Royals Rumors & News

  • Source: Red Sox talks signal interest in signing both J.D. Martinez, Eric Hosmer

    Boston Herald "A source at the winter meetings said that the Red Sox are engaged in talks with not only free agent outfielder J.D. Martinez but also free agent first baseman Eric Hosmer. The intent is not to try to ensure signing one of the two elite hitters, said the source. The goal is to try to sign..." December 14

  • Padres Emerge As ‘Clear-Cut Favorites’ To Sign Eric Hosmer

    NESN "As Major League Baseball’s Winter Meetings wrap up, teams are homing in on their targets. And it appears the San Diego Padres have a man in mind. The Padres have emerged as the “clear-cut” favorites to sign free agent first baseman Eric Hosmer, USA TODAY’s Bob Nightengale reported Thursday..." December 14

  • Danny Duffy responds to trade rumors: ‘Bury me a Royal’

    Kansas City Star "Inside their suite at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort, Royals officials have spent this week’s winter meetings receiving texts and phone calls from rival teams inquiring about the availability of starting pitcher Danny Duffy. The Royals, for now, are listening. Duffy, however, has..." December 13

  • Padres Remain 'Strongly in Mix' for Eric Hosmer

    Bleacher Report "The San Diego Padres are reportedly looking to make a run at prized free-agent first baseman Eric Hosmer, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. Per Heyman, the Padres are "thinking big" and remain "strongly in the mix" for Hosmer's services. The 28-year-old Hosmer spent the first seven..." December 12

  • Royals discouraged by chances of re-signing Hosmer

    Kansas City Star "Shohei Ohtani chose the Angels. Giancarlo Stanton appears headed for New York. Is Eric Hosmer the next offseason domino to fall? That question could be answered this week as Major League Baseball convenes for its annual Winter Meetings at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort in Lake..." December 10

  • Hosmer visits San Diego as Padres hold keen interest

    Fanrag Sports "Star free agent first baseman Eric Hosmer visited in San Diego with the Padres Thursday, lending more credence to their scenario that he could wind up with the small-market club that’s still in a rebuild. Some may see the low-revenue Padres as an unlikely fit for a big-time free agent, but a..." December 08

  • Mike Minor gets three-years, $28 million from the Rangers

    Hardball Talk "Yesterday it was reported that the Texas Rangers signed Mike Minor, late of the Kansas City Royals bullpen. Today Jeff Passan of Yahoo has the contract details: it’s a three-year, $28 million deal and Minor gets a no-trade clause covering ten teams. That’s a pretty nifty contract for a guy who..." December 06

  • Royals sign Yefri Del Rosario

    Fanrag Sports "The Kansas City Royals have signed former Atlanta Braves prospect Yefri Del Rosario, according to a report from MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez. Del Rosario, an 18-year-old right-handed pitcher, was one of 13 prospects that were stripped from the Braves after an investigation revealed that Atlanta’s..." December 05

  • Royals sign relief pitcher Wily Peralta to one-year contract

    Kansas City Star "The Royals added to their pitching staff on Tuesday, signing right-hander Wily Peralta to a one-year contract with a club option for 2019 worth a guaranteed $1.525 million. He will make $1.5 million in 2018 with incentives worth up to $1.25 million each year. The option year is for $3 million..." December 05

  • Royals Likely Headed For Rebuild

    MLB Trade Rumors "After a half-decade at or near the top of the AL Central, two appearances in the World Series and one championship, the Royals now look to be going in the opposite direction. As Eric Hosmer, Lorenzo Cain and Mike Moustakas all hit the free-agent market, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic writes..." December 04

  • Eric Hosmer may be looking for a superstar deal, but the market should be careful

    CBS Sports "Royals lifer Eric Hosmer is one of the most coveted free agents of the offseason. Sure, that says much about the relative depth of the 2017-18 class of free agents, but Hosmer's rep, Scott Boras, has already floated the idea of a $200 million contract for his client. Hosmer's not going to get..." December 02

  • Greg Holland, Mike Moustakas named MLB Comeback Players of the Year for 2017

    Bleacher Report "Major League Baseball announced Friday that Colorado Rockies closer Greg Holland and Kansas City Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas have won the 2017 Comeback Player of the Year Awards in the National League and American League, respectively. Holland missed all of 2016 after undergoing Tommy..." December 01

  • Top offseason trade candidates not named Giancarlo Stanton

    CBS Sports "Barring any surprises -- I think we'd all welcome some surprise hot stove activity -- the two biggest stories of the 2017-18 MLB offseason will be the Shohei Ohtani sweepstakes and the Giancarlo Stanton trade market. Ohtani is expected to be posted in the coming days and the 21-day negotiating..." November 28

  • MLB Sets Record For Revenues In 2017, Increasing More Than $500 Million Since 2015

    Forbes.com "Major League Baseball continues to hit home runs on the business side. According to sources at the league, 2017 marks the 15th consecutive year MLB has seen record gross revenues, surpassing the $10 billion mark for the first time. By comparison, the league saw revenues approaching $9.5 billion at..." November 22

  • MLB wants 20-second pitch clock as pace-of-play initiative in 2018

    ESPN "The serious negotiations over Major League Baseball's pace-of-play initiatives haven't really started yet and probably won't for weeks to come. Once MLB and the Players Association dig into their talks, there will be haggling over the particulars of some ideas, like restrictions on the number of..." November 21

  • BBWAA announces 2018 Hall of Fame ballot

    Sporting News "The Baseball Writers’ Association of America on Monday announced the 33 candidates for the 2018 Hall of Fame ballot. The ballot lists 14 returning players who received at least five percent of the overall vote in 2017. Among those players, Trevor Hoffman (74.0 percent) and Vladimir Guerrero..." November 20

  • Deadline To Set 40-Man Rosters For Rule 5 Draft Is Tonight

    MLB Trade Rumors "The deadline for Major League teams to set their 40-man rosters in advance of next month’s Rule 5 Draft is tonight at 8pm ET. As such, baseball fans should expect to see a flurry of activity over the next 11 hours. There will be likely be players designated for assignment, outrighted and claimed..." November 20

  • Mike Moustakas reportedly wants to sign with Angels

    Larry Brown Sports "The Los Angeles Angels have been tied to free agent Mike Moustakas once again. ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reported on Wednesday that Moustakas has the Angels No. 1 on his list of teams with whom he would like to sign. A former No. 2 overall pick by the Kansas City Royals, Moustakas turned down a..." November 17

  • Cardinals may have interest in Eric Hosmer

    CBS Sports "The Cardinals are looking to add some juice to the lineup this offseason, as evinced by their bring one of the teams prominently in pursuit of trade candidate Giancarlo Stanton. In the event that they're unable to pull off such a blockbuster, the Cardinals may turn to the free agent pool for some..." November 17

  • Report: MLBPA challenging NPB posting system, delaying Shohei Ohtani’s move to MLB

    Hardball Talk "Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball had a “tentative agreement” in place to allow the Nippon Ham Fighters to post Shohei Ohtani — a lauded pitcher and hitter — for $20 million. However, the players’ union is challenging the system, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports, which will..." November 16

  • New MLB-NPB Posting Agreement Still Weeks Away

    MLB Trade Rumors "The hope is that Major League Baseball and Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball will finalize a new posting system at some point in early December, MLB Chief Legal Officer Dan Halem tells reporters including Joel Sherman of the New York Post (Twitter link). Until that comes to pass, Japanese..." November 15

  • MLB wants to get a pitch clock in place for the 2018 season

    Hardball Talk "As several games dragged on well past the three and four hour mark this postseason, fans active online increasingly chattered about the need for a pitch clock, rules limiting mound visits or some other means of moving things along. Today at the owners meetings down in Florida, MLB’s Chief Legal..." November 15

  • Padres to make run at Eric Hosmer?

    ESPN "The San Diego Padres could be a surprise suitor in this winter's Eric Hosmer sweepstakes. The Pads are internally discussing the idea of pursuing the coveted free-agent first baseman, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports. Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune hears the same, noting the..." November 15

  • Royals growing pessimistic about re-signing top free agents

    Larry Brown Sports "The Kansas City Royals are not feeling particularly confident about their chances of running it back with their current core next season, according to a report. Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reported on Tuesday that the Royals have become “increasingly more pessimistic” about their chances of..." November 14

  • Jays reach out to free agent Cain

    TSN "According to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick, sources say the Toronto Blue Jays have reached out to free agent outfielder Lorenzo Cain. Crasnick says the New York Mets have also reached out early regarding Cain. The Texas Rangers, Seattle Mariners and San Francisco Giants all have openings in centre..." November 14

  • Royals will try hard to retain Hosmer and Moustakas

    Fanrag Sports "The Royals, who now seem less inclined to do a rebuild, are looking closely at potential returns for star infielders Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas but appear to have all but given up hope of retaining star center fielder Lorenzo Cain. Kansas City has been thought to be weighing a real..." November 12

  • Morrison: Playing for Royals would be 'dream come true'

    Kansas City Star "There is at least one free-agent first baseman with a strong desire to play for the Royals. Logan Morrison, a Kansas City native coming off a career season in Tampa Bay, said Thursday in an interview with MLB Network Radio that playing for his hometown Royals would be “fulfilling a..." November 09

  • Royals manager Ned Yost broke his pelvis after falling out of a tree

    Hardball Talk "Royals manager Ned Yost broke his pelvis following a fall from a tree on the property of his Georgia home over the weekend. Yost was working on a tree stand — he’s a big hunter — when he fell. As of last night Yost was still in the hospital, but he is expected to make a full recovery. " November 09

  • Braves unlikely to pursue free-agent Mike Moustakas

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Free-agent third baseman Mike Moustakas already has been linked to the Braves. But the team is unlikely to dive into what’s expected to be a steep bidding war for the two-time All-Star. The Braves need help at third base and in the power department. Moustakas provides that, but at a potentially..." November 09

  • MLB sees increase in sponsor spending while NFL is trending negative

    Awful Announcing "Coming off a successful postseason, Major League Baseball got some more good news. According to a new report, MLB saw a record in corporate sponsorship spending of $892 million, a jump of almost 8%. It comes after the 2016 World Series, which was the most-watched Fall Classic in 12 years, while..." November 08

  • Royals Hire New Coaches To Round Out Staff

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Royals have completed their coaching staff with a slate of new hires, per a team announcement (h/t MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan; Twitter links). Kansas City has shaken up manager Ned Yost’s staff a bit as the organization enters an offseason of no little uncertainty. Terry Bradshaw has been..." November 07

  • Royals mascot heading to the Hall of Fame

    Yardbarker "The Kansas City Royals are, sadly, one of the most underrepresented teams in baseball’s Hall of Fame. On the flip side, when the Mascot Hall of Fame opens its doors in March, there will likely be plenty of royal blue (and with any luck powder blue) represented in Whiting, Ind. You see, Monday,..." November 07

  • Royals make qualifying offer to Eric Hosmer

    Hardball Talk "The Kansas City Royals extended a one-year, $17.2 million qualifying offer to first baseman Eric Hosmer. Not surprising at all. Hosmer will certainly turn it down too, as he’s one of the top free agents on the market and is likely looking for a deal that pays him $20 million a year over a..." November 06

  • Yankees, Mets battling for Mike Moustakas?

    Newark Star-Ledger "A game of musical third basemen could play out in New York this winter. With the Mets (David Wright, Asdrubal Cabrera) and Yankees (Chase Headley) both entering the offseason without the future at third base entrenched at the hot corner, expect to see both teams linked to similar..." November 06

  • Kennedy won't opt out of contract with Royals

    Hardball Talk "Royals’ right-hander Ian Kennedy will not opt out of his contract, according to a report from FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman. It’s a no-brainer for Kennedy, who mulled over the decision in September and eventually told reporters, “It would be pretty stupid if I did [opt out].” He still has three years..." November 04

  • Report | Mike Minor to decline mutual option

    Fanrag Sports "Kansas City Royals left-handed relief pitcher Mike Minor will decline his mutual option on Friday, according to Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com, who also noted that the American League Central franchise does have interest in re-signing the veteran hurler as a closer, “depending on the cost.” The..." November 03

  • Report: Red Sox expected to pursue Eric Hosmer in free agency

    Larry Brown Sports "The Boston Red Sox may be getting a major upgrade at first base this winter. FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Thursday that “there is an expectation” the Red Sox could pursue former All-Star slugger Eric Hosmer in free agency. The 28-year-old Hosmer is coming off perhaps his best season..." November 03

  • From Jose Canseco to J.J. Watt, everyone thinks MLB balls are juiced

    Chicago Sun-Times "As balls sailed out of Major League ballparks in record fashion this past season, the whispers from disbelievers were drowned out by the roars of the longball-clamoring crowd. But after Sunday’s World Series slugfest that saw a combined seven home runs with the Houston Astros finally prevailing..." October 31

  • Royals’ owner denies Braves permission to interview Dayton Moore, report says

    Kansas City Star "Royals owner David Glass has denied the Atlanta Braves permission to interview general manager Dayton Moore for a job running their baseball operations, according to an ESPN report on Friday that cited anonymous baseball sources. The Braves’ general manager job has been open since Oct. 2,..." October 27

  • Dayton Moore Suggests He’s Not Interested In Leaving Royals

    MLB Trade Rumors "Royals GM Dayton Moore has been mentioned repeatedly as a theoretical candidate to join the Braves’ front office. But he largely dismissed any such notion in comments today to MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan (Twitter link). Moore, who has run Kansas City’s baseball operations since 2006, said that..." October 18

  • Major League Baseball considering expansion, radical realignment

    Hardball Talk "Tracy Ringolsby of Baseball America wrote yesterday about a “growing consensus” within baseball that expansion and realignment are inevitable. The likely expansion cities: Portland and Montreal. The 32-team league would then undergo a radical realignment that would also involve reducing the season..." October 17

  • Major League Baseball should amend replay review for on/off base disputes

    Hardball Talk "The Cubs won Thursday’s NLDS Game 5 by a 9-8 score over the Nationals and were aided in part by replay review in the eighth inning, helping Wade Davis escape a jam. The Nationals had scored a run on a Michael Taylor RBI single, cutting their deficit to one run. Lobaton kept the rally going with a..." October 13

  • MLB Sets 2017-18 Qualifying Offer At $17.4MM

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball has set the qualifying offer for the upcoming offseason at $17.4MM, MLBTR’s Tim Dierkes reports (Twitter link). With the news, teams can now make full assessments of whether to issue qualifying offers to pending free agents. Offers are due five days after the World Series..." October 13

  • Draft: First-Round Order For 2018

    Real GM Baseball "The regular season is over, so the order of the first round of the 2018 Major League Baseball draft has been solidified. 1. Detroit Tigers 2. San Francisco Giants 3. Philadelphia Phillies 4. Chicago White Sox 5. Cincinnati Reds 6. New York Mets 7. San Diego Padres 8...." October 02

  • MLB names World Series MVP Award in Honor of Willie Mays

    Hardball Talk "Major League Baseball just announced that it has renamed the World Series Most Valuable Player Award in honor of Willie Mays. Beginning with the 2017 World Series, the MVP of the Fall Classic will now be recognized as the “Willie Mays World Series Most Valuable Player.” The announcement comes..." September 29

  • Royals willing to make serious offer to re-sign Hosmer

    Fanrag Sports "The Kansas City Royals love Eric Hosmer, and all signs suggest they will try to keep him even if it won’t be easy. Word is, they are willing to make a serious offer (presumably $100 million plus) to Hosmer, though they expect some big-market competition, perhaps from the Boston Red Sox,..." September 28

  • 'Concussion' doctor Bennet Omalu says MLB's seven-day DL is 'a joke'

    CBS Sports "The San Diego Padres have had a rough season when it comes to catcher concussions. Backup Hector Sanchez missed a week in April after taking a ball off the mask. Meanwhile, starter Austin Hedges missed closer to two weeks due to his own concussion -- one that required vision training before he..." September 28

  • The time two umpires almost got blackmailed over a hookup with strippers

    Hardball Talk "I didn’t put “must-click link” in the headline because there wasn’t room, but I kinda doubt I need to tell you that you need to click on this link, which takes you to a wonderful story by William Ryczek over at The National Pastime Museum. The short version: in 1960 two big league umpires, Ed..." September 27

  • Major League Baseball wants you to look at a screen while you’re at the ballpark

    Hardball Talk "During the debate last week involving expanded netting at major league ballparks, the familiar refrain from the anti-netting crowd rung out: “hey, netting wouldn’t be necessary if you simply paid attention!” These folks get particularly upset at the idea of people looking at their phones or..." September 25

  • Another young fan was struck by a foul ball, this time at Guaranteed Rate Field

    Hardball Talk "ESPN reports via the Associated Press that a young boy was struck by a line drive foul ball but was not seriously injured during Sunday afternoon’s game against the Royals. The boy and a woman were escorted by a first aid crew to the concourse area and the boy was later eating ice cream in a..." September 25