Royals Rumors & News

  • Royals bringing former Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz into spring training camp

    Kansas City Star "The Royals are working toward an agreement with free-agent right-hander Clay Buchholz on a minor-league contract, a source told The Star. Buchholz, 33, missed almost all of 2017 after surgery to repair a torn flexor tendon in his right forearm. He made two starts for Philadelphia before the..." March 19

  • Royals sign Justin Grimm to a one-year, $1.25 million deal

    Kansas City Star "The Royals on Sunday signed former Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Justin Grimm to a one-year contract, which is worth $1.25 million with up to $300,000 in incentives. Grimm, released by the Cubs on Thursday, said he texted former Royals closer Wade Davis to talk about KC. " March 18

  • Report: A’s agree to one-year deal with pitcher Trevor Cahill

    San Jose Mercury News "It appears Trevor Cahill and the A’s are going to have a reunion this season. According to a report from’s Jane Lee, the A’s have an agreement with the right-handed pitcher on a one-year major league deal. Cahill, 30, was drafted by the A’s in 2006 and played three seasons, making..." March 17

  • Royals tab Danny Duffy to start Opening Day

    Hardball Talk "Royals manager Ned Yost has announced that Danny Duffy will start on Opening Day for the Royals at home against the White Sox on March 29, Rustin Dodd of The Athletic reports. This will be Duffy’s second consecutive Opening Day start. Duffy, 29, finished last season with a 3.81 ERA and a 130/41..." March 15

  • Minor League Baseball Announces Pace Of Play Rules Changes

    MLB Trade Rumors "We’ve already covered the much-discussed rules changes at the MLB level relating to pace of play. That is certainly the most pertinent recent development in the rules arena, which has emerged as a point of no little controversy between the league and player’s union. Today, though, the..." March 15

  • Minor league baseball to begin extra innings with a runner on second

    Hardball Talk "Minor League Baseball announced several rules changes aimed at reducing the length of extra innings games and the number of mound visits. The changes: All extra innings will begin with a runner on second base. The runner at second base will be the player in the batting order position..." March 14

  • Nobody may want an offseason do-over more than Scott Boras

    ESPN "There is no notation on the calendar, no government declaration, but many agents treated Friday as a holiday, a time for celebration. The text messages might as well have contained ascending balloons and exploding fireworks, and the voices on the celebratory phone calls were filled with..." March 13

  • Ned Yost not worried about Mike Moustakas getting into playing shape

    Yardbarker "Ned Yost does not seem to be the least bit concerned about Mike Moustakas getting into playing shape. Moustakas on Thursday agreed to a contract to return to the Kansas City Royals. He is showing up late for spring training, which could lead to some concerns about whether he will be ready when..." March 11

  • Jorge Bonifacio Reportedly Suspended 80 Games for Positive PED Test

    Bleacher Report "Kansas City Royals outfielder Jorge Bonifacio was suspended for 80 games without pay after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance Saturday. According to Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Bonifacio tested positive for Boldenone." March 10

  • Scott Boras denies Moustakas was offered three-year, $45 million deal by Angels

    CBS Sports "Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas is back in Kansas City after a prolonged period of free agency and an agreement on a contract that looks incredibly club-friendly. It could be as little as one year and $6.5 million. Coming off a season in which he set a Royals record with 38 home runs, no one..." March 10

  • MLB inks deal to air 25 games exclusively on Facebook Watch

    Awful Announcing "On Friday morning, Major League Baseball announced that they would be airing 25 games exclusively on Facebook Watch this season. The package of games is made up of mid-week afternoon games, and will be produced by MLB Network. The games will be available to watch through Facebook’s MLB Live..." March 09

  • Mike Moustakas lost more than $10 million this offseason

    New York Post "Mike Moustakas should’ve just taken the money. The power-hitting third basemen lost more than $10 million by playing the waiting game all winter, until he resigned with the Royals on a one-year contract that guarantees him $6.5 million, according to Yahoo. Moustakas, 29, could end up earning..." March 09

  • Mike Moustakas’ deal shows just how broken free agency is

    Hardball Talk "In case you missed it, last night Mike Moustakas agreed to a one-year deal to return to the Royals this year. He’ll make $5.5 million. Presuming that the mutual option he and the Royals stuck in the deal is declined — and they’re almost always declined — he’ll get a $1 million buyout next year, so..." March 09

  • Report: Royals Ownership Screwed Team Over by Nixing Eric Hosmer Offer

    12 Up "​Welp, the Kansas City Royals ownership really screwed the pooch on this one. Back in January, the Royals and the ​San Diego Padres were the two teams that were in most serious pursuit of slugging first baseman ​Eric Hosmer. Hosmer wanted seven years, and that is what both teams offered..." March 09

  • Royals pursuing Moustakas on 1-year deal

    CBS Sports "After losing Eric Hosmer and Lorenzo Cain to free agency over the winter, the Kansas City Royals appear to be close to getting one of their core players back. The team is reportedly working on a short-term deal with third baseman Mike Moustakas. Moustakas was undoubtedly hoping for a large..." March 08

  • How Royals became first MLB team to ‘take a stand against porn’

    New York Post "The Royals made room for an anti-porn seminar in their spring training lineup this year. Following pitcher Danny Duffy’s DUI arrest over the summer, general manager Dayton Moore spoke of outside distractions and the potential impact on players’ psyches at his press conference last August,..." March 08

  • Royals closing in on deal with Nolasco

    Yardbarker "The Royals are closing in on an agreement with free-agent right-hander Ricky Nolasco, reports ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick (on Twitter). Nolasco, a client of Sosnick, Cobbe & Karon, will provide some depth for a thin group of rotation candidates with the Royals, who recently lost righty Jesse Hahn to the..." March 07

  • Scott Boras Reports Progress On Remaining Free Agents

    MLB Trade Rumors "Agent Scott Boras, who represents many of the top remaining free agents, suggested to’s Jon Morosi that at least some of his clients could be nearing new contracts. (Twitter link.) Boras represents four still-unsigned players who had spots on MLBTR’s Top 50 Free Agent list: Jake..." March 07

  • The fickle worth and uncertain future of Mike Moustakas

    Kansas City Star "By now his friends are all working, the ones he struggled and laughed with, failed and won with. Many of them are here, at Royals camp, where Mike Moustakas spent his last 10 springs. They miss him. "He'll always be part of what we did," general manager Dayton Moore said. Others are in new..." March 07

  • Royals Sign Jon Jay

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Royals have signed outfielder Jon Jay to a one-year deal, per a club announcement. It’s a $3MM guarantee with as much as $1.5MM in incentives, per Rustin Dodd of The Athletic (via Twitter). The bonuses are based upon plate appearances and can begin to be earned at Jay’s 250th trip to the..." March 06

  • Union: Baseball players grappling with ‘historically different’ market

    Detroit News "Three weeks from the start of the 2018 big-league season, Tony Clark has a problem. Too many unemployed stars are waiting for phone calls, or for contracts, or for offers that might lead to contracts the players and their agents believe are worthwhile. But it’s not happening. Jake Arrieta...." March 06

  • Rob Manfred is mad at West Virginia over sports gambling

    Hardball Talk "It’s been a minute since we’ve talked about legalized sports gambling here. We should remedy that, because legalized sports gambling is going to be the next gigantic cash cow for professional sports leagues, Major League Baseball included. First, to get everyone up to speed: Currently,..." March 05

  • Royals hoped to sign Neil Walker to minor-league contract

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Royals tried to bring in free agent second baseman Neil Walker on a minor league deal with an invitation to big league camp, but he wasn’t receptive to that, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports. As a member of the Royals, Walker could have pushed for a role at second (they already..." March 04

  • Padres' Hosmer: 'It was weird' playing against Royals

    San Diego Union-Tribune "There were far more Royals fans than Padres fans inside the stadium at Peoria Sports Complex on Friday, a few of them wearing jerseys with “35” and “HOSMER” on the back. Eric Hosmer now wears No. 30 for the Padres, forced to change because No. 35 is retired in San Diego in honor of Randy Jones...." March 03

  • Slow Market Likely Means Record March Spending

    MLB Trade Rumors "In an offseason that’s been unlike any in big league history, it should come as no surprise that the month of March is on track for an unprecedented level of spending. While the remaining free agents at the top of the market almost certainly won’t find contracts matching the expectations they..." March 02

  • The cores of the baseballs used since 2015 have changed

    Hardball Talk "Last year two different studies — one by Ben Lindbergh and Mitchel Lichtman for The Ringer, and another by FiveThirtyEight’s Rob Arthur — found evidence that baseballs were altered at some point around the middle of the 2015 season. In 2015, 4,909 home runs were hit across the league. That wasn’t..." March 01

  • Rangers Acquire International Bonus Money From Royals

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rangers have acquired international bonus pool money in a swap with the Royals, per an announcement from the Texas organization. Righty Domingo Pena is heading to Kansas City in return. While the precise value of the spending capacity being exchanged isn’t clear from the announcement, it..." February 28

  • Royals Agree To Terms With Lucas Duda

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Royals have struck a deal with free agent first baseman Lucas Duda, according to Robert Murray of Fan Rag (via Twitter). The deal, which is pending physical, promises Duda $3.5MM, per Fan Rag’s Jon Heyman (Twitter link). It seems, then, that the veteran Duda will function as the replacement..." February 28

  • MLBPA Files Grievance Against Four Teams Over Revenue Sharing Funds

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Major League Baseball Player’s Association has initiated a grievance proceeding against the Athletics, Marlins, Pirates, and Rays regarding those teams’ spending of revenue sharing dollars, according to a report from Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. This general issue has been..." February 27

  • Major League Baseball orders balls stored in climate controlled rooms for some reason

    Hardball Talk "Tom Verducci of Sports Illustrated reports that Major League Baseball will mandate that teams store baseballs in “an air-conditioned and enclosed room[s]” this season. He adds that the league will install climate sensors in each room to measure temperature and humidity during the 2018 season, with..." February 23

  • After a year off, former Royal Luke Hochevar still seeks comeback, agent says

    Kansas City Star "Former Royals pitcher Luke Hochevar has not pitched in a major-league game since July 21, 2016. He missed all of last season after undergoing surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome. But he’s not retiring. Hochevar is still planning to pitch again, his agent, Scott Boras, said Tuesday...." February 22

  • Report: MLB floating idea of letting trailing team bat anyone they want in 9th inning

    Larry Brown Sports "Major League Baseball has been searching for ways in recent years to improve pace of play and inject more drama into games, but one idea that an MLB executive floated this week seems downright preposterous. During Tuesday’s edition of “The Rich Eisen Show,” Eisen revealed that he was told by an..." February 21

  • In looking for Hosmer replacement, Royals signal coming rebuild

    Kansas City Star "As Eric Hosmer prepares for his first season in San Diego, the Royals are unlikely to search for his replacement on the free-agent market or seek a reunion with third baseman Mike Moustakas, general manager Dayton Moore said Sunday. The club could search for a cost-friendly alternative at first..." February 20

  • MLB Rumors: Mike Moustakas to Yankees or White Sox?

    Newark Star-Ledger "The MLB free agent market (finally) is starting to dry up, especially for teams looking to add an impact bat. Outfielder J.D. Martinez and his 45 home runs signed with the Boston Red Sox. First baseman Eric Hosmer and his 25 home runs signed with the San Diego Padres. Could former Kansas City..." February 20

  • Royals only offered Eric Hosmer five-year deal

    Larry Brown Sports "The Kansas City Royals wanted Eric Hosmer back, but it’s quite clear why he ended up leaving the organization. According to Robert Murray of FanRag Sports, the Royals’ front office was serious about bringing Hosmer back, but ownership was less so. Subsequently, the team’s offer to Hosmer was..." February 19

  • Royals' Yost: I didn't hear from Hosmer 'even on my death bed'

    Kansas City Star "Royals manager Ned Yost sunk into a chair in his office here on Sunday morning and reflected on seven seasons spent with Eric Hosmer. He remarked on the World Series championship, the years of building and the joy of watching a young player grow into a star. He also offered one of his favorite..." February 18

  • ‘No indication’ Royals are trying to re-sign Mike Moustakas

    Larry Brown Sports "With Eric Hosmer headed to the San Diego Padres, there has been some speculation that the Kansas City Royals could try to bring back third baseman Mike Moustakas instead. However, there is no real indication that’s going to happen, according to ESPN’s Buster Olney, who reported Sunday that the..." February 18

  • Padres, Eric Hosmer agree to terms

    San Diego Union-Tribune "The Padres got their man. The team and free agent first baseman Eric Hosmer have agreed to a deal, two sources said Saturday night. The average annual value of the eight-year deal is $18 million, the largest monetary commitment in Padres history. The Padres had said they would be..." February 18

  • Royals' Duffy 'excited to erase and re-record' after tumultuous 2017

    ESPN "Kansas City Royals pitcher Danny Duffy had a tumultuous 2017 on and off the field that included a DUI arrest and wildfires, but the left-hander is ready to start fresh. "The gamut of life," Duffy said. "Anything there is in life, I was pretty much able to achieve it last year. I'm looking..." February 18

  • Scott Boras remains patient, but he and his free agents are really testing the limit

    New York Daily News "It’s three days into spring training, with full squads reporting in five days — does Scott Boras know where his free agents’ teams are? Baseball’s Avenging Agent is accustomed to playing the waiting game, even into March, and when it comes to getting the richest contracts for his clients,..." February 16

  • Royals win arbitration case against reliever Brandon Maurer

    Kansas City Star "Royals general manager Dayton Moore is still perfect in arbitration cases. In the Royals’ first arbitration hearing with a player since Moore took over in 2006, the club defeated reliever Brandon Maurer on Friday morning. Maurer will be paid $2.95 million in 2018. Maurer, 27, filed for $3.5..." February 16

  • Jason Vargas, Mets agree to two-year deal

    ESPN "The New York Mets and starting pitcher Jason Vargas have reached agreement on a two-year, $16 million deal, a source confirmed to ESPN on Friday. The deal, which is pending a physical, includes a club option for 2020, an MLB source told ESPN's Jerry Crasnick. The agreement was first reported..." February 16

  • The Royals are waiting on Eric Hosmer. Here’s their contingency plan at first base

    Kansas City Star "At the front of the clubhouse here, a row of locker stalls that once belonged to stars has been re-assigned to younger players. This is where Eric Hosmer made his home each spring, not far from the lockers of Mike Moustakas and Lorenzo Cain, just around the corner from the front doorway. On..." February 15

  • Club exec: Front-office staffer was asked to leave workout at free-agent camp

    The Score "The Major League Baseball Players Association announced earlier this week that media members won't be allowed at the union's free-agent training camp in Bradenton, Fla., and it doesn't look like front-office executives are welcome at IMG Academy, either. On Wednesday, a general manager's..." February 14

  • MLB Rumors: Yankees keeping in touch with long-shot Moustakas

    Fanrag Sports "Free agent third baseman Mike Moustakas and the Yankees have been in occasional contact in recent days, though Yankees people suggest the signing of any star remains unlikely at this moment due to concerns over the luxury-tax threshold and potential loss of a draft pick. Moustakas would..." February 13

  • Lawsuit: Baseball Agency Made Under-The-Table Payments To Players, Helped Provide Them PEDs

    Deadspin "ACES Baseball Agency is being sued by a former associate, Juan Carlos Nuñez, who says his former bosses encouraged him to make under-the-table payments to players and their families as well as help clients get steroids for bigger contracts. The lawsuit was filed today in New York State Supreme..." February 13

  • Report: Padres, Royals still talking to Eric Hosmer

    Larry Brown Sports "The San Diego Padres and Kansas City Royals have not given up their reported pursuit of free agent first baseman Eric Hosmer. According to Dennis Lin of the Athletic, both the Royals and Padres have kept in contact with Hosmer’s agent Scott Boras recently. The Padres have reportedly stepped up..." February 12

  • The Montreal Expos Can Fix Baseball’s Free Agency Problem

    Uproxx "The World Series was pretty great for the second year in a row, and we’re in the middle of a dinger golden age. Is baseball great? You bet. But it’s very possible that the sport is also broken on some level. Some of the principals seem to think so, especially when it comes to the economics of the..." February 12

  • Scott Boras not sending his clients to MLBPA spring training

    Larry Brown Sports "If the MLBPA does end up organizing its own spring training for players who remain unsigned, some of the top free agents on the market will not be attending. On Thursday, Scott Boras told ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick that he is not planning to send any of his clients to a free agent camp. At this..." February 08

  • MLB blames agents for overpricing their free agent clients

    Larry Brown Sports "The Major League Baseball Players Association issued a statement on Tuesday ripping teams for their supposed concerted effort to drive down the price of free agents, and the league returned fire shortly thereafter. After MLBPA executive director Tony Clark accused MLB teams of engaging in a..." February 06