Royals Rumors & News

  • MLB, umpires reach agreement on new contract

    Sporting News "Major League Baseball and its umpires will maintain labor peace for the next few seasons. The sides agreed to a five-year collective bargaining agreement late Friday, The Associated Press reported. The current agreement was set to expire Dec. 31. The umpires and team owners will hold..." December 21

  • Royals throw $11 million in the toilet by signing Alex Rios

    Tireball "The Kansas City Royals have signed Alex Rios to an $11 million deal. While this deal rivals the Braves giving Nick Markakis $44 million over four seasons it is at-least not that bad because Rios will be earning just 25% of what Markakis will. I have often shyed away from saying that players are..." December 19

  • Angels Acquire Johnny Giavotella From Royals

    MLB Trade Rumors "1:57pm: The Angels formally announced the deal. Right-hander Brian Broderick will be sent to the Royals to complete the transaction. Broderick, 28, has just 11 big league appearances to his credit with all of them coming in 2011. He was recently signed out of the Mexican League by..." December 19

  • Royals designate Johnny Giavotella for assignment

    Hardball Talk "To make room on the 40-man roster for Kris Medlen the Royals designated for assignment second baseman Johnny Giavotella, a former second-round draft pick who’s been stuck in the minors. Giavotella is a career .315 hitter with an .835 OPS and as many walks as strikeouts in nearly 2,000 plate..." December 18

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    Kansas City Royals @Royals

    Dayton Moore: expects Medlen to be a second half guy in 2015, coming off of TJ surgery.

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Source: Medlen two-year deal with #Royals worth $8.5M - $2M, $5.5M plus $10M mutual option with $1M buyout if either party declines.

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    Jon Heyman @JonHeymanCBS

    royals and volquez in agreement, $20, 2 yrs.

  • MLB releases statement on Cuban relations

    Sporting News "President Barack Obama's desire to restore relations with Cuba could have a significant impact on Major League Baseball. Obama said Wednesday he wants the U.S. to normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba because isolating the communist Caribbean country has not worked. "Neither the American..." December 17

  • Alex Rios and Royals agree to one year, $11 million

    Kansas City Star "The Royals’ next right fielder appears to have arrived. Alex Rios, a two-time All-Star who spent last season with the Texas Rangers, is close to signing a one-year, $11 million free-agent contract with the Royals, pending a physical, a source close to the negotiations told The Star on Monday..." December 16

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    Jon Heyman @JonHeymanCBS

    alex rios agrees to one-year with royals. $11M.

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    Matt Eddy @MattEddyBA

    #Royals sign slick-fielding Venezuelan SS Gabriel Noriega, the former #Mariners prospect who made a couple Top 30 Prospects lists.

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    Chris Cotillo @ChrisCotillo

    Mark Teahen has retired from baseball. Played seven major league seasons with #Royals, #WhiteSox, #BlueJays.

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    Jeff Passan @JeffPassan

    Source: Royals agree with Kendrys Morales on a two-year deal worth $17M. Performance bonuses could take it up to $18.5M.

  • MLB sees record $9 billion in revenues for 2014 "With 2014 soon coming to a close, Bud Selig and Major League Baseball can look back and say, “It was a very good year.” The league will see approx. $9 billion in gross revenues for the 2014 calendar year, a new record. Adjustments are still be calculated that could push the league slightly over..." December 10

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    Jerry Crasnick @jcrasnick

    Colby Rasmus is on #royals list of outfield options. Defense and power a plus. Lefty struggles and low OBP, not so much.

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    Jon Heyman @JonHeymanCBS

    word is, mariners, royals and indians are among teams to check in on alex rios

  • Luke Hochevar hopes to begin throwing off a mound in January

    Hardball Talk "Fresh off signing a new two-year, $10 million contract with the Royals this week, Luke Hochevar told Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star that he hopes to begin throwing off a mound in January. Hochevar missed the entire 2014 season following Tommy John surgery. The 31-year-old is currently..." December 06

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    Jon Heyman @JonHeymanCBS

    word is, mariners, royals and indians are among teams to check in on alex rios

  • Royals close to re-signing relief ace Luke Hochevar to two-year deal worth $10 million

    Kansas City Star "In organizational meetings in November, as the Royals pondered their route back to the World Series in 2015, team officials stressed the importance of preserving their pitching strength. The team has yet to find a replacement in the starting rotation for James Shields, but they have been active in..." December 03

  • Royals eye Cabrera, but Reds, Jays and others are also in Melky mix "The American League champion Royals, looking for bats, have been in contact with former Royal Melky Cabrera, although ultimately their small-market budget might make that a tight fit and force them to consider something more cost attractive. Cabrera's market should be strong coming off a season..." December 03

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    Jon Heyman @JonHeymanCBS

    indians, royals, rangers taking a look at kendrys morales. mariners, jays among other possibilities.

  • Jason Frasor agrees with Royals "Jason Frasor and the Kansas City Royals have agreed to a one-year contract with a 2016 mutual option that guarantees the reliever $1.8 million. Frasor gets $1.25 million next season under Friday's deal, down from $1.75 million this year. The 2016 option is for $2 million with a $550,000..." November 30

  • AL Central showing interest in Justin Masterson

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The Indians haven't shown a lot of interest in Justin Masterson outside of some early contact at the start of the free agent season. That doesn't mean their former ace will be a stranger come next season. Masterson, 30, has received inquiries from the four other teams in the AL Central –..." November 28

  • Royals, Marlins Swap Aaron Crow For Brian Flynn

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Marlins have acquired right-hander Aaron Crow from the Royals in exchange for left-hander Brian Flynn, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports" November 28

  • Royals Re-Sign Jason Frasor

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Royals announced that they have re-signed right-hander Jason Frasor to a one-year deal with a mutual option for the 2016 season. Frasor, a client of agent Dave Meier, reportedly receives a $1.25MM base in 2015 with a $2MM option that contains a $550K buyout. That makes for a $1.8MM guarantee,..." November 28

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    Los Angeles Dodgers @Dodgers

    The Dodgers have traded IF Ryan Jackson to Kansas City for cash considerations.

  • Willingham retires after 11 seasons "Josh Willingham is retiring from baseball after an 11-year major league career, the outfielder told on Monday. Willingham, 35, hit .253 with 195 home runs during a career that included stints with the Florida Marlins, Washington Nationals, Oakland Athletics, Minnesota Twins and Kansas..." November 24

  • Royals owner Glass not sure about a significant payroll spike

    Fox Sports Kansas City "With the added October playoff revenue and an expected boost in season attendance in 2015, one could anticipate the Royals' payroll -- about $95 million at season's end -- going up significantly next season. But that's not necessarily a given, Royals owner David Glass said at the owners meetings..." November 21

  • Report: A’s sign Billy Butler

    San Francisco Gate "According @MLBDailyRumors, the A’s have signed DH-first baseman Billy Butler to a three-year, $30 million deal. Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal confirmed that the A’s were in talks with Butler, and I am told by team sources that the sides are “engaged.” ESPN’s Buster Olney also is reporting that the..." November 19

  • Report: Rangers, Royals eyeing Kennedy

    San Diego Union-Tribune "Of the three pitchers the Padres may move for a bat, Ian Kennedy’s proximity to free agency makes him a natural asset to dangle on the trade market. As such, two teams – the Rangers and the Royals – have emerged as early options, Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal is reporting. In the final year of..." November 19

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Sources: #Marlins interested in Shields. Would cost team No. 12 pick in draft plus $$$. GM Dan Jennings drafted Shields for #Rays in 2000.

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Sources: #Athletics in serious talks with free agent Billy Butler. First reported: @CoverThoseBases.

  • James Shields interests Arizona - but can it afford him?

    Fox Sports "So far, we’ve heard very little about the market for free-agent right-hander James Shields. Well, here is one interested team: The Arizona Diamondbacks. The D-Backs tried to trade for Shields and Wade Davis two years ago in a three-way deal that would have sent Justin Upton to the Rangers..." November 18

  • Sources: Royals have had talks with Lester's agents

    Fox Sports Kansas City "The Royals have had preliminary discussions with the agents for free-agent left-hander Jon Lester, according to sources close to the situation. Also, a representative from ACES Baseball Agency, which represents Lester, was believed to have been in Kansas City on Wednesday night. But a source..." November 14

  • Joe Torre: Skippers no longer can use stall tactics for MLB replays

    New York Post "Rest in peace, Awkward Manager Ambling From The Dugout to the Field So a Team Can Decide Whether To Challenge a Call. You won’t be missed. Phase Two of Major League Baseball’s extended instant-replay rollout hasn’t yet been finalized, MLB executive vice president of baseball operations Joe..." November 13

  • Report: Billy Butler gets a three-year, $30 million offer

    Hardball Talk "Take it with a huge grain of salt, since it’s Phil Rogers. But this is what he wrote on A source indicated to that Butler has received a three-year, $30 million offer. That team is widely believed to be the Orioles. Orioles GM Dan Duquette denied it, telling’s..." November 12

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    Jerry Crasnick @jcrasnick

    The #royals people will be meeting with Billy Butler's agents from the Legacy agency today at the GMs meetings.

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    Andy McCullough @McCulloughStar

    Heard Royals were expected to meet with Brett Anderson’s reps this week. Dayton Moore has declined to confirm any specific meetings. Shrug.

  • Source: Royals’ 'interest' in Howard overblown

    CSN Philly "Ryan Howard is not going to the Kansas City Royals any time soon, and maybe not at all. USA Today reports that the Royals have had internal discussions about acquiring Howard from the Phillies, but a person with knowledge of the situation characterized the matter as overblown on..." November 11

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    Jon Heyman @JonHeymanCBS

    word is, nori aoki seeks a three-year deal. reds, royals among teams in (tho kc more focused on torii at moment)

  • Royals interested in retaining Raul Ibañez in off-field role

    Kansas City Star "Raul Ibañez has not officially declared his retirement, but multiple teams have reached out to him to gauge his interest in working as a coach or manager in 2015. Tampa Bay listed Ibañez as a candidate for their managerial interest. The Yankees contacted Ibañez about becoming their hitting..." November 10

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    MLB @MLB

    The 2014 #PlatinumGlove winners: @Yadimolina04 and Alex Gordon.

  • MLB Gold Glove awards 2014

    Sporting News "Major League Baseball's Rawlings Gold Glove Award winners for 2014 were announced Tuesday night. Voting was done by MLB managers and coaches before the end of the regular season. Three American League squad was dominated by the Royals and Orioles, who met in the ALCS. Kansas City placed Alex..." November 05

  • White Sox expected to pursue Norichika Aoki in free agency

    MLB Daily Dish "Free agent outfielder Norichika Aoki, less than a week removed from a Game 7 loss in the World Series, could find himself a member of the White Sox at some point this offseason. According to the Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo, the Sox have "a lot of interest" in the former Royals outfielder following..." November 04

  • Royals extend qualifying offer to James Shields

    Kansas City Star "The Royals have extended a one-year, $15.3 million qualifying offer to pitcher James Shields, and protected themselves with draft-pick compensation if Shields signs elsewhere. Shields has until Nov. 10 to accept or decline the offer. He is expected to enter free agency and reap a contract worth..." November 03

  • Should the Royals trade Greg Holland?

    Hardball Talk "Former major leaguer and current FOX Sports contributor C.J. Nitkowski argues that the American League champion Royals should trade All-Star closer Greg Holland. The Royals aren’t expected to expand their payroll much at all. Nitkowski points out that Holland will be entering his second of..." November 02

  • Royals decline 2015 option on Billy Butler

    The Globe and Mail "Billy Butler hopes to be playing for the Kansas City Royals again next season. Of course, the business of baseball could change all of that. The Royals declined their option on Butler for next season Saturday, making the former All-Star designated hitter a free agent for the first time in..." November 02

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    Matt Eddy @MattEddyBA

    #Royals sign 1B Balbino Fuenmayor, the former #BlueJays prospect who won BA Independent Leagues POY in Can-Am League

  • Royals manager Ned Yost undergoes minor surgery for skin cancer on nose

    Hardball Talk "According to Dick Kaegel of, Royals manager Ned Yost underwent minor surgery yesterday in Kansas City to remove skin cancer from his nose. Yost said the surgery was for basal cell carcinoma, the most common form of skin cancer. It’s typically caused by prolonged exposure to sun, which..." November 01

  • Yankees’ next hitting coach could be in Royals dugout

    New York Post "There was serious speculation running through Kauffman Stadium before the Giants’ 3-2 victory over the Royals in Game 7 of the World Series that the Yankees were waiting for the end of the Series on Wednesday night to contact the Royals’ Raul Ibanez to gauge his interest in becoming their hitting..." October 30