Royals Rumors & News

  • Nate Karns underwent season-ending surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome

    Hardball Talk "’s Jeffrey Flanagan reports that Royals pitcher Nate Karns underwent surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome on Wednesday. He’s expected to be ready for spring training next year. Karns went on the disabled list in May with an elbow injury and didn’t make much progress. The Royals acquired..." July 21

  • Giants expected to sign Pablo Sandoval with Royals interested

    Fanrag Sports "Although it is expected that the San Francisco Giants will be bringing back free-agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval on Friday afternoon, the three-time World Series Champion is also receiving some other interest from around the league. A source close to the station has highlighted the Kansas City..." July 21

  • Likely destinations for all the top stars on the block

    USA Today "The Cleveland Indians witnessed it first-hand over the weekend, and would love to stuff him in their overhead compartment Wednesday afternoon when they fly home from the Bay Area after a week-long stay. The Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers can line up their playoff rotations now, with a..." July 18

  • Royals MiLB player Khalil Lee strikes out eight times in 21-inning game

    Sportsnaut "When baseball games go long, weird stats tend to happen. Khalil Lee of the Lexington Legends, the Class A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals, found that out the hard way. Lee took a 1-for-9 in the game, which dropped his batting average by five points. But that’s not the story. No, the story..." July 15

  • Mike Moustakas could sign with Angels in offseason

    Larry Brown Sports "After spending the first seven years of his big-league career in Kansas City, Mike Moustakas may be headed west. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports on Thursday that the Royals third baseman “continues to be linked to the Angels for next year.” Heyman also notes that Moustakas is originally..." July 14

  • 2017 World Series Odds for Every MLB Team at the All-Star Break

    Bleacher Report "As MLB takes an All-Star-break breather, a clear crop of World Series contenders has surfaced above a crowd of playoff candidates. Even if the entire American League stays alive well past the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, one distinct favorite hovers a step over three other potent title..." July 12

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred reveals the league may expand to these three cities

    New York Daily News "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred is considering making the big leagues even bigger. While taking questions at Monday's FanFest, Manfred discussed the idea of possible expansion in the league's future. He mentioned three cities that could someday find themselves with an MLB..." July 11

  • Nate Karns might need season-ending surgery

    Hardball Talk "Two Royals pitchers are facing a premature end to the 2017 season, according to comments from club manager Ned Yost and vice president of communication Mike Swanson. Left-hander Matt Strahm underwent season-ending knee surgery on Friday after sustaining a torn patellar tendon in his left knee last..." July 08

  • Royals' Duffy calls out MLB for excessive drug tests

    Fanrag Sports "Kansas City Royals left-handed pitcher Danny Duffy is listed at 6-foot-3 and 205 pounds, but that hasn’t stopped MLB officials from slowing down on the testing. Duffy took to his Twitter account on Friday to state that he’s been tested 12 times already this season, promising that his stature is..." July 08

  • Did fans get the MLB Final Vote right?

    The Comeback "It’s okay to go back on Twitter now, as the Final Vote chaos has finally (and thankfully) ended. The Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner has been selected by fans to be the final player on the National League roster, while the Kansas City Royals’ Mike Moustakas has been chosen as the American..." July 07

  • Justin Turner, Mike Moustakas win All-Star Game final vote

    USA Today "Third basemen Justin Turner and Mike Moustakas rode a groundswell of support from their fan bases - and a cooperative effort - to prevail in online balloting for the final All-Star Game roster spots in the National and American leagues, respectively. Turner, the NL leader in both batting..." July 06

  • Royals actually look like buyers

    Fanrag Sports "The Royals have been suspected to be a likely seller all along, but word is, they are actually preparing to do the opposite and become a buyer. Sources suggest they have scouts out and are looking to buy. “We’re evaluating the landscape, and paying close attention to what may be available in..." July 06

  • Five MLB teams that should sell at the trade deadline

    Larry Brown Sports "The second wild card in Major League Baseball has made the trade deadline even more interesting and complex. There are typically more buyers and fewer sellers by virtue of more teams being in contention for the extra playoff spots. There are, however, a handful of teams that are either on the..." July 05

  • Charlie Blackmon, Mike Moustakas, Cody Bellinger added to Home Run Derby

    Hardball Talk "The Home Run Derby pool of contestants is now complete. ESPN’s Buster Olney reports that the other three players confirmed for participation are Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon, Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas, and Dodgers outfielder Cody Bellinger. Earlier, we learned that Aaron Judge..." July 05

  • Dan Shulman leaving ESPN 'Sunday Night Baseball' broadcast, staying at network

    USA Today "Dan Shulman will step away as voice of ESPN’s "Sunday Night Baseball" at season’s end, the network confirmed late Monday night. Shulman, who has served as the play-by-play commentator for ESPN’s weekly featured MLB broadcast since 2011, broke news of his departure to Sports Illustrated in an..." July 04

  • Umpire Angel Hernandez sues MLB over discrimination, treatment by Joe Torre

    ESPN "MLB umpire Angel Hernandez is suing the league and the commissioner's office, alleging that a long-simmering personal vendetta between him and Joe Torre, as well as racial discrimination, has hindered his career advancement. In the suit filed Monday in Ohio, Hernandez claims that Torre, MLB's..." July 04

  • John Farrell leaving Red Sox to attend his son's Major League debut

    Boston Herald "Manager John Farrell will not be with the Red Sox on Saturday. He has a different Major League game to attend. Farrell is flying to Kansas City to see his son Luke make his Major League debut with the Royals. Bench coach Gary Disarcina will manage the Red Sox for the day. “You know, I don’t..." July 01

  • Royals put Cuthbert on DL, recall Soler from Omaha

    Fox Sports "A wrist injury to infielder Cheslor Cuthbert has opened the door for outfielder Jorge Soler’s return to Kansas City from Triple-A Omaha. The Royals placed Cuthbert on the 10-day disabled list with a left wrist sprain Wednesday. His roster spot will be filled by Soler, who has been tearing up..." June 28

  • Duffy makes first Triple-A rehab start "Royals left-hander Danny Duffy pitched 2 2/3 innings in his first rehab start for Triple-A Omaha on Saturday as he works to return from a right oblique strain. Duffy, who hadn't pitched in a game since sustaining the injury on May 28 in Cleveland, struck out three batters and gave up two hits...." June 25

  • Mike Moustakas has a chance to blow Royals' home run record out of the water

    CBS Sports "Remember Steve Balboni? Many will. Many won't. The stocky first baseman/designated hitter had a quick run as the Royals' primary power hitter in the mid- to late-'80s, averaging 29 home runs per season from 1984-87 in K.C. He won a ring as part of that 1985 Royals team, hitting .320 in the World..." June 25

  • Royals won't be sellers unless they 'completely collapse'

    ESPN "Eric Hosmer was in high school in 2008 when Dayton Moore saw him for the first time. "I remember the presence and the athleticism," the Royals general manager recalled earlier this week. "The easiness around the bag. A plus-plus arm. Hard contact to the middle of the field." He paused and said..." June 23

  • Royals agree to deal with Feliz

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Royals have reached an agreement with free-agent right-hander Neftali Feliz, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (via Twitter). Feliz was designated for assignment and released by the Brewers over the past week. The 29-year-old Feliz inked a one-year, $5.35MM deal with the Brewers this..." June 23

  • Royals credit Moylan’s espresso machine for helping with turnaround

    Yardbarker "After they were essentially left for dead early on in the season, the Kansas City Royals have showed plenty of life as of late. The team has won seven of its last eight games and is now 11-5 in the month of June, and caffeine has played a big role in the newfound success. Relief pitcher Peter..." June 19

  • Baseball is experiencing a home run spike because the balls are juiced

    Hardball Talk "The home run rate in Major League Baseball spiked dramatically in the second half of the 2015 season and has remained on an upward trajectory every since. As a result, we are on pace to shatter the all-time single season home run record in 2017 by over 300 homers. Many people have asked why the..." June 14

  • Red Sox among contenders scouting Royals' Minor

    CSN New England "The Red Sox are one of several teams reportedly scouting Royals relief pitcher Mike Minor, according to USA TODAY's Bob Nightengale. Minor returned this year after missing the last two seasons with shoulder issues. The 29-year-old left-hander was in the Braves' starting rotation from 2010-14,..." June 11

  • Ranking MLB managers on the hot seat after Cardinals' Matheny dodges bullet

    CBS Sports "On Friday, the St. Louis Cardinals announced some personnel changes designed to right their course following a winless road trip. Manager Mike Matheny was not among those impacted, though many wondered if he was about to be fired leading into the Cardinals' press conference. Matheny has become..." June 11

  • Joe Maddon’s shifts are causing fantasy baseball controversy

    New York Post "Winning a fantasy baseball championship requires a tremendous amount of work. In addition to the countless hours you spend scouting players and doing research for your draft, the in-season management it takes to keep your roster competitive requires your constant attention. You are required to..." June 07

  • Report: Nationals keeping close eye on Kelvin Herrera

    Larry Brown Sports "After Jonathan Papelbon in 2015 and Mark Melancon in 2016, the Nationals may be continuing their streak of trading for a closer midseason. Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reports on Tuesday that the Nationals are “keeping a close eye” on Kansas City Royals reliever Kelvin..." June 06

  • Hosmer: Volquez pitching no-no on Ventura's birthday wasn't a coincidence

    The Topeka Capital-Journal "Caught up in all the hoopla with Saturday being what would have been Yordano Ventura’s 26th birthday, Kansas City first baseman Eric Hosmer didn’t know former teammate Edinson Volquez was starting Saturday for the Marlins. But as the afternoon and evening progressed, Hosmer and the rest of..." June 05

  • Royals option OF Jorge Soler to minors

    ESPN "The Kansas City Royals have optioned slumping outfielder Jorge Soler to Triple-A Omaha on Saturday, recalling Billy Burns to take his place on the roster. Soler was the Royals' prize acquisition when they got him in a trade that sent reliever Wade Davis to the Chicago Cubs." June 03

  • The Royals have released Bobby Parnell

    Hardball Talk "The Kansas City Royals have released righty reliever Bobby Parnell. Parnell actually opted out of his minor league deal and asked for his release when it became clear that he had no spot in the big league bullpen for the Royals. This after he posted a 4.71 ERA and a 17/13 K/BB ratio over 21..." June 02

  • Royals manager Ned Yost struggling to find playing time for Jorge Soler

    Kansas City Star "Outfielder Jorge Soler was out of the starting lineup again Wednesday as the Royals concluded a three-game series against the Detroit Tigers. It was his second consecutive day off and his fifth in the last seven games. In his team’s last 11 contests, he has started just four times. Soler, 25,..." June 01

  • Close races abound in AL All-Star voting "The All-Stars are beginning to be aligned. On Tuesday, fans were treated to the first Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot updates for the National League for the 88th All-Star Game presented by MasterCard, set for Marlins Park in Miami on July 11. And on Wednesday, the opening American League..." May 31

  • Royals Place Danny Duffy On DL, Select Contract Of Eric Skoglund

    MLB Trade Rumors "May 30: The Royals have formally announced that Duffy has been placed on the 10-day DL, and Skoglund’s contract has indeed been selected from Omaha in a corresponding move. The 24-year-old Skoglung was Kansas City’s third-round pick back in 2014 and entered the year ranked third and fourth,..." May 30

  • Royals starter Danny Duffy expected to miss 6-8 weeks with oblique injury

    Sporting News "The Royals' rough start to the season hit another bump Monday as Danny Duffy, the club's $65 million arm, hit the disabled list with a Grade 1-plus strain of his oblique. The southpaw was lit up by the Indians on Sunday, giving up six runs over just four innings. But the injury is expected to..." May 29

  • Royals should sell, but will they find acceptable offers?

    Sporting News "The Royals have decisions to make. This isn’t a surprise, of course. They’ve long known about these looming decisions concerning a crop of talented players they’ll try to extend, let walk as free agents or trade away to restock a farm system that ranks in the bottom third in baseball, in terms..." May 25

  • The 15 best MLB players who could be traded this summer

    Fox Sports "The MLB trade deadline is a ways away — it's not until July 31. But a quarter of the way through the MLB season, it's clear that some teams are evaluating their options to buy or sell this summer. Selling is not a decision that comes easy and no team already finds itself in a position to..." May 20

  • 2017-18 MLB Free Agent Power Rankings

    MLB Trade Rumors "About 24% of the MLB regular season is in the books. The Astros, Yankees, and Nationals currently reign supreme. Familiar names Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, and Chris Sale top the WAR leaderboards. Though we’re only in mid-May, there’s a subset of players who can’t help but look ahead: those..." May 18

  • Sabathia pitches Yankees to victory over Royals

    The Sports Xchange "KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- CC Sabathia had been struggling in his previous four starts by pitching to a 9.58 ERA. It was the Kansas City Royals, however, who were struggling to hit Sabathia on Tuesday night. Sabathia pitched 6 2/3 scoreless innings and Gary Sanchez and Chris Carter homered as..." May 17

  • Hosmer lifts Royals past Orioles

    The Sports Xchange "KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- On the periphery, Alcides Escobar had little to do with the Kansas City Royals' victory Friday night. Lorenzo Cain scored on Eric Hosmer's eighth-inning double and the Kansas City Royals topped the Baltimore Orioles 3-2 on Friday. Escobar went 0-for-4, dropping his..." May 13

  • Moss HR helps Royals edge Orioles 4-3

    The Sports Xchange "KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Brandon Moss has homered in back-to-back games, which is what the Kansas City Royals have been hoping to see from their designated hitter. Moss hit the go-ahead home run in the sixth inning and Nathan Karns struck out a career-high 12 in a no-decision as the Royals held..." May 13

  • Top 10 MLB trade deadline candidates

    Yardbarker "The MLB trade deadline is nearly two and a half months away, but it isn’t too early to start assessing the market. Teams are off to good and bad starts, and those struggling may soon have to confront the reality that they’re just not going to contend this season. Those that aren’t going to..." May 12

  • Vargas remains hot, pitches Royals past Rays

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Jason Vargas kept Tampa Bay hitters off-balance and Alex Gordon enjoyed the view from his new spot in center field. Vargas pitched seven innings and allowed three hits to help lead the Kansas City Royals to a 6-0 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday afternoon...." May 11

  • Juice the ball. Or don't juice it. Just tell us!

    ESPN "I was at a sabermetric conference in Cambridge last August watching a physics professor, Alan Nathan, give a presentation on the possibility of a juiced ball in major league baseball, when around Slide 16, I found myself in a near-frenzy of intrigue and excitement. Nathan, perhaps the world's..." May 11

  • Moustakas completes Royals' comeback vs. Rays

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- After more than four hours and a combined 15 pitchers, Mike Moustakas homered with one out in the top of the 12th inning as the Kansas City Royals rallied from a four-run deficit and recorded a 7-6 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays Tuesday night. Moustakas gave the..." May 10

  • Seth Maness is back in the majors less than nine months after elbow surgery

    Hardball Talk "The Royals announced a flurry of roster moves on Wednesday. The club selected the contracts of relievers Al Albuquerque and Seth Maness from Triple-A Omaha. To create roster space, the Royals designated infielder Christian Colon and 1B/OF Peter O’Brien for assignment and optioned pitcher Jake..." May 10

  • Rays, Archer cruise to 12-1 victory over Royals

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- After two of their most frustrating losses of the season, the Tampa Bay Rays bounced back with one of their best wins. Chris Archer threw eight shutout innings, and the Rays cruised to a 12-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night at Tropicana..." May 10

  • Royals get rare road win, defeat mistake-prone Rays

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PETERSBURG, Fla, -- The Kansas City Royals have the worst road record in baseball, but the Tampa Bay Rays were much worse Monday night, committing a season-high four errors as Kansas City cruised to a 7-3 win at Tropicana Field. The Royals (11-20) got just their third road win of 2017 --..." May 08

  • Five Indians pitchers put together 1-hit shutout

    The Sports Xchange "KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Corey Kluber is missed, of course, by the Cleveland Indians, but it is certainly a nice luxury to have a fill-in like Mike Clevinger. Clevinger allowed one hit over 5 2/3 innings as the Indians blanked the Kansas City Royals 1-0 on Sunday. That was the only hit the..." May 07

  • Hosmer's two-run homer helps Royals beat Indians

    The Sports Xchange "KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Cleveland pitching coach Mickey Callaway went to the mound to strategize on how to pitch to Eric Hosmer in the fifth inning. The strategy backfired miserably. Hosmer hit a two-out, two-run homer to give Kansas City the lead in a 3-1 victory over the Indians on..." May 06