Foxsports.com "Royals designated hitter Billy Butler didn't get too frazzled in recent weeks when he heard his name pop up in endless trade rumors. "I've been around long enough now that, you know, every year there's rumors about me (being traded)," Butler said Friday at a media gathering at Kauffman..." December 20
CBSSports.com "In a trade/free-agent market with some very good starting pitchers but only one ace unless you really think Chris Sale, Cliff Lee or Cole Hamels will be traded (I don't) or Japanese superstar Masahiro Tanaka will post (that's apparently pretty iffy, too, at least at the moment), you'd have to..." December 20
Foxsports.com "Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Brandon McCarthy joined "The Buzz" podcast Wednesday and said there's a chance that MLB pitchers could have the option of wearing special protective headgear as early as the 2014 season. He said the headgear would look like a hat but would be able to protect a..." December 19
#Royals are at payroll limit, so chances of bringing back Ervin Santana on 1-year deal are remote even if his price dropped.
Looks like Rakuten is not giving up on Tanaka. Hochi says they are going to offer him an $8m salary. http://t.co/PJRk1Cqa0U
Forbes.com "It was a very good year for Major League Baseball; as in historic. According to a source speaking on condition of anonymity, for 2013 MLB gross revenues will exceed $8 billion for the first time, ever. While exact figures were not revealed, baseball will end 2013 with revenues between $8-$8.5..." December 17
CBSSports.com "With Monday's official announcement that Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball have agreed to a new posting system, the focus now shifts completely to whether or not phenom Masahiro Tanaka will be posted. We know his team, the Rakuten Golden Eagles, want to keep him, though..." December 17
SB Nation "Major League Baseball announced a new system that will change the way Japanese baseball players join the league. The new agreement will bring drastic change to the previous posting system. Before, NPB teams would post players who wanted to make the move to MLB. MLB teams would then place blind..." December 17
Florida Times Union "Former baseball star and Jacksonville native Ryan Freel was suffering from a degenerative brain disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy when he committed suicide last year, his family announced Sunday at a mass remembering the Englewood graduate. The report from the Boston University..." December 16
Infante and the Royals have agreed to terms on that four-year deal mentioned before.
SI.com "The Hot Stove quickly cooled from a scalding first week of December to a lukewarm second week, despite the occurrence of the annual winter meetings. In fact, in the age of modern telecommunication, offseason activity may even slow down with everyone under the same roof. "Everybody just holds their..." December 13
Jays source tells me Royals-Jays have talked re. Billy Butler/prospects. Gibbons/Seitzer connection with KC makes sense.
One #Royals rumor as I leave the winter meetings: Talking to the Dodgers about trading OF Justin Maxwell for INF Dee Gordon.
Kansas City Star "It’s easy to get caught up in the buzz of the holiday shopping season even as the baseball industry begins dispersing today from its annual Winter Meetings. That includes the Royals, even with their limited payroll flexibility. They remained linked to several free agents, including infielder..." December 12
Source says Yankees have no intention of giving Omar Infante 4-year deal. After losing out on Beltran, Royals may be favorites for Infante.
Kansas City Star "The working plan for putting together the Royals’ rotation, two weeks prior to Christmas, is to give a long spring look to Luke Hochevar and Wade Davis for the final two slots. Both pitched effectively last season in the bullpen — Hochevar for the entire year — after struggling as..." December 11
Kansas City Star "The Royals, after already dipping into their bullpen to bolster their lineup, are hesitant, general manager Dayton Moore said, to thin the unit any further. “I think we’re just really focused on keeping as much pitching as we can and staying strong with our pitching and our defense,” Moore..." December 11
Hardball Talk "Joe Torre and Sandy Alderson just announced that the MLB Rules Committee has voted to outlaw collisions at home plate. The decision is now subject to approval by the players. If the players do not approve the rule change it will not go into effect in 2014, but MLB would be able to unilaterally..." December 11
Hardball Talk "At a time when concussions have become the most significant injury on the minds of athletes, coaches, teams and — increasingly — the legal system, baseball will move today to consider abolishing home plate collisions. As Derrick Goold reported this morning, this past weekend, team trainers and..." December 11
Agreement in place between NPB-MLB on new posting system. Last hurdle is MLB exec council must approve, which is expected this week
Ex-#Royals RHP Felipe Paulino says he has signed with the Chicago White Sox.
MLB.com "Former managers Tony La Russa, Joe Torre and Bobby Cox have been elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame by a unanimous vote of the Expansion Era committee. La Russa, Torre and Cox rank third, fourth and fifth in managerial victories in Major League history, each winning more than 2,000..." December 09
#royals will try again to beat yanks on omar infante. should be strong market. also an uphill battle for kc.
Source: Cubs and Royals are among the suitors for Joba Chamberlain. Doesn't sound like anything is imminent with either, however.
Sources: #Royals have not offered Beltran $48 million for three years. To get to that level, ownership likely would need to intervene.
Sportsnet.ca "With utility players Willie Bloomquist, Nick Punto, Kelly Johnson and Skip Schumaker off of the board, MLB teams are expressing interest in free agent infielder Jamey Carroll. At least seven teams have checked in on Carroll, including the Texas Rangers, Cleveland Indians, Tampa Bay Rays, Boston..." December 05
The Rockies aren't done looking for a bullpen arm... Just like last week, the best place could be... http://t.co/gBPiosVe4z
BREAKING: The #Brewers have acquired left-handed pitcher Will Smith from Kansas City in exchange for outfielder Norichika Aoki.
#Rays are an unlikely fit for Ellis, at least at moment. Difficult to see how he could end up in Tampa Bay.
Source: NPB clubs indicating they will accept maximum bid structure for posting system, now negotiating w/ MLB where that point would be.
MLBPlayers.com "The executive board of the Major League Baseball Players Association voted unanimously to appoint Tony Clark as the union's next executive director, pending a vote by the general membership, it was announced today during the MLBPA's annual executive board meeting. The general membership will vote..." December 04
New York Post "Let the Battle for Beltran begin. Free-agent slugger Carlos Beltran is in Kansas City being wooed by the Royals, The Post has learned. The club is hoping for a big-bang reunion with Beltran, who began his career in Kansas City. Getting Beltran in pinstripes may be a little more difficult..." December 03
MLB.com "The free-agent pool got a boost on Monday, with former closers John Axford and Andrew Bailey among the biggest names cut loose ahead of the 11:59 p.m. ET non-tender deadline. Teams had until that time to offer -- or tender -- contracts to arbitration-eligible players. A non-tendered player..." December 03
CBSSports.com "A few weeks ago, talks between Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball about a new posting system hit a snag. MLB reportedly grew impatient and felt NPB's officials were dragging their feet seeking approval and finalizing the agreement. As a result, MLB amended their..." December 02
#Royals non-tender infielder Chris Getz, making him a free agent.
Hardball Talk "In his latest column for the Kansas City Star, Bob Dutton reports that Royals team officials have acknowledged that utilityman Emilio Bonifacio has drawn “steady interest” from other teams as a trade target. The 28-year-old is eligible for arbitration for the third and final time after taking home..." December 01
Kansas City Star "Whenever and wherever the hard bargaining starts for free-agent outfielder Carlos Beltran, the Royals want at a seat at the table. How long they stay there depends on how rich the bidding becomes. “We’d love to have him in,” one Royals official said. “One thing about Carlos Beltran is he’s a..." November 30
The @Royals and GM Dayton Moore agree to 2-year extension through 2016 season.
Deadspin.com "Recently, as you may recall, we announced our plan to subvert the annual elections for baseball's Hall of Fame by buying votes from voters. Our idea was to make a mockery and farce of the increasingly solemn and absurd election process, and to take some power from the duly appointed custodians of..." November 27
Chicago Tribune "The Chicago Cubs acquired backup catcher George Kottaras from the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday for cash and will give him a chance to win a spot in spring training. Kottaras, 30, hit .180 with five home runs in 100 at-bats for the Royals last year, and is a career .214 hitter with the..." November 27
MLB.com "The induction ceremony for the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., next July 28 could have a real Atlanta Braves flavor to it. Former Braves pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, each a 300-game winner, head a ballot stacked with superstar newcomers that will be studied by..." November 26
Denver Post "After striking out on aggressive plays for Jose Abreu, Brian McCann and Carlos Ruiz, the Rockies continue exploring multiple options to land an impact bat and bullpen arms. They have talked with the Angels about slugger Mark Trumbo, who will be hard to pry away, and called the Royals about their..." November 26
#Royals request unconditional release waivers on INF Irving Falu, who was designated for assignment on Nov. 20.
Kansas City Star "It’s a good bet the new contract that right-handed reliever Joe Smith signed with the Angels brought smiles to Royals officials — and not just because it gets him away from division-opponent Cleveland. Smith, 29, reached a three-year deal worth $15.75 million. If that’s the price of..." November 25
SB Nation "The Royals are poised to compete in 2014, so they likely would not be willing to give up a key bat. Despite rumors popping up occasionally that the Kansas City Royals could trade Billy Butler, the team says they have not discussed the designated hitter with other teams this offseason, reports..." November 24
Hardball Talk "After signing left-hander Jason Vargas to a four-year, $32 million contract this afternoon, the Royals have designated catcher George Kottaras for assignment to clear a spot on the 40-man roster. Kottaras was claimed off waivers from the Athletics last winter and played sparingly this past..." November 22