Hardball Talk "The Royals gave Wade Davis a chance to win a rotation spot this spring even after he struggled as a starter last season, but Royals manager Ned Yost told Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star this morning that the 28-year-old right-hander is out of the fifth starter competition and will pitch..." March 08
Told Royals haven't decided on an assignment for John Lamb, but they're hoping he pitches his way into Omaha rotation. #AllLambEverything
Luke Hochevar will have Tommy John surgery, Yost says.
Hardball Talk "Brad Penny‘s comeback attempt didn’t last very long, as the Royals just released the 35-year-old right-hander. Penny didn’t pitch in the majors at all last season and hasn’t been effective since 2010, when he made nine good starts before getting hurt. Since then he has a 5.41 ERA in 210 innings..." March 07
Kansas City Star "The Royals have shut down pitcher Luke Hochevar after an MRI on Tuesday revealed a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. Hochevar will receive two to three weeks to rest and recover, manager Ned Yost said. The organization hopes he can return to big-league action by the end of..." March 05
James Shields told us he has no interest in negotiating with the Royals once the season starts Sirius 209 XM 89
Guillermo Mota has retired. He left camp on Friday. He wanted to be with his family.
CBSSports.com "Top remaining free agent starter Ervin Santana's asking price hasn't dropped with spring training starting; it remains about four years and $50-million, according to executives with interested teams. The market has shown that the going rate for better starting pitchers is $50 million for four..." February 25
USA Today "Major League Baseball implemented an experimental, controversial rule Monday to protect catchers, prohibiting baserunners from initiating deliberate collisions at home plate in hopes of preventing concussions and injuries. Tony Clark, executive director of the Major League Players Association,..." February 25
MLB.com "It was late February 2009, and the phone call flicked across this Spring Training town northwest of Phoenix from Bruce Chen's house to Rene Francisco at the Royals' complex. Chen: "Rene, I'm getting ready for the World Baseball Classic, would you guys let me throw at your..." February 20
The Royals have maintained contact with Ervin Santana "periodically," Dayton Moore says. But their stance is the same. "I don't see a fit."
MLB.com "It was a rather quiet morning in the Royals' clubhouse on Friday. Not much going on -- until James Shields burst through the door. Wearing a black cap touting his home state of California, a black T-shirt, gray shorts and sandals, Shields was carrying a bright blue Royals equipment bag...." February 14
Kansas City Star "The best team in 20 years of mostly sorry Royals baseball is playing in the Arizona sunshine now, all hopes and dreams and James Shields and Sal Perez. Mike Moustakas has cut some fat. Eric Hosmer swears by a new confidence, and Billy Butler swears by an old belief. Danny Duffy is healthy and..." February 14
MLB.com "Jim Fregosi, a former All-Star shortstop who spent 53 years in professional baseball as a player, manager and scout, passed away early Friday morning, six days after suffering multiple strokes during an MLB alumni cruise. "He passed away at 2:36 a.m. [ET]," according to Jim Fregosi Jr., the..." February 14
ESPN New York "Major League Baseball owners, despite earning more than $8 billion in revenue in 2013, voted in January to allow individual teams to slash or eliminate pension-plan offerings to their non-uniformed personnel. The vote, tabled a year earlier when the intention became public, quietly took place..." February 14
Source: Emilio Bonifacio cleared release waivers, and is now a free agent.
Kansas City Star "The door closed on a reunion between the Royals and right-hander Ervin Santana about two weeks ago. Shortly before the organization reached a one-year agreement with left-hander Bruce Chen, general manager Dayton Moore reached out to the representatives for Santana, who flourished for the team in..." February 12
Hardball Talk "The New York Daily News reports that, now that A-Rod has dropped his appeal and is accepting his suspension, Major League Baseball is going to drop the lawsuit it filed last March against Biogenesis, Anthony Bosch, Juan Carlos Nunez and multiple other defendants. Which, of course, just..." February 12
Fox Sports "You may have noticed that spring training is about to begin, yet baseball still has not banned home-plate collisions. Both the players and owners want to enact such a rule to protect catchers, but the issue -- somewhat like expanded replay -- is more complicated than it appears. As Hall of..." February 12
Kansas City Star "The Royals have avoided arbitration with closer Greg Holland, who agreed to a one-year, $4.675 million contract for 2014. The deal includes a $50,000 bonus if he reaches the All-Star Game. Holland saved 47 games last season, posted a 1.27 ERA and struck out 103 batters in 67 innings. He..." February 12
Fox Sports "Pete Rose, who remains banned from Major League Baseball for betting on games during his years as a player and as a manager, said Monday that his transgression isn’t quite as bad as using performance-enhancing drugs. “They’re both bad. I think in my case, I know I didn’t do anything to alter..." February 11
#Royals have placed Emilio Bonifacio on unconditional release waivers. He will have 48 hours to be claimed.
Hardball Talk "Orioles pitchers and catchers report on Thursday; Blue Jays pitchers and catchers report on Sunday. No one knows if free agent starter Ervin Santana will have a new home by then, but Jon Morosi of FOX Sports is reporting that the O’s and Jays have had discussions with Santana’s representatives at..." February 10
Fansided "The Kansas City Royals announced that the club has named former first baseman Mike Sweeney as its Special Assistant to Baseball Operations. “We’re thrilled as an organization that Mike will be joining our baseball operations department,” Royals Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations/GM..." February 08
Kansas City Star "JJ Picollo glanced at a copy of Sports Illustrated from last May, a glossy reminder of the attrition a major-league season exacts on a pitching staff. The five members of the St. Louis Cardinals starting rotation smiled back at him. The magazine extolled the quintet as the team’s backbone...." February 08
SI.com "Former NBA All-Star Tracy McGrady confirmed his intentions to play baseball, saying to Yahoo! Sports’ Tim Brown that the attempt is “not a gimmick.” McGrady retired from the NBA in August and it has been reported that he can throw a 90 MPH fastball. The Sugar Land Skeeters of the Atlantic..." February 05
Fort Worth Star-Telegram "The dirt road that Texas Rangers scouts and officials navigated to reach the home of coveted prospect Jairo Beras has been altered by progress the past few years. An overpass, part of the major road improvements designed to make a tourist’s two-hour commute from Las Americas International..." February 05
The asking price for pitcher Ervin Santana is said to have dropped significantly, perhaps to a three-year deal. Was over $100m in November.
Fansided "In a move to make room for signing Bruce Chen, the Kansas City Royals designated utilityman Emilio Bonifacio for assignment. He was a part of the mega deal last off-season between the Marlins and Blue Jays and was acquired for nothing back in August by KC who needed help at the second base..." February 03
MLB.com "Yes, James Shields is headed for free agency after next season. And, yes, he'd be willing to discuss extending his Kansas City stay. But, no, Shields is not really heading for the open market looking for a Zack Greinke-type contract -- six years at $147 million -- as one columnist speculated...." February 03
Kansas City Star "Mike Moustakas’ off-season makeover included shedding about 10 pounds, a new coiffure — short on the sides — and a wedding, to Stephanie. The reshaping extended to the ball field, specifically the batter’s box. Moustakas, the Royals’ third baseman, spent nearly a month in Venezuela, trading..." February 02
Hardball Talk "The Royals officially re-signed veteran left-hander Bruce Chen today and they designated infielder Emilio Bonifacio for assignment in order to make room for him on the 40-man roster. The move is somewhat curious, as the Royals and Bonifacio avoided arbitration two weeks ago by agreeing to a..." February 01
Source: #Royals re-sign Bruce Chen.
Kansas City Star "Baseball starts for some fans on Opening Day, for others when pitchers and catchers report for spring training. For the Konrade family of Emporia, baseball arrived Wednesday when a bus pulled up in front of Bruff’s Steak House just off Interstate 35 and out came members of the Royals, including..." January 30
Fansided "The Seattle Mariners have traded third baseman Carlos Peguero to the Kansas City Royals, for a player to named later or cash considerations, according to the Associated Press. The 26-year-old Peguero has spent parts of the last three seasons with Seattle. He is a career .195 hitter with..." January 29
MLB Daily Dish "Free agent right-hander Ervin Santana is drawing interest from eight teams including the Rockies, Orioles, Mariners, Yankees and Dodgers, according to a source with direct knowledge of the situation. The Marlins and Cubs also recently inquired about him, but their interest does not appear to be..." January 28
Royals Review "e Royals have reportedly signed 35 year old right-handed reliever Jon Rauch to a minor league contract. The 6'11' Rauch towers over hitters on the mound, but struggled last year with a 7.56 ERA in 16 2/3 innings last year for Miami, although he had terrific peripherals with 15 strikeouts and just..." January 24
Fansided "The Kansas City Royals announced today that the club has agreed to terms on a one-year contract with outfielder Justin Maxwell for the 2014 season, avoiding arbitration. Terms of the contracts were not disclosed. Maxwell, 30, came to the Royals on July 31 last season in a non-waiver deadline..." January 21
CBSSports.com "By 2015, all 30 MLB ballparks must have either handheld or walk-through metal detectors in place, the league has informed teams. "This procedure, which results from MLB's continuing work with the Department of Homeland Security to standardize security practices across the game, will be in..." January 21
#Royals, Hochevar avoid arb. He gets $5.21M. $400G available in bonuses for GS or GF.
#Royals avoid arbitration with Eric Hosmer. He gets $3.6M
Royals Review "Longtime baseball writer and our tenth President, Peter Gammons, had a brief snippet about upcoming free agent pitchers in the wake of the Clayton Kershaw extension. Among those free agents is our own ace in the hole, James Shields. About Big Game James, Gammons writes: James Shields has made..." January 16
#Royals avoid arbitration with Tim Collins, sign him for $1,362,500
ESPN.com "A few months ago, even a few weeks ago, it looked as if the final details of baseball's bold new replay world were going to be dropped into place at the January owners meetings. Uh, not so fast. One slight problem: MLB still hasn't cut a deal with either the players' or umpires' unions. Not..." January 15
MLB Trade Rumors "The Royals have reached agreement with pitcher Brad Penny on a minor league deal that includes a Spring Training invite, reports Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com (Twitter links). He will go to camp as a starter, according to Cotillo. Penny, 35, is represented by the Legacy Agency. After..." January 15
CBSSports.com "In each of the last two seasons, we've watched an all-time great walk away from baseball. In 2012 it was Chipper Jones, and last year it was Mariano Rivera. Both players were honored in each road ballpark in their final seasons and received gifts from the other clubs. Commissioner Bud Selig,..." January 14
SB Nation "The New York Yankees, Baltimore Orioles and Minnesota Twins have all requested medical records for free agent starting pitcher Ervin Santana, reports Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. Santana, 31, was arguably the top pitcher available at the outset of free agency this offseason, but has not seen..." January 14
MLB.com "In a move to free up some payroll space for 2014, the Royals restructured right-hander Jeremy Guthrie's contract. While news of the deal was first revealed on Monday by Joel Sherman of the New York Post, Royals general manager Dayton Moore told MLB.com that it was actually completed back in..." January 13