Royals Rumors & News

  • Royals’ Lorenzo Cain says wrist injury won’t affect offseason regimen

    Kansas City Star "An excavation of the Royals’ 2016 season begins with body parts, a list of scars and strains that defined a season. Start with Mike Moustakas’ right knee, which gave out on a May afternoon in Chicago. And then move to Wade Davis’ right forearm, which sidelined the All-Star closer for more than..." October 21

  • Teams calling Royals on Wade Davis

    Today's Knuckleball "The Kansas City Royals are receiving a lot of trade calls on closer Wade Davis, who appears to be available at the right price. Kansas City still has to pick up his $10-million 2017 option, but that is a formality. The Royals have built their championship teams around strong defense and a..." October 14

  • 2017 free agency qualifying offer to be worth $17.2 million

    Today's Knuckleball "Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball and FanRag Sports has reported that the qualifying offer for free agents this upcoming offseason will be $17.2 million. Teams with impending free agents must make a qualifying offer to those players in order to get draft pick compensation should they sign with..." October 13

  • No firm answer for rise in home runs

    Today's Knuckleball "One of the biggest surprises of this season has been the return of the home run. Testing for performance-enhancing drugs, a more consistent calling of the strike zone and better pitching — particularly the preponderance of hard-throwing relievers — were supposed to mean the end of the..." October 13

  • TBS to add pitch count to broadcast graphic for rest of postseason

    Today's Knuckleball "TBS broadcasts have frustrated viewers thus far into the 2016 postseason with a score graphic that does not show the number of pitches thrown by a pitcher. The simplified graphic is stripped of extra information beyond score, inning, base-out state and count. According to Richard Deitsch of..." October 09

  • Rays’ Chaim Bloom, Royals’ J.J. Picollo Believed To Be Candidates For D’Backs GM Job

    MLB Trade Rumors "Rays VP of baseball operations Chaim Bloom and Royals’ assistant GM J.J. Picollo are believed to be candidates for the Diamondbacks’ general manager position, league sources tell Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic. The two executives join a lengthy list of names previously linked to the D’Backs..." October 09

  • Royals Reportedly Plan To Decline Edinson Volquez’s Option

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Royals are planning to decline their $10MM mutual option on right-hander Edinson Volquez in favor of a $3MM buyout, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. The decision on Volquez is at least partially driven by a desire to decrease payroll from the 2016 season’s franchise-record mark of $144MM,..." October 07

  • Joe Buck reveals that hair plug addiction nearly cost him his career

    SI "Fox Sports announcer Joe Buck feared for his broadcasting career five years ago when he suffered a paralyzed left vocal chord. The ailment struck him a few weeks before the start of the 2011 baseball season, and it wasn’t until October of that year that he truly felt his voice was back. At the..." October 06

  • Baseball players are getting fat like us

    USA Today "Americans tuning in to the baseball playoffs might notice an unfortunate trend: Like much of the country, baseball players are increasingly overweight or even obese. Being classified as normal weight is now the exception rather than the rule in the U.S. The collective expansion of our..." October 06

  • Rob Manfred again deflects questions pertaining to paying minor leaguers a livable wage

    Hardball Talk "Though it’s an issue that has been on the back burner for a few months, earlier this year, the topic of minor league salaries was a huge issue. Near the end of June, Congressman Brett Guthrie (R-KY) and Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D-IL) proposed H.R. 5580, or the “Save America’s Pastime Act,” in..." October 05

  • Royals GM: Payroll to 'regress a little bit' in 2017

    Kansas City Star "For Royals general manager Dayton Moore, the architect of a World Series championship and two straight American League pennants, the 2016 season offered a reality check. Not all baseball seasons end with bubbling champagne. Not all free agent signings hit. Not all years enjoy the luxury of good..." October 04

  • Final 2017 MLB Draft order set: The Twins are on the clock and here's what to know

    CBS Sports "At 59-103, the Minnesota Twins not only had the worst record in baseball in 2016, they also had the worst record since the Washington Senators franchise relocated to Minnesota and became the Twins in 1961. The 1982 team, which went 60-102, previously had the worst record in team history. If..." October 03

  • Royals’ Dillon Gee has one blood clot removed

    Today's Knuckleball "The Royals ended Dillon Gee’s season prematurely earlier this week because the pitcher was dealing with multiple blood clots. On Friday, Gee posted on his Instagram account one of the blood clots — the one that resided in his shoulder — has been successfully removed. Gee, though, noted another..." October 02

  • Indians edge Royals, start ALDS at home

    The Sports Xchange "KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Cleveland Indians real celebration erupted about a half hour after they shook hands on the field after beating the Kansas City Royals. Yan Gomes homered in his first at-bat since coming off the disabled list and Josh Tomlin pitched effectively into the eighth inning..." October 02

  • Lindor's 3 RBIs help Merritt win first start for Indians

    The Sports Xchange "KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- When Francisco Lindor doubled in the third inning, he celebrated when he reached second base. It was time to smile as it ended an 0-for-29 skid. Lindor homered, doubled and drove in three runs and Carlos Santana had three hits and two RBIs as the Cleveland Indians..." October 01

  • Bauer gets nod for playoff opener after Indians down Royals

    The Sports Xchange "KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Trevor Bauer began the season in the Cleveland bullpen, but he will enter the postseason as the Indians' starter for the first American League Division Series game on Thursday. Manager Terry Francona named Bauer his pitcher for the postseason opener after the Indians beat..." October 01

  • Vargas, Buxton power Twins past Royals

    The Sports Xchange "KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kennys Vargas and Byron Buxton shouldered the offense for the Minnesota Twins to win for only the third in their past 20 games on the road. Vargas homered for the second straight game and doubled, while Buxton tripled and doubled as the Twins held off the Kansas City..." September 30

  • The Royals continue a disturbing trend for defending World Series champions

    Fox Sports "For the 16th consecutive year, Major League Baseball won't have a repeat World Series winner. But a surprising new trend further demonstrates just how tough it is to go back to back. The defending champion Royals were officially eliminated from playoff contention on Wednesday night, but they..." September 29

  • Royals outlast Twins in 11 innings

    The Sports Xchange "KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- While Raul Mondesi scored the winning run, it was the Kansas City Royals' bullpen that made the victory possible. Mondesi scored on Billy Burns' sacrifice fly in the 11th inning as the Kansas City Royals beat the Minnesota Twins 4-3 on Tuesday night. Seven Royals..." September 28

  • Royals eliminated from race despite win over Twins

    The Sports Xchange "KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- There will be no World Series parade this year through the Kansas City downtown streets. The title defense ended for the Royals despite scoring three runs with two outs in the eighth to beat the Minnesota Twins 5-2 Wednesday night. Kendrys Morales drove in the..." September 28

  • Royals shut down Dillon Gee due to blood clots in shoulder, lungs

    Today's Knuckleball "Experiencing symptoms that revealed a potentially scary situation, Dillon Gee won’t pitch again for the Royals this season and has been hospitalized. The Kansas City starter trekked to a Detroit hospital because of blood clots in his shoulder and lungs, according to Rustin Dodd of the Kansas..." September 27

  • Why some agents have serious concerns about MLB's next CBA

    Fox Sports "Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said last week that he was optimistic a new collective-bargaining agreement could be reached in "relatively short order." While most in the sport would celebrate a resolution prior to the current CBA's Dec. 1 expiration, some player agents fear that the new..." September 27

  • Royals belt four homers, win slugfest vs. Tigers

    The Sports Xchange "DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers aren't running out of hits, but they may be running out of time. The Kansas City Royals slugged four home runs, four doubles and a triple Sunday to highlight a 19-hit attack in a 12-9 win over the Tigers, who fell 1 1/2 games behind Baltimore in the battle for..." September 25

  • Royals' Yordano Ventura: Leaves game with apparent injury

    CBS Sports "Ventura left Saturday's game with an apparent injury, Jeffrey Flanagan of reports." September 24

  • Hosmer caps Royals' ninth-inning uprising, jolts Tigers

    The Sports Xchange "DETROIT -- Just because the Kansas City Royals are not likely to make the playoffs this season does not mean they can't send out the occasional reminder they are the defending World Series champions. Paulo Orlando ripped a two-run double with two out in the ninth inning and Eric Hosmer..." September 24

  • Tigers use Fulmer, home runs to defeat Royals

    The Sports Xchange "DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers are on a roll, and, for them, this is the right time to do so. Victor Martinez, Justin Upton and Cameron Maybin blasted home runs to back rookie pitcher Michael Fulmer's seven innings of one-run ball in Detroit's 8-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Friday..." September 23

  • Royals release Chien-Ming Wang

    Today's Knuckleball "’s Jeffrey Flanagan reported Thursday that the Kansas City Royals have released right-handed pitcher Chien-Ming Wang. The team had previously designated Wang for assignment on September 17 to make room for left-hander Jason Vargas. The 36-year-old appeared in 38 games out of the Kansas..." September 22

  • Indians complete sweep of Royals on Santana's blast

    The Sports Xchange "CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Indians Thursday night moved another step closer to being American League Central Division champions, and it was Carlos Santana and the bullpen leading the way. Santana's three-run home run in the sixth inning broke a tie and lifted the Indians to a 5-2 victory..." September 22

  • Guyer's double in 9th wins it for Indians

    The Sports Xchange "CLEVELAND -- They are becoming the walk-off wizards, and it's liable to come from anywhere in the lineup. "With a good team, that's how it works," said Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona. "One through nine, one through twelve, one through 14, whatever it takes." Brandon Guyer's..." September 20

  • Power surge lifts Royals over White Sox

    The Sports Xchange "KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Kansas City Royals are not known for their power, ranking last in the American League with 137 home runs. But the Royals flexed their muscles Monday. Kendrys Morales, Paulo Orlando and Alcides Escobar homered as the Royals topped the Chicago White Sox 8-3...." September 19

  • Morales has huge day to lead Royals over White Sox

    The Sports Xchange "KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Danny Duffy pitched well enough Sunday to break back into the win column, but he preferred to talk about his offense. Kendrys Morales and Alex Gordon homered as the Kansas City Royals cruised to a 10-3 win over the Chicago White Sox. Morales drove in four runs with..." September 18

  • Seven MLB managers who could be fired after the season

    Sporting News "The regular season is winding down, and you know at least a couple of MLB managers are wondering whether they’re wearing their current uniform for the final few times down the stretch. At one point this season, Yankees manager Joe Girardi might have wondered about his job security. But after..." September 18

  • Sale wins 16th as White Sox drop Royals

    The Sports Xchange "KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Carlos Sanchez had a walk-off single Thursday to beat the Cleveland Indians, but it was his power shot Friday night that doomed the Kansas City Royals. Chris Sale picked up his 16th victory with a complete game and Sanchez homered for the first time in nearly a year as..." September 17

  • Royals Outright Nick Tepesch, Release Reymond Fuentes

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Royals have outrighted right-hander Nick Tepesch and released outfielder Reymond Fuentes, Jeffrey Flanagan of was among those to tweet. Both players were recently trimmed from the 40-man roster and had been in DFA limbo. Tepesch will remain under team control, assuming he clears..." September 17

  • Royals' Yost wins 1,000th game

    The Sports Xchange "KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Ned Yost has accomplished his two managerial goals. Yost posted his 1,000th career victory as manager as the Kansas City Royals topped the Chicago White Sox 3-2 on Saturday night. Yost picked up the win in his sixth attempt as the Royals ended a five-game losing..." September 17

  • Vargas takes MLB mound for first time in nearly 14 months on Saturday

    Fox Sports Kansas City "Jason Vargas makes his first start with the Royals since July 21, 2015 when Kansas City hosts the Chicago White Sox on Saturday. Vargas, who had Tommy John surgery after that outing, will be limited to 45 pitches and three innings against the Chicago White Sox, who rallied to win the first..." September 17

  • Athletics crush Royals 14-5

    The Sports Xchange "KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Daniel Mengden's closest friends provided him with a nice cushion to break back into the win column. Joey Wendle had a career-best four-hit game and scored three runs, while Mengden pitched seven scoreless innings as the Oakland Athletics crushed the Kansas City Royals..." September 16

  • Heyman: Top 30 free agents and early contract guesses

    Today's Knuckleball "Edwin Encarnacion rolled the dice, declining to counter the Toronto Blue Jays’ mild overtures in spring, and he’s hit a grand slam. Encarnacion moves way up the free-agent list (he’s No. 2 on our list, and actually No. 1 among players who are unfettered free agents: technically, Yoenis Cespedes..." September 15

  • Manaea, A's down Royals

    The Sports Xchange "KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Sean Manaea has been anything but a road warrior. Manaea collected his first career road victory as the Oakland Athletics downed the Kansas City Royals 8-0 Wednesday night. Manaea, who was 0-6 with a 6.44 ERA in his first eight road starts, handcuffed the Royals on..." September 14

  • MLB releases 2017 schedule "After a fourth installment of the World Baseball Classic in March, the 2017 Major League Baseball regular season will arrive with three games on the first Sunday (April 2), 13 more Opening Day games on that Monday, and a calendar that includes the debut of a brand-new ballpark in Atlanta and the..." September 14

  • Davis, Semien help A's power past Royals

    The Sports Xchange "KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Royals needed a good to great eight-game homestand to keep their postseason hopes doable. This was, however, not the way to start it against the American League West bottom-feeders. Khris Davis and Marcus Semien belted three-run homers as the Oakland..." September 13

  • MLB's most disappointing players of 2016

    Fox Sports "Between hefty free-agent contracts and big trades made this past offseason, a number of players went into the 2016 season with huge expectations. And of course, not everyone lived up to those expecations. In fact, some players fell flat on their faces in the first year with their new teams...." September 13

  • Royals rally to notch critical victory over White Sox

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- Whit Merrifield delivered in the ideal scenario for the Kansas City Royals on Saturday night. With pinch runner Terrance Gore at second and Jarrod Dyson on first after a walk in the seventh inning, the Royals' second baseman lined a double to center field off reliever Chris Beck..." September 11

  • Royals are hoping Lorenzo Cain can return, but he’s considering shutting down for season after wrist injury

    Kansas City Star "With the sharp pain in his left wrist lingering and his ability to swing a baseball bat compromised, Royals outfielder Lorenzo Cain said Saturday that he was considering shutting down for the season, according to an interview with Fox Sports Kansas City. In a postgame interview, Royals manager..." September 11

  • Kennedy propels Royals past White Sox

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- The last thing Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer wanted was to fall behind in the count against one of the best pitchers in baseball. So on the first pitch of the sixth inning, Hosmer did not hesitate. He tracked a low pitch and swung hard for an opposite-field home run..." September 11

  • Royals, Cain at odds over possible shut down

    ESPN "The Kansas City Royals want to wait a week before deciding whether to shut down Lorenzo Cain. The outfielder may or may not agree. Cain returned Friday from a sprained wrist but was basically swinging one-handed. He was back sidelined Saturday, and while manager Ned Yost said before the game..." September 11

  • Cabrera, Saladino, Rodon lead White Sox over Royals

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- Once Carlos Rodon discovered his slider would be effective for the long run on Friday night, the Chicago White Sox left-hander didn't go away from it. The Kansas City Royals, on the other hand, never figured out a way to do anything with it. Rodon allowed only one earned run..." September 10

  • Dozier guide Twins past Royals

    The Sports Xchange "MINNEAPOLIS -- Brian Dozier is making a habit of hitting home runs in bunches. The Minnesota second baseman didn't homer Wednesday against the Kansas City Royals but he did all the little things as the Twins won 6-5 in the finale of a three-game series at Target Field. Robbie Grossman and..." September 08

  • Royals score seven in ninth to defeat Twins

    The Sports Xchange "MINNEAPOLIS -- It wasn't pretty in the middle innings, but the Kansas City Royals found a way -- once again -- at the end. Kendrys Morales belted two home runs and the Royals scored seven runs in the ninth inning to break a tie game in a 10-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night..." September 07

  • Royals’ Salvador Perez diagnosed with bruised right wrist

    Today's Knuckleball "Kansas City Royals’ catcher Salvador Perez was not seriously hurt after being hit by a pitch on the wrist during Tuesday’s game. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports and Today’s Knuckleball reported Wednesday that the Royals’ backstop sustained only a bone bruise on his right wrist. Perez was forced to..." September 07