MLB Daily Dish "Arizona was linked to the 33-year old free agent who could sign soon with Max Scherzer off the board. With Max Scherzer off the market, teams seeking starting pitching depth could begin to pursue James Shields. Arizona was thought to be one of the teams most notably interested, but according to..." January 26
From the due diligence department: Dayton Moore says KC is still monitoring James Shields’ free agency, but “I’m not sure there’s a fit.”
New York Daily News "In case you held out hope that the Yankees would turn to James Shields now that Max Scherzer is officially off the market, well, the club is apparently sticking to its pledge this winter to stay away from big free agent contracts for starting pitchers, GM Brian Cashman reiterated on..." January 22
Source: #Padres on periphery of Shields sweepstakes, unlikely to land him. Teams with heaviest interest still unclear.
SB Nation "Wednesday morning's baseball looks at the James Shields market, Yoan Moncada, and MLB bullying the Orioles once again. Listen, we know it's tough to catch up on everything happening in the baseball world each morning. There are all kinds of stories, rumors, game coverage and Vines of dudes..." January 21
Fox Sports Kansas City "Royals fans have heard about the big-name prospects such as Hunter Dozier, Bubba Starling and Kyle Zimmer. But if you really want to impress your friends, drop the names Dziedzic and Escalera-Maldonado on them. As we near the start of the 2015 season, several under-the-radar prospects merit..." January 20
McCovey Chronicles "At least, that's what they're telling us. I still believe! The Giants introduced Nori Aoki at a press conference on Tuesday, and it was a pretty standard affair. Aoki would prefer to hit at the top of the order, but he says that's for the manager to decide. The manager, by phone, said that..." January 20
CBSSports.com "After a day of haggling and medical reviews, the Brewers and Rangers have finalized a trade sending right-hander Yovani Gallardo to Texas. In return, Milwaukee is receiving three good but not great prospects. Believe it or not, the 28-year-old Gallardo is the Brewers' all-time leader in..." January 19
Royals Review "With seven remaining Royals unsigned and eligible for arbitration, the front office has some work to do if they want to keep their streak of zero arbitration cases under the Dayton Moore era alive. Arbitration cases can be unpleasant things, where the team has to argue the player is a worthless..." January 19
Fernando Abad/OAK/1.225M/850K Jerry Blevins/WSH/2.4M/2.2M Brandon Crawford/SF/3.95M/2.4M Danny Duffy/KC/3.0M/1.75M
Continued: Hosmer $6.7M/$4.6M Moustakas $3.1M/$1.85M
MLB.com "The Giants filled their vacant left-field position Friday, agreeing with outfielder Nori Aoki on a one-year contract with an option, according to multiple reports. The deal is worth $4.7 million plus incentives with a $4 million guaranteed salary for 2015 and a $5.5 million option for 2016 or a..." January 16
Sporting News "Four-time Gold Glove Award recipient Alex Gordon may be not fully recovered from offseason wrist surgery when the Royals begin spring training. According to the Kansas City Star , general manager Dayton Moore said he is unsure if Gordon will be 100 percent when the Royals begin spring workouts..." January 14
Hardball Talk "According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the Diamondbacks have emerged as a surprise team in the mix for free agent right-hander James Shields. Rosenthal speculates that Arizona’s interest is a “strong indication” that Shields’ market is not at $100 million, as they aren’t willing to spend for..." January 13
#Royals and manager Ned Yost agree to one-year extension on his current contract, which will now run through the 2016 season.
MLB.com "Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio were elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers' Association of America on Tuesday. The three pitchers were voted in on their first time on the ballot, while Biggio was selected in his third year. Johnson received 97.3 percent..." January 06
Fox Sports "ink the Max Scherzer market is a mystery? Try figuring out which team is getting James Shields. Though the front-runners for Shields are not known, a number of executives tell FOX Sports they expect the free-agent right-hander to land a contract of at least five years, $100 million. Two..." January 05
ESPN.com "Former Philadelphia Phillies closer Ryan Madson has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Kansas City Royals that includes an invitation to major-league spring training camp, a baseball source told ESPN.com. Madson, 34, is 47-30 with a 3.59 ERA and 52 saves in eight career seasons with..." January 04
Giants are out on Shields, never in on Scherzer and still trying to work a deal on Zobrist according to sources
Kansas City Star "Royals left fielder Alex Gordon underwent surgery on his right wrist, the team announced on Tuesday. Gordon, who won his fourth straight Gold Glove in 2014, is expected by the Royals to recover in plenty of time for the season opener. The surgery — wrist extensor retinaculum repair — was..." January 02
New York Post "The Royals signed Alex Rios recently to a one-year, $11 million contract. But they actually first worked out a deal for him last July. At that time, Texas and Kansas City agreed to a trade that would send him from the injury-plagued, struggling Rangers to the contending Royals. However, Rios..." December 30
MLB Trade Rumors "The Royals announced Tuesday that they have officially signed right-hander Edinson Volquez to a two-year contract with a mutual option for the 2017 season. The contract reportedly guarantees Volquez $20MM. A $20MM contract represents a win for Volquez and his representatives with the Wasserman..." December 29
Hardball Talk "The best things in life are free. But you can keep them for the birds and bees: Major League Baseball’s average salary shot up to more than $3.8-million (U.S.) this year following the steepest rise since 2001, putting big-leaguers on track to top the $4-million barrier for the first time in..." December 24
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
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
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
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
Dayton Moore: expects Medlen to be a second half guy in 2015, coming off of TJ surgery.
Source: Medlen two-year deal with #Royals worth $8.5M - $2M, $5.5M plus $10M mutual option with $1M buyout if either party declines.
royals and volquez in agreement, $20, 2 yrs.
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
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
alex rios agrees to one-year with royals. $11M.
Source: Royals agree with Kendrys Morales on a two-year deal worth $17M. Performance bonuses could take it up to $18.5M.
Forbes.com "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
Colby Rasmus is on #royals list of outfield options. Defense and power a plus. Lefty struggles and low OBP, not so much.
word is, mariners, royals and indians are among teams to check in on alex rios
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
word is, mariners, royals and indians are among teams to check in on alex rios
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
CBSSports.com "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
indians, royals, rangers taking a look at kendrys morales. mariners, jays among other possibilities.
ESPN.com "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
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
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