Royals Rumors & News

  • Royals pitcher Danny Duffy pleads guilty to DUI in Overland Park

    kctv5.com "Royals pitcher Danny Duffy has pleaded guilty to driving under the influence in Overland Park and has been placed on a year's probation. Sean Reilly, a spokesman for the city of Overland Park, Kansas, said Tuesday that Duffy entered the plea last week and will pay $1,220 in fines and court..." January 16

  • Padres owner on Eric Hosmer offer: 'We like it. I don't know if Mr. Boras likes it.'

    San Diego Union-Tribune "Padres Executive Chairman Ron Fowler indicated Tuesday the team is not planning significant changes to its offer to free-agent first baseman Eric Hosmer. The Union-Tribune reported earlier this month that the Padres had presented agent Scott Boras with a seven-year deal worth less than $140..." January 16

  • Rob Manfred is prepared to implement a pitch clock unilaterally for 2018

    Hardball Talk "Rob Manfred has long been on record wanting to speed up the pace of play in baseball and, to that end, last year proposed a 20-second pitch clock. Pursuant to baseball’s Collective Bargaining Agreement, he could not implement that unilaterally last year. However if, one year after a proposed rules..." January 16

  • Report: Brewers pursuing both Jake Arrieta, Mike Moustakas

    Larry Brown Sports "The Milwaukee Brewers are reportedly after a pair of All-Star free agents. According to The Athletic’s Jim Bowden on Monday, the Brewers are pursuing both Chicago Cubs righty Jake Arrieta and Kansas City Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas. Bowden also says that a Moustakas signing could be a..." January 15

  • Of 30 MLB teams, only five have yet to expand protective netting down foul lines

    CBS Sports "With the Toronto Blue Jays announcing that they will be adding protective netting down foul lines on Monday, 25 of 30 MLB teams have expanded their safety precautions to protect fans from rogue foul balls. Only the Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Angels, Oakland Athletics, Baltimore Orioles and..." January 15

  • Is Mike Moustakas an option for the Cardinals?

    Fanrag Sports "For the St. Louis Cardinals, there’s no such thing as a “rebuilding year” or even a “bridge year.” That sensibility and the accompanying expectations have reached a level where anything short of making the postseason and having a respectable run is barely good enough. Since they’re a club with a..." January 13

  • MLB owners seem to want more money in their pockets, not those of players

    Sporting News "Doldrums. A dry spell. A brain-melting and frustrating period of incredible boredom. Whatever words or turn of phrase you use to describe the current state of the baseball offseason, you’re right. We’re in a haze of offseason monotony punctuated only by the occasional reliever deciding to join..." January 11

  • White Sox add relievers Luis Avilan, Joakim Soria in three-team trade

    Chicago Tribune "The White Sox bolstered their bullpen Thursday evening with a three-team trade that will bring veteran relievers Luis Avilan and Joakim Soria to the South Side. The Sox gave up minor-league infielder Jake Peter in the deal and also will get cash considerations from the Dodgers. The Dodgers..." January 04

  • Why the Royals and Eric Hosmer are better off without each other

    Kansas City Star "The Royals remain interested in signing Eric Hosmer but have not offered a contract worth $147 million over seven years, as stated in a report almost certainly pushed by people close to Hosmer in an attempt to kickstart action in a historically slow baseball offseason. Even so, the..." January 04

  • Eric Hosmer offered seven-year, $147 million deal to return to Royals

    USA Today "Eric Hosmer, coveted all winter by the San Diego Padres, now has another surprising small-market team going head-to-head for his services. Yes, his old team. The Kansas City Royals have offered Hosmer a franchise-record seven-year, $147 million contract, persons close to Hosmer told USA..." January 03

  • Should Japanese career be a HOF factor?

    CBS Sports "No sooner than five years from now, the great Ichiro Suzuki will be voted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on the first ballot. Ichiro still wants to play but remains unsigned. If he's unable to latch on anywhere, his five-year waiting period before appearing on the Hall of Fame ballot will..." January 02

  • Eric Hosmer Reportedly Has Record 7-Year Contract Offer from Padres on Table

    Bleacher Report "Free-agent first baseman Eric Hosmer reportedly has a big contract offer on the table from the San Diego Padres, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today. Per Nightengale, it is a seven-year deal that would make Hosmer the highest-paid player in Padres history. The 28-year-old Hosmer spent..." January 02

  • How the slow offseason could affect the Royals and their free agents

    Kansas City Star "If there is a silver lining in gridlock, in the slow, bumper-to-bumper traffic snarling Major League Baseball’s free-agent market, it is this: If you haven’t been paying attention, you haven’t missed much. Fifty-seven days after players officially became free agents, and four days after..." December 31

  • Managers And Top Front Office Executives On Expiring Contracts

    MLB Trade Rumors "There are quite a few notable managers and top front office executives (general managers or heads of baseball operations who have different titles) entering their last guaranteed year under contract in 2018, creating even more pressure than usual to have a good season. Thanks to Cot’s Baseball..." December 27

  • Top potential trade destinations for Jackie Bradley Jr.

    Yardbarker "It’s no secret, you guys — the Boston Red Sox need to find a legit power bat this winter. It also no secret as to the person they’re pursuing to help fill that void. No American League team hit fewer home runs (168) or had a lower ISO (.149) than Boston in 2017, and perhaps no team appears to..." December 26

  • Jessica Mendoza will return to ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball in 2018, but other booth positions remain TBD

    Awful Announcing "With Dan Shulman leaving Sunday Night Baseball for the sake of his personal life and Aaron Boone departing to manage the Yankees, ESPN’s flagship baseball program finds itself in flux. But as of Tuesday, we know one thing about Sunday Night Baseball in 2018: Jessica Mendoza will be back. ESPN..." December 20

  • Mike Moustakas would be a perfect fit in the Bronx

    ESPN "The free-agent market is moving so slowly, one talent evaluator said this week, that January is about to become the new December. Teams once pushed to get their winter work done by the holidays, but now advanced analytics seems to have nudged a number of clubs into following the strategy used..." December 20

  • How Eric Hosmer and the Royals may be closer to re-upping

    Kansas City Star "The following words are driven more by speculation than fact, more by conjecture than definitive truth, so feel free to end it here and watch that Chiefs fan jump onto the burning table again. Go ahead, no offense taken. Nearly everything about baseball this time of year is speculation and..." December 19

  • Phillies Asked About Marcus Stroman, Danny Duffy

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Phillies have been aggressively shopping for controllable pitching this winter, as the team has “inquired on just about every young starter that could be traded this winter,” Matt Gelb and Matt Breen of Philly.com report. This list of targets include their previously-reported interest in..." December 18

  • Source: Red Sox talks signal interest in signing both J.D. Martinez, Eric Hosmer

    Boston Herald "A source at the winter meetings said that the Red Sox are engaged in talks with not only free agent outfielder J.D. Martinez but also free agent first baseman Eric Hosmer. The intent is not to try to ensure signing one of the two elite hitters, said the source. The goal is to try to sign..." December 14

  • Padres Emerge As ‘Clear-Cut Favorites’ To Sign Eric Hosmer

    NESN "As Major League Baseball’s Winter Meetings wrap up, teams are homing in on their targets. And it appears the San Diego Padres have a man in mind. The Padres have emerged as the “clear-cut” favorites to sign free agent first baseman Eric Hosmer, USA TODAY’s Bob Nightengale reported Thursday..." December 14

  • Danny Duffy responds to trade rumors: ‘Bury me a Royal’

    Kansas City Star "Inside their suite at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort, Royals officials have spent this week’s winter meetings receiving texts and phone calls from rival teams inquiring about the availability of starting pitcher Danny Duffy. The Royals, for now, are listening. Duffy, however, has..." December 13

  • Padres Remain 'Strongly in Mix' for Eric Hosmer

    Bleacher Report "The San Diego Padres are reportedly looking to make a run at prized free-agent first baseman Eric Hosmer, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. Per Heyman, the Padres are "thinking big" and remain "strongly in the mix" for Hosmer's services. The 28-year-old Hosmer spent the first seven..." December 12

  • Royals discouraged by chances of re-signing Hosmer

    Kansas City Star "Shohei Ohtani chose the Angels. Giancarlo Stanton appears headed for New York. Is Eric Hosmer the next offseason domino to fall? That question could be answered this week as Major League Baseball convenes for its annual Winter Meetings at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort in Lake..." December 10

  • Hosmer visits San Diego as Padres hold keen interest

    Fanrag Sports "Star free agent first baseman Eric Hosmer visited in San Diego with the Padres Thursday, lending more credence to their scenario that he could wind up with the small-market club that’s still in a rebuild. Some may see the low-revenue Padres as an unlikely fit for a big-time free agent, but a..." December 08

  • Mike Minor gets three-years, $28 million from the Rangers

    Hardball Talk "Yesterday it was reported that the Texas Rangers signed Mike Minor, late of the Kansas City Royals bullpen. Today Jeff Passan of Yahoo has the contract details: it’s a three-year, $28 million deal and Minor gets a no-trade clause covering ten teams. That’s a pretty nifty contract for a guy who..." December 06

  • Royals sign Yefri Del Rosario

    Fanrag Sports "The Kansas City Royals have signed former Atlanta Braves prospect Yefri Del Rosario, according to a report from MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez. Del Rosario, an 18-year-old right-handed pitcher, was one of 13 prospects that were stripped from the Braves after an investigation revealed that Atlanta’s..." December 05

  • Royals sign relief pitcher Wily Peralta to one-year contract

    Kansas City Star "The Royals added to their pitching staff on Tuesday, signing right-hander Wily Peralta to a one-year contract with a club option for 2019 worth a guaranteed $1.525 million. He will make $1.5 million in 2018 with incentives worth up to $1.25 million each year. The option year is for $3 million..." December 05

  • Royals Likely Headed For Rebuild

    MLB Trade Rumors "After a half-decade at or near the top of the AL Central, two appearances in the World Series and one championship, the Royals now look to be going in the opposite direction. As Eric Hosmer, Lorenzo Cain and Mike Moustakas all hit the free-agent market, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic writes..." December 04

  • Eric Hosmer may be looking for a superstar deal, but the market should be careful

    CBS Sports "Royals lifer Eric Hosmer is one of the most coveted free agents of the offseason. Sure, that says much about the relative depth of the 2017-18 class of free agents, but Hosmer's rep, Scott Boras, has already floated the idea of a $200 million contract for his client. Hosmer's not going to get..." December 02

  • Greg Holland, Mike Moustakas named MLB Comeback Players of the Year for 2017

    Bleacher Report "Major League Baseball announced Friday that Colorado Rockies closer Greg Holland and Kansas City Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas have won the 2017 Comeback Player of the Year Awards in the National League and American League, respectively. Holland missed all of 2016 after undergoing Tommy..." December 01

  • Top offseason trade candidates not named Giancarlo Stanton

    CBS Sports "Barring any surprises -- I think we'd all welcome some surprise hot stove activity -- the two biggest stories of the 2017-18 MLB offseason will be the Shohei Ohtani sweepstakes and the Giancarlo Stanton trade market. Ohtani is expected to be posted in the coming days and the 21-day negotiating..." November 28

  • MLB Sets Record For Revenues In 2017, Increasing More Than $500 Million Since 2015

    Forbes.com "Major League Baseball continues to hit home runs on the business side. According to sources at the league, 2017 marks the 15th consecutive year MLB has seen record gross revenues, surpassing the $10 billion mark for the first time. By comparison, the league saw revenues approaching $9.5 billion at..." November 22

  • MLB wants 20-second pitch clock as pace-of-play initiative in 2018

    ESPN "The serious negotiations over Major League Baseball's pace-of-play initiatives haven't really started yet and probably won't for weeks to come. Once MLB and the Players Association dig into their talks, there will be haggling over the particulars of some ideas, like restrictions on the number of..." November 21

  • BBWAA announces 2018 Hall of Fame ballot

    Sporting News "The Baseball Writers’ Association of America on Monday announced the 33 candidates for the 2018 Hall of Fame ballot. The ballot lists 14 returning players who received at least five percent of the overall vote in 2017. Among those players, Trevor Hoffman (74.0 percent) and Vladimir Guerrero..." November 20

  • Deadline To Set 40-Man Rosters For Rule 5 Draft Is Tonight

    MLB Trade Rumors "The deadline for Major League teams to set their 40-man rosters in advance of next month’s Rule 5 Draft is tonight at 8pm ET. As such, baseball fans should expect to see a flurry of activity over the next 11 hours. There will be likely be players designated for assignment, outrighted and claimed..." November 20

  • Mike Moustakas reportedly wants to sign with Angels

    Larry Brown Sports "The Los Angeles Angels have been tied to free agent Mike Moustakas once again. ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reported on Wednesday that Moustakas has the Angels No. 1 on his list of teams with whom he would like to sign. A former No. 2 overall pick by the Kansas City Royals, Moustakas turned down a..." November 17

  • Cardinals may have interest in Eric Hosmer

    CBS Sports "The Cardinals are looking to add some juice to the lineup this offseason, as evinced by their bring one of the teams prominently in pursuit of trade candidate Giancarlo Stanton. In the event that they're unable to pull off such a blockbuster, the Cardinals may turn to the free agent pool for some..." November 17

  • Report: MLBPA challenging NPB posting system, delaying Shohei Ohtani’s move to MLB

    Hardball Talk "Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball had a “tentative agreement” in place to allow the Nippon Ham Fighters to post Shohei Ohtani — a lauded pitcher and hitter — for $20 million. However, the players’ union is challenging the system, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports, which will..." November 16

  • New MLB-NPB Posting Agreement Still Weeks Away

    MLB Trade Rumors "The hope is that Major League Baseball and Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball will finalize a new posting system at some point in early December, MLB Chief Legal Officer Dan Halem tells reporters including Joel Sherman of the New York Post (Twitter link). Until that comes to pass, Japanese..." November 15

  • MLB wants to get a pitch clock in place for the 2018 season

    Hardball Talk "As several games dragged on well past the three and four hour mark this postseason, fans active online increasingly chattered about the need for a pitch clock, rules limiting mound visits or some other means of moving things along. Today at the owners meetings down in Florida, MLB’s Chief Legal..." November 15

  • Padres to make run at Eric Hosmer?

    ESPN "The San Diego Padres could be a surprise suitor in this winter's Eric Hosmer sweepstakes. The Pads are internally discussing the idea of pursuing the coveted free-agent first baseman, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports. Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune hears the same, noting the..." November 15

  • Royals growing pessimistic about re-signing top free agents

    Larry Brown Sports "The Kansas City Royals are not feeling particularly confident about their chances of running it back with their current core next season, according to a report. Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reported on Tuesday that the Royals have become “increasingly more pessimistic” about their chances of..." November 14

  • Jays reach out to free agent Cain

    TSN "According to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick, sources say the Toronto Blue Jays have reached out to free agent outfielder Lorenzo Cain. Crasnick says the New York Mets have also reached out early regarding Cain. The Texas Rangers, Seattle Mariners and San Francisco Giants all have openings in centre..." November 14

  • Royals will try hard to retain Hosmer and Moustakas

    Fanrag Sports "The Royals, who now seem less inclined to do a rebuild, are looking closely at potential returns for star infielders Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas but appear to have all but given up hope of retaining star center fielder Lorenzo Cain. Kansas City has been thought to be weighing a real..." November 12

  • Morrison: Playing for Royals would be 'dream come true'

    Kansas City Star "There is at least one free-agent first baseman with a strong desire to play for the Royals. Logan Morrison, a Kansas City native coming off a career season in Tampa Bay, said Thursday in an interview with MLB Network Radio that playing for his hometown Royals would be “fulfilling a..." November 09

  • Royals manager Ned Yost broke his pelvis after falling out of a tree

    Hardball Talk "Royals manager Ned Yost broke his pelvis following a fall from a tree on the property of his Georgia home over the weekend. Yost was working on a tree stand — he’s a big hunter — when he fell. As of last night Yost was still in the hospital, but he is expected to make a full recovery. " November 09

  • Braves unlikely to pursue free-agent Mike Moustakas

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Free-agent third baseman Mike Moustakas already has been linked to the Braves. But the team is unlikely to dive into what’s expected to be a steep bidding war for the two-time All-Star. The Braves need help at third base and in the power department. Moustakas provides that, but at a potentially..." November 09

  • MLB sees increase in sponsor spending while NFL is trending negative

    Awful Announcing "Coming off a successful postseason, Major League Baseball got some more good news. According to a new report, MLB saw a record in corporate sponsorship spending of $892 million, a jump of almost 8%. It comes after the 2016 World Series, which was the most-watched Fall Classic in 12 years, while..." November 08

  • Royals Hire New Coaches To Round Out Staff

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Royals have completed their coaching staff with a slate of new hires, per a team announcement (h/t MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan; Twitter links). Kansas City has shaken up manager Ned Yost’s staff a bit as the organization enters an offseason of no little uncertainty. Terry Bradshaw has been..." November 07