Royals Rumors & News

  • 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

  • Royals mascot heading to the Hall of Fame

    Yardbarker "The Kansas City Royals are, sadly, one of the most underrepresented teams in baseball’s Hall of Fame. On the flip side, when the Mascot Hall of Fame opens its doors in March, there will likely be plenty of royal blue (and with any luck powder blue) represented in Whiting, Ind. You see, Monday,..." November 07

  • Royals make qualifying offer to Eric Hosmer

    Hardball Talk "The Kansas City Royals extended a one-year, $17.2 million qualifying offer to first baseman Eric Hosmer. Not surprising at all. Hosmer will certainly turn it down too, as he’s one of the top free agents on the market and is likely looking for a deal that pays him $20 million a year over a..." November 06

  • Yankees, Mets battling for Mike Moustakas?

    Newark Star-Ledger "A game of musical third basemen could play out in New York this winter. With the Mets (David Wright, Asdrubal Cabrera) and Yankees (Chase Headley) both entering the offseason without the future at third base entrenched at the hot corner, expect to see both teams linked to similar..." November 06

  • Kennedy won't opt out of contract with Royals

    Hardball Talk "Royals’ right-hander Ian Kennedy will not opt out of his contract, according to a report from FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman. It’s a no-brainer for Kennedy, who mulled over the decision in September and eventually told reporters, “It would be pretty stupid if I did [opt out].” He still has three years..." November 04

  • Report | Mike Minor to decline mutual option

    Fanrag Sports "Kansas City Royals left-handed relief pitcher Mike Minor will decline his mutual option on Friday, according to Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com, who also noted that the American League Central franchise does have interest in re-signing the veteran hurler as a closer, “depending on the cost.” The..." November 03

  • Report: Red Sox expected to pursue Eric Hosmer in free agency

    Larry Brown Sports "The Boston Red Sox may be getting a major upgrade at first base this winter. FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Thursday that “there is an expectation” the Red Sox could pursue former All-Star slugger Eric Hosmer in free agency. The 28-year-old Hosmer is coming off perhaps his best season..." November 03

  • From Jose Canseco to J.J. Watt, everyone thinks MLB balls are juiced

    Chicago Sun-Times "As balls sailed out of Major League ballparks in record fashion this past season, the whispers from disbelievers were drowned out by the roars of the longball-clamoring crowd. But after Sunday’s World Series slugfest that saw a combined seven home runs with the Houston Astros finally prevailing..." October 31

  • Royals’ owner denies Braves permission to interview Dayton Moore, report says

    Kansas City Star "Royals owner David Glass has denied the Atlanta Braves permission to interview general manager Dayton Moore for a job running their baseball operations, according to an ESPN report on Friday that cited anonymous baseball sources. The Braves’ general manager job has been open since Oct. 2,..." October 27

  • Dayton Moore Suggests He’s Not Interested In Leaving Royals

    MLB Trade Rumors "Royals GM Dayton Moore has been mentioned repeatedly as a theoretical candidate to join the Braves’ front office. But he largely dismissed any such notion in comments today to MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan (Twitter link). Moore, who has run Kansas City’s baseball operations since 2006, said that..." October 18

  • Major League Baseball considering expansion, radical realignment

    Hardball Talk "Tracy Ringolsby of Baseball America wrote yesterday about a “growing consensus” within baseball that expansion and realignment are inevitable. The likely expansion cities: Portland and Montreal. The 32-team league would then undergo a radical realignment that would also involve reducing the season..." October 17

  • Major League Baseball should amend replay review for on/off base disputes

    Hardball Talk "The Cubs won Thursday’s NLDS Game 5 by a 9-8 score over the Nationals and were aided in part by replay review in the eighth inning, helping Wade Davis escape a jam. The Nationals had scored a run on a Michael Taylor RBI single, cutting their deficit to one run. Lobaton kept the rally going with a..." October 13

  • MLB Sets 2017-18 Qualifying Offer At $17.4MM

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball has set the qualifying offer for the upcoming offseason at $17.4MM, MLBTR’s Tim Dierkes reports (Twitter link). With the news, teams can now make full assessments of whether to issue qualifying offers to pending free agents. Offers are due five days after the World Series..." October 13

  • Draft: First-Round Order For 2018

    Real GM Baseball "The regular season is over, so the order of the first round of the 2018 Major League Baseball draft has been solidified. 1. Detroit Tigers 2. San Francisco Giants 3. Philadelphia Phillies 4. Chicago White Sox 5. Cincinnati Reds 6. New York Mets 7. San Diego Padres 8...." October 02

  • MLB names World Series MVP Award in Honor of Willie Mays

    Hardball Talk "Major League Baseball just announced that it has renamed the World Series Most Valuable Player Award in honor of Willie Mays. Beginning with the 2017 World Series, the MVP of the Fall Classic will now be recognized as the “Willie Mays World Series Most Valuable Player.” The announcement comes..." September 29

  • Royals willing to make serious offer to re-sign Hosmer

    Fanrag Sports "The Kansas City Royals love Eric Hosmer, and all signs suggest they will try to keep him even if it won’t be easy. Word is, they are willing to make a serious offer (presumably $100 million plus) to Hosmer, though they expect some big-market competition, perhaps from the Boston Red Sox,..." September 28

  • 'Concussion' doctor Bennet Omalu says MLB's seven-day DL is 'a joke'

    CBS Sports "The San Diego Padres have had a rough season when it comes to catcher concussions. Backup Hector Sanchez missed a week in April after taking a ball off the mask. Meanwhile, starter Austin Hedges missed closer to two weeks due to his own concussion -- one that required vision training before he..." September 28

  • The time two umpires almost got blackmailed over a hookup with strippers

    Hardball Talk "I didn’t put “must-click link” in the headline because there wasn’t room, but I kinda doubt I need to tell you that you need to click on this link, which takes you to a wonderful story by William Ryczek over at The National Pastime Museum. The short version: in 1960 two big league umpires, Ed..." September 27

  • Major League Baseball wants you to look at a screen while you’re at the ballpark

    Hardball Talk "During the debate last week involving expanded netting at major league ballparks, the familiar refrain from the anti-netting crowd rung out: “hey, netting wouldn’t be necessary if you simply paid attention!” These folks get particularly upset at the idea of people looking at their phones or..." September 25

  • Another young fan was struck by a foul ball, this time at Guaranteed Rate Field

    Hardball Talk "ESPN reports via the Associated Press that a young boy was struck by a line drive foul ball but was not seriously injured during Sunday afternoon’s game against the Royals. The boy and a woman were escorted by a first aid crew to the concourse area and the boy was later eating ice cream in a..." September 25

  • Yost committed to Royals in 2018: 'I'm not walking away'

    MLB.com "As the Royals face the prospect of losing several of their core players to free agency this offseason, there's one spot they won't need to replace: Their manager. Royals manager Ned Yost, who has one year left on his contract after 2017, said he definitely plans on returning for '18. "I'm..." September 23

  • Major League Baseball claims it will “redouble its efforts” on expanded netting

    Hardball Talk "Yesterday, during the Minnesota Twins-New York Yankees game at Yankee Stadium, a young girl was injured after a foul ball flew off the bat of Todd Frazier and into the stands along the third base line where she was sitting. In some parks that ball would be stopped because of netting down the..." September 21

  • Here is why Royals reliever Peter Moylan would like to return to Royals in 2018

    Kansas City Star "Peter Moylan is a 38-year-old reliever who forged a baseball career after working manual labor and sales jobs in his native Australia. He is a pitcher who has endured two Tommy John surgeries on his right elbow, a torn rotator cuff and labrum in his shoulder and a procedure for a bulging disc in..." September 21

  • Top five Cy Young contenders in each league

    Larry Brown Sports "Both the American and National League have clear contenders for their respective Cy Young Awards this season, but the outcome of each race is still murky as we head into the final weeks of the season. There’s a lot to consider in the races for both leagues. Here’s a look at the top five..." September 20

  • MLB league-wide single season home run record set to fall Tuesday

    Hardball Talk "Giancarlo Stanton‘s smacks, Aaron Judge‘s jolts and all those dizzying long balls helped Major League Baseball move another poke closer to the inevitable. Nearly two decades after the height of the Steroids Era, the sports is on track to break its season record for home runs on Tuesday – and..." September 18

  • AL MVP: Jose Altuve is clear favorite, but race for second is star-studded

    Sporting News "Jose Altuve is putting the finishes on yet another incredible season for Houston. Remember when we were all amazed that a guy listed at 5-6 could be an impact player in the majors? Those days feel like a long, long time ago. At this point, Altuve has established himself as one of the best..." September 18

  • 2017 MLB season might not feature a 20-win pitcher for first time in nearly 10 years

    CBS Sports "With just two weeks left in the 2017 Major League Baseball season, we can start to take a look at some of the stats and have a good idea where things will end up. On that front, let's glance at the MLB leaderboard for pitcher wins. As noted by Twitter friend Matt Harvey (@halladayfan32), the..." September 18

  • Minor in line to be Royals' full-time closer?

    MLB.com "What Royals fans saw out of left-hander Mike Minor in a closer's role in the 4-3 win over the Indians on Friday night had to make more than a few wonder: With that type of electric stuff, could Minor become a full-time closer? Minor struck out the side for his first career save, ending the..." September 18

  • Teams seeking Miguel Sano-like talent at age 13

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Twins, like most MLB teams, will send scouts to a showcase in the Caribbean this week for Venezuelan prospects, a chance to measure and evaluate players who will eventually sign contracts to play professionally. But this gathering of baseball talent is unusual — though it reflects the new..." September 18

  • Yankees could reportedly pursue Eric Hosmer in free agency

    Yardbarker "Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer could be making the leap from small-market sensation to mega-market monster this offseason. According to a report by Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports on Thursday, the New York Yankees may pursue the former All-Star slugger in free agency. Per..." September 16

  • Major League Baseball: still flailing at front office diversity

    Hardball Talk "We’ve written many times about how Major League Baseball has a diversity problem in its front office and executive ranks. General managers are almost all youngish white dudes from Ivy League institutions and they have hired people in their own image for years. That, combined with astoundingly low..." September 15

  • 2018 will feature the earliest Opening Day in baseball history

    Hardball Talk "Major League Baseball announced its master schedule for the 2018 season. Opening Day will be Thursday, March 29. It’s the earliest Opening Day in baseball history, with the exception of special international openers like the ones in Japan and Australia. Until now, the earliest opening date for a..." September 12

  • Shohei Otani is coveted by MLB teams and this filthy slider might explain why

    CBS Sports "We take you to Japan, where Shohei Otani of the Nippon Ham Fighters is about to uncork one of the nastiest slide-pieces you've ever beheld ... And the people say: Larduhmercy. If Allen Iverson's crossover were somehow made into a breaking ball, it would look like that, probably. Otani in..." September 12

  • Royals remove Kelvin Herrera from closer role

    Hardball Talk "Royals’ right-hander Kelvin Herrera will step down from the closer role, manager Ned Yost announced Friday. The shift comes as little surprise after Herrera’s implosion during the team’s 4-2 loss on Thursday; coupled with a nagging forearm strain and the Royals’ current position in the AL wild..." September 08

  • Royals’ Danny Duffy isn’t close to returning. Here’s how they could fill his spot

    Kansas City Star "On Saturday afternoon, Royals starter Danny Duffy played catch at a distance of 60 feet here at Target Field. The session marked his latest step in his rehab from a pronator strain. He is not particularly close to returning from the disabled list. Duffy, who is recovering from the muscle strain..." September 04

  • Royals’ Ian Kennedy can opt out this offseason. ‘It would be pretty stupid if I did,’ he says

    Kansas City Star "Royals starter Ian Kennedy is a realist of sorts, a rational thinker under no illusions about his performance or his future. So let’s get this part out of the way early. Kennedy, 32, possesses a one-time opt-out this offseason on a five-year, $70 million contract signed before the 2016..." September 04