Royals Rumors & News

  • Royals could soon begin massive fire sale

    Yardbarker "As the calendar nears June and MLB teams start to evaluate their outlook for the coming months, it appears at least one squad is almost ready to open the doors to a major sale. According to Jon Heyman of FangRag Sports, the Kansas City Royals are said to be quietly putting the word..." May 24

  • Report: Nike Steals 2020 MLB Uniform Contract From Under Armour

    12 Up "The Nike swoosh is coming to Major League Baseball. All it took was another company's financial ruin to get there. ​Back in 2016, Major League Baseball announced that ​Under Armour was going to be the official on-field uniform provider for all 30 teams come the..." May 24

  • MLB Releases Study On Home Run Rate

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball has released a scientific study that was designed to examine “possible causes of the surge in home run rate in Major League Baseball in the past several years,” as its abstract puts it. The study itself is available at this link. Per the report,..." May 24

  • Royals P Danny Duffy critical of himself for being ‘terrible’

    Larry Brown Sports "Danny Duffy is not mincing words about how bad he has been this season. Duffy had another rough outing on Saturday, allowing five earned runs on seven hits over four innings against the New York Yankees. The Kansas City Royals pitcher is now 1-6 with a 6.88 ERA this season, while the..." May 20

  • Drew Butera dyes hair after 7-year-old boy beats cancer

    ESPN "Kansas City Royals catcher Drew Butera is a man of his word. And because of that, he's got a new 'do. And it's pink. Butera said he made a promise to 7-year-old Dagan Lingenfelter when the boy was in the hospital getting chemotherapy treatment for acute..." May 19

  • 'It kills me so much': Danny Duffy's search for baseball peace during his worst stretch

    Kansas City Star "The conversation will last 10 minutes, and Danny Duffy will insult his pitching at least a dozen times in a dozen different ways. He is the Royals' most talented starting pitcher, owner of a $65 million contract, and right now his results stink. He will use stronger language than that and..." May 15

  • Royals recall Hunter Dozier; place Lucas Duda on 10-day disabled list "The Royals say infielder/outfielder Hunter Dozier has been recalled from Triple-A Omaha and will be available for Monday night's game against the Tampa Bay Rays at 6:05 p.m.  Dozier will wear uniform No. 17. " May 14

  • Kyle Lohse appeared to announce retirement by posting a picture of him enjoying a beer at a baseball game "After 16 seasons playing the game, it appears Kyle Lohse announced his retirement -- and he did it in a rather interesting and laid back way. Lohse posted on his Instagram a photo of him enjoying a beer at Werner Park in Omaha, Neb. on Thursday with the caption, "It's been a hell of a..." May 11

  • Report: MLBPA rejected league's proposal to change All-Star Game voting

    The Score "A proposal from Major League Baseball that would have changed the voting process for this year's All-Star Game was rejected by the MLB Players Association last month, sources told Joel Sherman of the New York Post. Currently, fans vote for the starting position players in both the American and..." May 11

  • Royals Release Seth Maness

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Royals have released righty Seth Maness from his minor-league deal, according to Jon Heyman of Fan Rag (via Twitter). Maness requested the release, per the report, in hopes of finding a chance to work as a starter with another organization. From 2013 through 2016, Maness was mostly a steady..." May 10

  • Kyle Lohse: Cut loose by KC

    CBS Sports "Lohse was released by the Royals on Thursday, Rustin Dodd of The Athletic Kansas City reports. Lohse inked a minor-league deal with the Royals on March 31, but he was simply awful during his time in the organization." May 10

  • Those ‘purist’ arguments against the DH are dead

    New York Post "Jacob deGrom hyper-extended his elbow swinging a bat, but I promise I am not overreacting to the Mets ace landing on the DL to stump for the introduction of the DH to the National League. This is not about a singular event, as troubling as it may be for the Mets. This is about how the game..." May 07

  • Royals Select Jason Adam

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Royals have selected the contract of righty Jason Adams, the club announced. He’ll join the active roster while sliding into the 40-man spot the team opened yesterday. Adam, 26, was a 5th-round selection of the Royals in the 2010 draft. The local product ended up being dealt away, though,..." May 05

  • The rise of the C-Flap

    Hardball Talk "One of the most notable things of the 2018 season has been the C-flaps on the batting helmets. Those little extensions from the ear flap that cover a hitter’s jaw. Players have worn them for some time, but it seems like this year ten times more guys have them. It’s getting to the point where I..." May 04

  • What Was Up With Christian Vazquez’s Obscure Rule Violation In Red Sox-Royals?

    NESN "If you were scratching your head late in Tuesday night’s Boston Red Sox-Kansas City Royals game, don’t worry. So was Christian Vazquez. “I never heard about that before,” Vazquez said, via The Boston Globe. The source of Vazquez’s confusion was a rarely-enforced rule the Red Sox catcher..." May 02

  • Mike Moustakas sitting out after getting hit in arm

    ESPN "Kansas City Royals slugger Mike Moustakas will sit out Tuesday night's game against the Red Sox in Boston with a bruised forearm. Moustakas left Monday's game after getting hit by a pitch in the first inning by Red Sox left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez." May 01

  • Royals Release Clay Buchholz

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Royals have released righty Clay Buchholz from his minor-league deal, per a club announcement. He had been pitching in the minors in hopes of earning a call-up to the MLB roster after signing late in Spring Training. Buchholz, 33, would have earned at a $1.5MM annual rate had he cracked the..." May 01

  • Tim Anderson, Salvador Perez shake hands after benches clear but neither willing to give in

    Chicago Tribune "Tim Anderson is very popular among players – White Sox players. Others around the game continue to take issue with him. The latest came in Saturday’s nightcap. The exuberant Anderson led off the game with a home run and hollered as he broke out of the box. Royals catcher Salvador Perez took..." April 29

  • Doctors who helped save Ned Yost's life honored by Royals "Not long after Mara Schenker, the surgeon who essentially put Royals manager Ned Yost's pelvis back together after his horrific fall last November, found out what Yost did for a living, she had an idea: She wanted to come to a baseball game and to eat some of Kansas City's world-renowned..." April 29

  • Ned Yost was relieved when he found out the Royals were 5-17, not 5-20

    Hardball Talk "Speaking to the media prior to Thursday night’s game against the White Sox, manager Ned Yost said he was relieved to find out his Royals were 5-17 rather than 5-20, Rustin Dodd of the Athletic reports. Yost said, “I don’t look at our record. And thank God. I thought we were 5-20 and we’re only..." April 27

  • Dayton Moore wants Yost back next season

    Fanrag Sports "Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost is a lame duck whose team currently has the worst record in the American League. But Royals GM Dayton Moore doesn’t hesitate when asked if the plan is to bring Yost back: Yes, he does indeed want Yost back for a 10th season in Kansas City next year. Yost..." April 27

  • Yost says Royals are only team that doesn't steal signs

    The Score "Among baseball's unwritten rules, none seems to garner more controversy than sign stealing, and the Kansas City Royals insist they avoid the whole issue by refusing to partake. "We're the only team, when everyone talks about this, that doesn't steal signs," Royals manager Ned Yost said on MLB..." April 25

  • Royals activate Sal Perez

    Hardball Talk "The Kansas City Royals activated catcher Sal Perez from the 10-day disabled list today. He started the year on the shelf after tearing the MCL in his left knee just before Opening Day. They originally said he’d be out 4-6 weeks, but he’s back a bit ahead of schedule following a 9-for-24, two-homer..." April 24

  • Cleveland Indians reach minor league deal with veteran outfielder Melky Cabrera

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The fans aren't overly excited about the Indians outfield and apparently the front office feels the same way. It's been confirmed that they've reached a minor league deal with veteran switch-hitting outfielder Melky Cabrera, who like many free agents this past winter went unsigned. Cabrera, 33,..." April 24

  • Royals expect Salvador Perez to return next week

    Larry Brown Sports "After a very disappointing start to their 2018 season, the Kansas City Royals are finally getting some good news. Manager Ned Yost confirmed Friday that the Royals are expecting Perez to return next week after injuring himself on the eve of Opening Day." April 20

  • Royals look primed to sell this summer

    Fanrag Sports "The Kansas City Royals are a “slam dunk” to become a seller, one rival GM said. The Royals, to their credit, have tried to keep their heyday alive, making a spirited-but-failed effort to keep franchise cornerstone Eric Hosmer and ultimately keeping his infield mates Mike Moustakas and Alcides..." April 19

  • Blue Jays confirm Rogers Centre roof issue resolved, will play Tuesday

    The Score "There will be baseball under the roof in Toronto on Tuesday. The Toronto Blue Jays announced they have been cleared to play Tuesday's doubleheader against the Kansas City Royals at Rogers Centre following a "thorough investigation" of the stadium's retractable roof, which was damaged by falling..." April 17

  • Royals pitcher grabbed the wheel after ice shattered team bus' windshield

    USA Today "Icy conditions in Toronto led to a scary scene for the Kansas City Royals late Sunday night. If not for the quick reaction from pitcher Blaine Boyer, the ordeal could have been worse. As reporters Rustin Dodd and Keegan Matheson described, a large chunk of ice fell off one of the team busses,..." April 16

  • Blue Jays-Royals game postponed after falling ice damages stadium roof

    Sportsnet "Unsafe roof conditions caused by falling ice from the CN Tower on Monday caused the second postponement in Rogers Centre’s history, with the Toronto Blue Jays and Kansas City Royals set to play a doubleheader starting at 3:07 p.m. Tuesday. The decision was made after workers climbed the roof..." April 16

  • Sunday’s Angels-Royals game postponed due to inclement weather

    Hardball Talk "If you were hoping to catch Shohei Ohtani take the mound for his third pitching appointment of the season, well, come back on Tuesday. Sunday’s series finale between the Royals and Angels has been added to an ever-expanding list of postponements this weekend due to inclement weather. (Remember,..." April 15

  • Mike Trout, fan of snow, had a tough time playing in KC storm

    Sporting News "Angels outfielder Mike Trout grew up in New Jersey, not too far from Philadelphia, so when he says the playing conditions in Kansas City were "tough" Saturday night, they were tough. Trout, the Angels and the Royals played through rain and, later, snow showers at Kauffman Stadium, with the..." April 15

  • Royals sign autistic OF Tarik El-Abour to minor league deal

    ESPN "The Kansas City Royals signed autistic outfielder Tarik El-Abour to a minor league contract Friday. According to the team's website, the 25-year-old El-Abour is believed to be the first professional baseball player with autism. He will report to extended spring training at the Royals' facility..." April 13

  • Why MLB will continue to have bench-clearing brawls

    USA Today "Major League Baseball issued suspensions and fines for Wednesday’s bench-clearing brawl between the Red Sox and Yankees, with Boston pitcher Joe Kelly and New York first baseman Tyler Austin getting banished six and five games, respectively. Soon to follow will be discipline for the Rockies vs...." April 13

  • MLB batters getting hit by pitches at a historic rate - and tensions are high

    USA Today "Major league pitchers are placing batters on notice: Beware of the inside pitch. The regular season is only two weeks old and already 149 batters -- or 0.42 per game -- have been plunked. It's certainly very early, but that rate is 17% higher than 2017's full-season rate and would be the..." April 12

  • MLB Could Be on the Verge of More Insane and Drastic Rule Changes Based on Leaked Document

    12 Up "So far, several of these have come true. So why not the rest? We've already seen Major League Baseball implement​ rule changes to better the pace-of-play, both at the big league and minor league level. There's a pitch clock in the ​minors -- and we'll probably be seeing that ​in the bigs in..." April 11

  • MLB's African-American population regains lost ground; can growth continue?

    USA Today "It’s certainly not worth celebrating, but Major League Baseball has at least made back the loss of African American players that a year ago resulted in a historic low. The African-American population increased to 7.8%, up from 7.1% a year ago, on Major League Baseball’s opening-day day rosters..." April 11

  • Baseball Team Values 2018 "This is the 21st rendition of our MLB valuations. The New York Yankees have been baseball's most valuable team (worth $4.0 billion) every year. Short explanation: The Bronx Bombers generate by far the most revenue--$619 million last season. The value of the Yankees has compounded annually at..." April 11

  • Alex Gordon Placed On DL With Labral Tear In Left Hip

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Royals announced that they’ve placed left fielder Alex Gordon on the 10-day disabled list with a labral tear in his left hip. Recently claimed outfielder Abraham Almonte has been recalled from Triple-A Omaha to take his place. Kansas City didn’t provide an immediate timeline within its..." April 10

  • Is the expanded safety netting ruining MLB?

    Michigan Live "As MLB swings into action, expanded safety netting has greeted fans on the lower levels. A child was hospitalized last season after being struck by a line-drive foul ball, bringing about the expansion of the protective netting. Expanding the net ensures the safety of the fans. Critics think the..." April 09

  • Royals Re-Sign Kyle Zimmer

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Royals have re-signed righty Kyle Zimmer, as Rustin Dodd of The Athletic was among those to report on Twitter. He’ll return to the organization on a minor-league deal. That outcome was just what the Royals hoped for when they removed the talented, but oft-injured hurler from their 40-man..." April 06

  • Freddie Freeman Has Drawn as Many Walks as the Kansas City Royals

    The Sports Daily "There’s no better time in the MLB regular season to fiddle around with certain statistics than right now. Players and teams that have gotten off to fast (and slow) starts make for some interesting comparisons — even if it’s only for an incredibly short period of time. One of those comparisons..." April 06

  • Will fans embrace MLB games only available on Facebook?

    Awful Announcing "We are now in an era where Facebook gets an exclusive MLB game each week. By exclusive, it means the game won’t be on television and there will not be a local feed. Overall, 25 games will be streamed on the social media service. We discussed the development last month when the deal was..." April 05

  • Tigers, Royals game on Wednesday postponed due to snow, cold

    Michigan Live "The series finale between the Detroit Tigers and Kansas City Royals on Wednesday was postponed due to cold, windy weather. The news was released 10:55 a.m., about 2 1/2 hours before the scheduled first pitch. The game will be made up as part of a day-night doubleheader on April 20, when the..." April 04

  • Royals Place Kyle Zimmer On Release Waivers

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Royals have placed former top prospect Kyle Zimmer on release waivers, as Maria Torres of the Kansas City Star was among those to report (Twitter links). He had been designated for assignment recently. It is not entirely clear why Zimmer was placed on release rather than outright waivers,..." April 03

  • Why Major League Baseball is '90% mental' now more than ever

    USA Today "They’re the ones nobody ever sees. They’re not introduced in the opening-day pageantry. They don’t wear uniforms. They don’t have lockers in the clubhouse. Some even have weird titles, just to protect their anonymity. Yet, behind the scenes, there are proving as invaluable as any staff..." April 03

  • Twitter will again stream an MLB game for free each week

    Awful Announcing "For the second straight year, Twitter will stream one Major League Baseball game per week, available for free with a Twitter login. The games will reportedly stream on weekday afternoons, beginning Thursday with Rangers-Athletics at 3:35 p.m. ET. That matchup will be followed by Rays-White Sox..." April 03

  • MLB Players Ready for Fight to Stop 'Half the League' from Not Trying to Win

    Bleacher Report "Oatmeal nearly gone, bacon in hand and another meeting stuffed with pointed questions behind him, the Apple Watch wrapping Tony Clark's wrist beeped with a message: "Time to stand." The late-morning breakfast conversation here in a booth of the swanky hotel restaurant paused as the Major League..." April 03

  • Super-sized bullpens might help teams win, but they make baseball less exciting

    Sporting News "Commissioner Rob Manfred wants baseball to be appealing to younger people. He wants the game to be brisker for a generation raised on immediacy and social media. He’s gone on a crusade to address the sport’s pace of play. Even if the game is shorter, though, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s..." April 02

  • White Sox-Royals postponed due to cold and expected snow

    Chicago Tribune "With temperatures not expected to rise much above freezing and a chance of snow in the afternoon, Sunday’s White Sox-Royals game was postponed. The tentative make-up date is April 28. The White Sox, 2-0 after a comeback win over the Royals on Saturday night, now will travel to Toronto where..." April 01

  • Royals Outright Wily Peralta

    MLB Trade Rumors "Right-hander Wily Peralta cleared waivers and has been outrighted from the Royals’ 40-man roster, Jeffrey Flanagan of reports. He’ll head to Triple-A Omaha. As MLBTR’s Steve Adams noted earlier this week, Peralta was signed to a fully-guaranteed MLB deal. As such, the Royals will be on..." March 31