Royals Rumors & News

  • Royals trade Herrera to Nats for 3 prospects "The Royals continued their quest to restock the farm system as they traded closer Kelvin Herrera to the Nationals prior to Monday night's game against the Rangers. In exchange, the Royals acquired three Minor Leaguers: infielder Kelvin Gutierrez, who was ranked as..." June 19

  • Royals Place Jorge Soler On 10-Day DL, Promote Adalberto Mondesi, Select Wily Peralta’s Contract

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Royals announced a flurry of roster moves (Twitter links) this morning, including outfielder Jorge Soler’s official placement on the 10-day DL with a left toe fracture.  Left-hander Eric Skoglund was transferred to the 60-day DL, while infielder Ramon Torres and right-hander..." June 17

  • Moustakas offense has likely lowered trade value

    Yardbarker "Although Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas is an obvious trade candidate, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports hears (video link) that he’s unlikely to bring back much in a deal at his current pace. As Rosenthal points out, Moustakas’ offensive output has faded as the season has..." June 17

  • Yost: Soler out 'a while' with broken foot bone

    The Score "Jorge Soler's breakout campaign hit a snag Friday when the Kansas City Royals right fielder tripped on his way out of the batter's box in the sixth inning at Kauffman Stadium and fractured the first metatarsal in his left foot. According to Royals manager Ned Yost, Soler is..." June 16

  • Royals Select Brandon Maurer

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Royals have selected the contract of righty Brandon Maurer, per a club announcement. He’ll take the place of fellow reliever Jason Adam, who was optioned to Triple-A. Maurer opened the year in the majors but was dropped from the 40-man after a brutal start to the..." June 15

  • Jorge Soler Diagnosed With Fracture In Foot

    MLB Trade Rumors "Royals outfielder Jorge Soler has been diagnosed with a fracture of the first metatarsal of his left foot, Rustin Dodd of The Athletic is among those to report on Twitter. He evidently suffered the injury while running after putting a ball in play tonight. " June 15

  • Major League Baseball attendance continues to fall

    Hardball Talk "The owners meetings wrapped up today and, while there wasn’t much in the way of actual decisions and high-level news to speak of, Eric Fisher of Sports Business Journal saysthat, according to Rob Manfred, attendance is down 7% this year compared to last year. While..." June 15

  • MLB Rumors: League Concerned Home Run Derby Won’t Be ‘Star-Studded’

    NESN "The Home Run Derby is just over a month away and Major League Baseball fans already know a few players who won’t be participating. Boston Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts voiced a strong “hell no” when asked if he had any interest in the event, while J.D...." June 15

  • Royals GM won't trade fan favorite Moustakas 'just to do a deal'

    The Score "The Kansas City Royals seem like prime candidate to rebuild while floundering in last place in baseball's worst division, but general manager Dayton Moore won't commit to trading away longtime third baseman and fan favorite Mike Moustakas. "We're not..." June 14

  • Another problem with these baseballs? Evidently some are warped

    WEEI Boston "Baseballs have been a huge topic of late. The actual piece of equipment used by Major League Baseball has come under intense scrutiny since the rise in home runs over the past two years. MLB implemented its own independent investigation, finding a change in aerodynamic..." June 13

  • Arizona Diamondbacks acquire outfielder Jon Jay from Royals

    Arizona Sports "The Arizona Diamondbacks have acquired outfielder Jon Jay from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for two minor-league pitchers. “We felt like where we are in the division right now, how the division is shaking out with almost all five teams sitting right on top of each other,..." June 07

  • Tigers draft picks Mize, Clemens lead Golden Spikes Award finalists

    The Score "Two of the newest members of the Detroit Tigers organization have been nominated for one of the most prestigious awards in amateur baseball. Auburn right-hander Casey Mize, who was drafted first overall by Detroit on Monday, and Texas infielder Kody Clemens, the team's third-round..." June 06

  • MLB Buys Rawlings From Newell Brands for $395 Million

    Wall Street Journal "Rawlings, a more than century-old company that produces the official ball and helmet of Major League Baseball, will be changing hands in a $395 million deal that adds the professional league as a key investor. Under the terms of the deal announced Tuesday, consumer-goods..." June 06

  • Woman allegedly wanders around Kauffman Stadium for a day, sets small fires

    Kansas City Star "Police arrested a woman Wednesday morning after she allegedly wandered around Kauffman Stadium for nearly a day and set several small fires. Police arrested Bridget L. DePriest, 36, on the southeast side of the stadium and took her to the East Patrol station, where she was booked and..." June 06

  • Joe Torre goes to Albany to help MLB get a cut of New York gambling revenue

    Hardball Talk "We’ve been following baseball’s efforts to get a cut of what is soon to be legalized sports gambling proceeds in most states around the country. Major League Baseball has been characterizing that cut as an “integrity fee,” which it says it needs in order to keep the..." June 04

  • Royals Claim Rosell Herrera

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Royals have claimed utilityman Rosell Herrera off waivers from the Reds, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports on Twitter. Herrera was designated for assignment yesterday in order to make room for catcher Curt Casali on the Reds’ roster. In a corresponding move, righty Nate..." June 02

  • How 'hybrid' pitchers prepare for dual roles in rotation and bullpen

    Sporting News "Mike Minor used to get up in the bullpen and start stretching as early as the third inning last year. His bullpen-mates would give him some lighthearted heckling for it, but Minor was in unfamiliar territory. Minor spent four years as a starter in Atlanta, from 2010 to 2014. Injuries..." June 01

  • Rob Manfred talks pace of play, expansion, gambling, realignment and a reduced schedule

    Hardball Talk "Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic sat down for an exclusive interview with Commissioner Rob Manfred. They talked on most of the hot-button issues of the day. As it’s an Athletic story it is behind a paywall, but as we’ve noted around here many times lately, there’s a lot of good..." May 30

  • Alex Gordon: Mike Moustakas ‘got screwed’ in free agency

    Larry Brown Sports "It’s safe to say the free agency process left a lot of players bitter, even those who weren’t directly involved. Kansas City Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas got a particularly raw deal, coming off a 38-homer season only to settle for a one-year, $6.5 million deal with..." May 28

  • MLB criticized for lack of transparency regarding military-themed uniforms

    New York Daily News "The backlash last May was quick and harsh. Players, fans, veterans and Gold Star families saw the advertising for baseball's special Memorial Day military-themed uniforms and called the league out for looking like it was trying to cash in on a day set aside to honor those who had died for..." May 28

  • 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