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  • Royals Designate Abraham Almonte For Assignment

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Royals announced on Monday that they’ve designated outfielder Abraham Almonte for assignment. His roster spot will go to infielder/outfielder Rosell Herrera, who has been reinstated from the paternity list. Almonte, 29, was claimed off waivers by the Royals..." July 16

  • Red Sox reportedly interested in trading for Royals 3B Mike Moustakas

    WEEI Boston "It seems the Red Sox have been connected to Mike Moustakas for the last several years and as the trade deadline approaches, here we go again. According to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick, the Red Sox and Braves are both interested in the Royals third baseman via trade. The report also..." July 16

  • Sizing up the sluggers and betting odds for the 2018 MLB Home Run Derby

    Covers.com "Major League Baseball's annual slugfest goes Monday night at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. If you're one of those people that simply can't take a night off from betting sports - and the WNBA doesn't appeal to you (wait...there are no WNBA games Monday either?!?! Jeez.) -..." July 15

  • MLB, KBO Reportedly Agree To New Posting System

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball and the Korea Baseball Organization have agreed to a revised version of the posting system that allows players who are not yet free-agent eligible to move from the KBO to MLB, according to a report from South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency. The new agreement runs..." July 13

  • Royals Place Ian Kennedy On 10-Day DL

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Royals announced this morning that righty Ian Kennedy is heading back to the 10-day disabled list. He had only just been activated to pitch yesterday, but left his outing after three frames. The team indicates that a left oblique strain is again to blame for the..." July 11

  • Whit Merrifield Says He Hopes For Long-Term Deal With Royals

    MLB Trade Rumors "Royals utilityman extraordinaire Whit Merrifield has been a bright spot on a struggling roster, playing his way into trade consideration. If he has his way, though, he’ll remain with the Kansas City organization on a long-term deal, Rustin Dodd of The Athletic reports..." July 10

  • Royals Release Justin Grimm

    MLB Trade Rumors " The Royals announced that Grimm has cleared release waivers and is now a free agent. He can sign with any club for only the pro-rated portion of the league minimum for any time spent in the minors, with the Royals on the hook for the remainder of his $1.25MM base..." July 09

  • Royals become first MLB club to sign Japanese high school player

    MLB.com "The Kansas City Royals today announced the signing of Japanese 16-year old pitcher Kaito Yuki. The Osaka, Japan, native just completed his junior high season in May and chose to sign a professional contract with the Royals over attending high school. Yuki, is a 6-2, 170 lb. right-handed pitcher..." July 09

  • Royals Place Jakob Junis On DL, Select Glenn Sparkman

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Royals have placed right-hander Jakob Junis on the 10-day disabled list with low back inflammation, per Maria Torres of the Kansas City Star. Additonally, the club selected the contract of righty Glenn Sparkman from Triple-A Omaha, giving Kansas City a full 40-man roster. Junis..." July 08

  • Ned Yost moves Jason Hammel to bullpen

    Hardball Talk "Rustin Dodd of The Athletic reports that Royals manager Ned Yost has decided to move struggling starter Jason Hammel to the bullpen. Burch Smith will start in Hammel’s place against the Twins on Wednesday. Hammel, 35, is 2-11 with a 6.16 ERA and a 66/31 K/BB ratio in 102 1/3..." July 08

  • Royals end Alcides Escobar's consecutive games streak at 421

    ESPN "Shortstop Alcides Escobar isn't in the Kansas City Royals' lineup Sunday and will end his consecutive games played streak at 421, which was the longest active streak in the majors. It's the first game he will miss since Sept. 25, 2015, when Royals manager Ned Yost rested..." July 08

  • Royals Request Release Waivers On Justin Grimm

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Royals have requested unconditional release waivers on right-hander Justin Grimm, as Maria Torres of the Kansas City Star and other media members have reported. " July 07

  • Phillies, Brewers Suitors for Royals Whit Merrifield

    Bleacher Report "As the July 31 MLB non-waiver trade deadline approaches, the Kansas City Royals will explore all of their options as sellers as they look to build for the future. MLB Network's Jon Morosi reported Saturday that Kansas City second baseman Whit Merrifield has drawn..." July 07

  • MLB Rumors: Yankees in on Royals' Mike Moustakas, but with a twist

    Newark Star-Ledger "The Yankees open their three-game series with the Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre in Toronto on Friday one game behind the Boston Red Sox in the American League East. General manager Brian Cashman is expected to be busy before the July 31st..." July 06

  • Royals Claim Enny Romero

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Royals announced that they’ve claimed left-hander Enny Romero off waivers from the Pirates. Right-hander Blaine Boyer was transferred from the 10-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list in order to open a spot on the 40-man roster for Romero. " July 05

  • Mariners and Royals celebrate 20-year anniversary of 'Turn Ahead the Clock' night

    CBS Sports "On Saturday night, the Seattle Mariners celebrated the 20-year anniversary of "Turn Ahead the Clock Night" -- a league-wide promotion that saw teams don different, often ridiculous uniforms. The enduring image of the M's "Turn Ahead the Clock" night uniforms is..." July 01

  • Phillies, Royals discussing Mike Moustakas

    Hardball Talk "Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports that the Phillies and Royals have discussed a potential deal for third baseman Mike Moustakas. Although the two sides don’t appear to be closing in on anything definite yet, Salisbury points out that the Royals have sent scouts to evaluate..." June 30

  • Cards have renewed interest in Moustakas

    MLB.com "Among a crowded throng of contenders in the National League, the Cardinals are reportedly interested in bolstering their lineup ahead of the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline -- and potentially with a bat they were prominently linked to last offseason.  In a story for The..." June 29

  • Royals Designate Ryan Goins For Assignment

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Royals have designated infielder Ryan Goins for assignment in order to open a spot on the roster for Jorge Bonifacio, who has completed serving his 80-game PED suspension, the team told reporters Thursday (Twitter link via the Kansas City Star’s Maria Torres)...." June 28

  • Report: MLB working on relaxing shoe restrictions

    Larry Brown Sports "MLB is working on a more relaxed shoe policy after encountering criticism the past few years. Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan reports that MLB and the MLBPA are working on changing the league’s footwear policy to allow players the ability to wear cleats with more..." June 28

  • Royals To Reinstate Jorge Bonifacio

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Royals will reinstate outfielder Jorge Bonifacio from the restricted list tomorrow, tweets Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com. He’d been serving an 80-game PED suspension and will need to be added back to the 40-man and 25-man roster once activated. The corresponding move, according to..." June 27

  • Woman charged following bizarre crime in Royals pitcher’s home

    Larry Brown Sports "Kansas City Royals pitcher Danny Duffy recently had his home broken into, and fortunately there were no injuries or major losses as a result of the incident. Duffy was, however, left with a story he will likely tell for the rest of his life. According to a report from KCTV in Kansas..." June 26

  • Royals explore signing Luke Heimlich, who was convicted of child molestation

    Kansas City Star "Amid a distressing makeover by the Royals, the franchise faces numerous complicated decisions. But one looming consideration has more perilous and broad implications than about any other. The Royals are exploring the possibility of trying to sign Luke Heimlich, the Oregon State..." June 24

  • Royals Activate Lucas Duda

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Royals have activated first baseman Lucas Duda from the disabled list and optioned outfielder Paulo Orlando to Triple-A, tweets Rustin Dodd of The Athletic. Duda had been sidelined since May 14th due to plantar fasciitis. Although manager Ned Yost had initially given reporters a..." June 23

  • The strikeout epidemic ailing Major League Baseball is showing no signs of slowing down

    New York Daily News "From his office high above 245 Park Ave. in Manhattan, the commissioner of baseball, Rob Manfred, can feel and hear it: Whiffff! It is the sound of his players striking out in record numbers, sucking the action out of his game to the point where it too often feels like a funeral for..." June 22

  • Report: MLB bans transactions with Mexican League over ‘corruption’

    Larry Brown Sports "Major League Baseball has reportedly banned teams from signing any players who are affiliated with the Mexican League due to questions and concerns over how contracts have been negotiated. In a letter sent to teams on Tuesday that was obtained by Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, MLB..." June 22

  • Omaha to Host Tigers vs. Royals Ahead of 2019 College World Series

    Bleacher Report "Major League Baseball will have a small role in the 2019 College World Series. Per the Associated Press, the Detroit Tigers and Kansas City Royals will play a regular-season game at Omaha, Nebraska's TD Ameritrade Park as part of the kickoff week for next year's College..." June 21

  • Royals trade Herrera to Nats for 3 prospects

    MLB.com "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

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