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  • Virtually nobody at PNC Park for Royals-Pirates game

    Sportsnaut "Those attending Monday’s game between the Kansas City Royals and Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park will have plenty of room to stretch out. As the game was starting, the outfield seats were almost completely devoid of people. " September 17

  • MLB Must End Teams Purposely Keeping Out Baseball's Biggest Phenoms

    Bleacher Report "One of Major League Baseball's latest controversies calls to mind a bit from the 2009 Star Trek, in which Dr. McCoy offers words of wisdom to Mr. Spock. "You know, back home we have a saying: 'If you're gonna ride in the Kentucky Derby, you don't leave your..." September 14

  • Royals Request Release Waivers On Eric Stout

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Royals announced Monday that they’ve requested unconditional release waivers on left-handed reliever Eric Stout. The 25-year-old was designated for assignment last week when Kansas City claimed Ben Lively off outright waivers from the Phillies. Stout had a..." September 10

  • MLB, MLBPA announce Japan All-Star Series participants

    Hardball Talk "For over 100 years, off and on — more off than on, actually — major leaguers have traveled to Japan for all-star barnstorming series of one form or another. The tradition will continue this November and this morning MLB and the MLBPA announced many of the participants in the series,..." September 10

  • Danny Duffy Expected To Be Shut Down For Remainder Of Season

    Kansas City Star "Less than two weeks after coming off the disabled list, Royals left-hander Danny Duffy departed his start in the first inning Tuesday night because of the same ailment: a left shoulder impingement. Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor led off the home half of the first inning Tuesday..." September 05

  • 10 MLB managers who may not return for 2019

    Larry Brown Sports "As the playoff race heads to the final stretdch, teams on the other end of things are facing other concerns. A number of managers must be feeling their seats getting warmer, be it because their contracts are coming to an end with no guarantee of renewal or because their struggling teams have..." September 03

  • Jorge Soler unlikely to return in 2018

    Hardball Talk "Royals outfielder Jorge Soler isn’t guaranteed to return to the field this season, manager Ned Yost told reporters Sunday. Soler had been working his way back from a lengthy stint on the disabled list after he fractured his left toe in mid-June, but experienced an unanticipated setback in..." September 02

  • Rockies Acquire Drew Butera

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rockies announced Friday that they’ve acquired veteran catcher Drew Buteraand cash from the Royals in exchange for minor league left-hander Jerry Vasto. Butera, 35, has been the primary backup to Kansas City mainstay Salvador Perez for the past three..." August 31

  • Backlash rightfully growing over service time manipulation by MLB teams

    CBS Sports "The subject of service time manipulation is one we've been talking about for years. The biggest case in recent memory was Kris Bryant with the Cubs in 2015. Remember? Bryant was sent to Triple-A Iowa to start the 2015 season, despite all the evidence in the..." August 30

  • Braves acquire Lucas Duda from Royals

    CBS Sports "Duda was traded from the Royals to the Braves in exchange for cash, Jeffrey Flanagan of reports. Duda slashed .242/.311/.415 with 13 homers across 86 games with the Royals prior to be traded. " August 29

  • After long winter, slow starts, MLB's frozen-out free agents still mad: 'It was ridiculous'

    USA Today "Alex Cobb and Lance Lynn are well-paid Major League Baseball players, a group that prides itself on accountability and generally loathes excuse-making. Yet the two right-handed starting pitchers also are unwilling members of a fraternity formed last winter, when baseball’s free..." August 28

  • MLB power shift has managers' salaries in free fall

    USA Today "Joe Maddon helped lead the Chicago Cubs to the Holy Grail of sports, with a consistent level of success they haven’t seen in a century, but there are whispers his job could be in jeopardy if they don’t play deep into October.  Houston..." August 27

  • Jesse Hahn Undergoes UCL Surgery

    MLB Trade Rumors "Royals righty Jesse Hahn underwent surgery on the ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow, as Rustin Dodd of The Athletic was among those to report on Twitter. Hahn is expected to require approximately six months of rehabilitation, indicating that he may or may not be..." August 24

  • Why Mookie Betts deserves the AL MVP amidst a crowded field packed with deserving

    CBS Sports "We here at CBS Sports have spent the week analyzing all of baseball's award races. Today, we'll conclude our series by dissecting the American League Most Valuable Player Award. As you probably know, there a a lot of capable candidates. Let's get to it. Mookie..." August 17

  • Royals Acquire International Bonus Pool Space From Rangers

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Royals announced on Thursday that they’ve traded minor league right-hander Kelvin Gonzalez to the Rangers in exchange for international bonus pool allotments. The 20-year-old Gonzalez — not to be confused with third baseman Kelvin Gutierrez, who was acquired from the..." August 16

  • Royals Release Blaine Boyer, Promote Jorge Lopez

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Royals have placed right-handed reliever Blaine Boyer on release waivers, per a club announcement. Boyer’s release will clear a spot on the roster for the promotion of right-hander Jorge Lopez. Technically, Boyer’s release won’t be official until he clears..." August 15

  • Luke Hochevar retires

    Hardball Talk "Pitcher Luke Hochevar has retired from baseball,’s Jeffrey Flanagan reports. The 34-year-old right-hander underwent surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome two years ago but is still unable to pitch without pain. Hochevar said it was evident last year he would not be..." August 14

  • Royals' Danny Duffy: Heads to DL

    CBS Sports "Duffy (shoulder) was placed on the 10-day disabled list Monday, Jeffrey Flanagan of reports. Duffy has been dealing with shoulder tendinitis for the past few weeks, so the 35-win Royals decided to play it safe with their ace and send him to the shelf. " August 13

  • Royals pitcher Danny Duffy gets injection in shoulder but hopes to finish season

    Kansas City Star "Royals starting pitcher Danny Duffy received an anti-inflammatory shot in his throwing shoulder after he allowed six runs on eight hits in 5 1/3 innings in Saturday night’s loss to the Cardinals. Duffy has played through stiffness in his shoulder for weeks. He..." August 13

  • Royals GM 'embarrassed' by team's record: I didn't expect this

    The Score "The Kansas City Royals are in the midst of a disastrous 2018 season, and general manager Dayton Moore has seen enough. Moore built the Royals' 2015 World Series championship team, but the 2018 edition has fallen on hard times and is now on pace to finish with a franchise-record..." July 30

  • Royals' Jakob Junis addresses 'crazy' tweets from Yankees fans after injuring Aaron Judge

    USA Today "Kansas City Royals pitcher Jakob Junis received an onslaught of threats and hateful rhetoric over social media shortly after he unintentionally hit Yankees superstar Aaron Judge in the right arm early in the Yankees' 7-2 win on Thursday. Junis' 93 mph..." July 29

  • GM Dayton Moore says Royals will not trade Whit Merrifield

    Yardbarker "Whit Merrifield’s name has been bandied about the rumor circuit dating back to the offseason, when it became clear that the Royals were embarking on a rebuilding course. General manager Dayton Moore made clear today, however, that one of his more appealing potential trade chips will be..." July 28

  • Royals send slugger Mike Moustakas to Brewers

    ESPN "The Kansas City Royals have traded former All-Star slugger Mike Moustakas to the Milwaukee Brewers for minor league outfielder Brett Phillips and minor league pitcher Jorge Lopez. A key member of the Royals' 2015 World Series championship team, he became a free agent after last..." July 28

  • Braves' interest in Moustakas 'minimal at best'

    Yardbarker "“The Braves’ interest in Mike Moustakas is minimal at best,”’s Jerry Crasnick writes in a tweet, following up on an earlier report which stated that Atlanta was looking at the Royals third baseman.  Moustakas and the Braves have been linked in rumors even..." July 26

  • Braves interested in Mike Moustakas

    Sportsnaut "As the Atlanta Braves look to improve their team for the stretch run, one player they’re reportedly interested in is Kansas City Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas. The fit is decent. Johan Camargo, who’s been Atlanta’s primary third baseman on the season, is..." July 25

  • Royals Have Lofty Asking Price For Whit Merrifield

    Real GM Baseball "The Kansas City Royals are willing to trade Whit Merrifield, but the asking price won't be cheap. The Milwaukee Brewers are exploring ways to improve their offense after missing out on Manny Machado. " July 23

  • Royals Acquire Brian Goodwin

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Royals have acquired outfielder Brian Goodwin from the Nationals for minor league reliever Jacob Condra-Bogan, Washington announced. " July 22

  • Royals Designate Enny Romero

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Royals have designated lefty reliever Enny Romero for assignment, Maria Torres of the Kansas City Star reports. The move was made in order to recall right-handed starter Jakob Junis for tonight’s game. As Torres notes in her above tweet, the Royals are the third team that..." July 21

  • Rob Manfred Wants MLB Expansion, Lists Six Potential Cities

    Deadspin "Commissioner Rob Manfred’s all-star break wasn’t only spent sandbagging his sport’s best player. He also took some time to throw his support behind expanding MLB to two more cities. “I hope I’m around long enough to see us expand,” Manfred told..." July 19

  • 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 "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 "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 "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 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