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ROYALS RUMORS & GOSSIP

James Shields to the Marlins: Still highly unlikely

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Via Fox Sports
57 minutes ago  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals rumors: Franklin Morales edition

Franklin Morales could help add depth to the Royals’ pitching staff this year (sportsofboston.com). Pitching depth is crucial at all levels of baseball, but even more so in the MLB. The Kansas City Royals know just how much that is true, after relying on the strongest bullpen in the league last year to help fight their way to their first World Series appearance in nearly 30 seasons...
Via isportsweb.com
11 hours ago  |  Discuss

James Shields and the Kansas City Royals Are a Pairing That Sill Makes Sense

The Kansas City Royals made a big splash in 2012 when they traded away top-rated prospect Wil Myers, Jake Odorizzi, Mike Montgomery and Patrick Leonard to the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for James Shields and Wade Davis. It revealed a desire to transition from rebuilding to contending in Kansas City. But Shields was always perceived as a bit of a “rental player.” The Royals would...
Via i70baseball
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Why is James Shields Still Without a Deal ?

James Shields is waiting by the phone hoping it will ring. Going into the MLB off season he was one of the biggest free agents out there ready to offer his services to the highest bidder. But something happened on the way to the bank and Shields is still waiting for the Brinks Truck to show up at his house. Jon Lester signed with the Cubs for 6 years at $155 million, Max Scherzer...
Via Baseball News Source
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals rumors: James Shields edition

After the finish of the 2014 regular season, Kansas City Royals pitcher James Shields entered the world of free agency. The Royals ace had been signed to a 4-year $11.25 million dollar contract that reached its end in 2015. Along with the Royals still considering re-signing the pitcher, there are multiple other teams in the hunt. Over the course of his brief run with Kansas City...
Via isportsweb.com
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Former Royals exec Taylor reflects on a lifetime in baseball

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- As Dean Taylor looks back at his 39-year career in baseball, there are two seasons he'll always look back on fondly. Taylor, who recently stepped down as the Royals' vice president of baseball operations and assistant to the general manager, always will remember the 1991 Atlanta Braves and the 2014 Royals. And, as Taylor sees it, it's because of the similarities...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Slow and slower: Pitch clocks would most affect Royals' Duffy, Volquez

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- With concerns building that major league games last too long, a pitch clock will be used at the Double-A and Triple-A levels this season. It's a pilot program, if you will, to see what might help speed the game along. Details have not been released, but it is believed the rules will be similar to what was used in the Arizona Fall League last fall. Pitchers there...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Can The Royals Keep The Good Times Rolling?

In their first two seasons as an expansion franchise, the Royals lost 93 and 97 games. They would not have two straight losing seasons again, never mind 90-loss seasons, until the 1995-96 seasons. Of course, that kicked off an epic stretch of losing; from 1995 through 2012, the Royals enjoyed one winning season and went 1,230-1,664, an average record of 68-92 (the strike-shortened...
Via Pine Tar Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals Rising Salaries Means Creativity Required

I know it's still January of 2015, but take a journey with me beyond the 2015 season and let's look at how the Kansas City Royals will be constructed moving forward. As you know, the payroll for 2015 is set to be a record for this franchise, topping $100 million for the first time and probably ranking in the top 20 in all of baseball. I don't have to tell you how odd that is for...
Via Pine Tar Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals' single-game tickets go on sale Feb. 27

Ready for some Royals baseball at Kauffman Stadium? Of course you are! Get your peanuts and Cracker Jacks ready. The Royals announced Tuesday that single-game tickets for the 2015 season will go on sale exclusively online at www.royals.com on Friday, Feb. 27 at 10 a.m. (CST).  The Royals will make every regular-season home game (excluding Opening Day) available during the online...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
3 days ago  |  Discuss

In the Spotlight with Ethan Chapman of the Kansas City Royals Organization

We tend to forget about the unsung heroes that are behind Major League Baseball teams. I’m talking about the rest of the organization that make the team that much stronger. I decided I wanted to pick the brains of organizations across the MLB. Ethan Chapman of the Kansas City Royals Organization was my first stop. Chapman is an outfielder for the Northwest Arkansas Naturals (the...
Via Sportsnaut
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals Rotation Has Tough Act to Follow

Let's take a trip back in time and think about the discussion surrounding the Kansas City Royals at this time last year. It was actually quite similar to what we're talking about this year, especially in regards to the starting rotation. At this time last year, everyone was worried that the rotation would take a step back because of the loss of Ervin Santana and because Bruce Chen...
Via Pine Tar Press
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals Top 20 Prospects 2015

The calendar has flipped and spring training is fast approaching once again, meaning it is time for the baseball world to go crazy over prospect rankings for the forthcoming season. Based primarily on stats and potential, below is our list of the Kansas City Royals’ top 20 prospects for 2015. 1. Raul Adalberto Mondesi SS: Mondesi is the consensus number 1 prospect in the Royals’...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals: Is re-signing Ned Yost the right move?

Kansas City Royals Manager Ned Yost has just recently re-signed his coaching contract through the 2016 MLB season. A large portion of the reason for Yost receiving this re-signing is because of his postseason success with the Royals this past year, where he won an AL title, something that Kansas City fans haven’t tasted in 29 long years. Yost originally joined the ball club in...
Via isportsweb.com
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals give manager Ned Yost extension through 2016 season

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The AL champion Royals and Ned Yost have agreed on a one-year contract extension that will keep the manager with the franchise through the 2016 season. Yost said after leading the Royals to an improbable pennant last season that he hoped to manage a few more years. His contract had been set to expire after the 2015 season. Yost became the Royals' manager in May...
Via AP on Fox
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals Extend Ned Yost

KANSAS CITY, MO (January 13, 2015) – The Kansas City Royals announced today that manager Ned Yost has agreed to a one-year extension, which runs through the 2016 season. Yost, who has been the Kansas City skipper since May 13, 2010, led the Royals to their first playoff appearance in 29 years and became the first manager in Major League history to win his first eight postseason...
Via i70baseball
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals Honor Three Players

KANSAS CITY, MO (January 12, 2015) – The Kansas City Royals announced their 2014 team award winners today, which were voted on by the Kansas City Chapter of the BWAA.  Outfielder Lorenzo Cain was named the Les Milgram Player of the Year, while relief pitcher Wade Davis garnered the Bruce Rice Pitcher of the Year award and starting pitcher Yordano Ventura earned the Joe Burke...
Via i70baseball
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Why the Royals Should Look to Trade Greg Holland

The Kansas City Royals proved last October how important having a good bullpen is. The team was able to virtually shorten games to six innings as a result of having Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis, and Greg Holland pitch the seventh, eighth and ninth innings, respectively. However, the Royals are a small market team and after picking up Wade Davis’ $7 million option for 2015, the team...
Via Baseball Essential
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #141: Alcides Escobar | SS | KC

It’s back-to-back-to-back Royals in our Top 200 Countdown! Coming in at 141 is Royals’ shortstop Alcides Escobar whose career, in terms of both raw stats and fan sentiment, I’ll sum up in one chart: Who the heck is Escobar! In 2012 we all began looking at Escobar as a potential draft day target in almost all fantasy formats. (And if you weren’t, you should have been.)...
Via Baseball Professor
12 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 Kansas City Royals

The Kansas City Royals’ 2014 Post Season run will be remembered as one of the greatest “Cinderella Stories” in baseball history.  The offense and defense really stepped it up in the American League playoffs.  But the reason the Royals made it to the post season is because of their strong, season long pitching.  In the weeks to come we will examine the Royals’ infield ...
Via Hot Stove MLB
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #142: Eric Hosmer | 1B | KC

As we enter the 2015 season, the Kansas City Royals no longer dwell in obscurity in the cellar of the American League Central. After a surprise World Series run, led by a couple of veterans and some young, promising players, the Royals have made a few moves in the offseason to keep them contending for years to come. Eric Hosmer appears to be a part of the core of the Royals’ success...
Via Baseball Professor
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #143: Lorenzo Cain | OF | KC

Scouting report after scouting report makes mention of how excellent Lorenzo Cain’s bat speed is. When he was just breaking into the league in 2010 as a 24-year-old outfielder, the 6’2 Cain was a speedy, defense-first player with raw tools and some projectable pop. Five years later, that pop hasn’t arrived. Cain has hit just 17 HR in his 1,369 career PA, or one homer every...
Via Baseball Professor
15 days ago  |  Discuss

A look at the Royals 2015 payroll and what it could mean for 2016

              January 4, 2015 Joe Hayles Royals As someone who has always wished that the Royals would open the checkbook and spend some money to sign the MLB talent they needed to be competitive, now that they are trying to do just that, I’m getting cold feet. While I like that our 2015 payroll is bumped up to around...
Via Royals Blue
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Store in Missouri selling Royals ‘2014 World Series Champions’ shirts (photo)

Even though the Kansas City Royals’ Cinderella story-like stomp through the postseason ended with a disappointing thud, losing to the San Francisco Giants in Game 7 of the World Series, that does not mean that fans of the team cannot at least pretend to bask in championship glory. According to a post on reddit (via...Read More The post Store in Missouri selling Royals ‘2014...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
December 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Are the Royals failing to capitalize on World Series run?

The Kansas City Royals are still basking in the afterglow of their magical run to the World Series and enjoying all the benefits that come with it. The extra prestige of proving themselves as a contender, the buy-in from ownership that the team is heading in the right direction and, of course, that big influx of cash that comes with an extended postseason run. All of these things...
Via The Outside Corner
December 16, 2014  |  Discuss
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