ROYALS RUMORS & GOSSIP

It’s Never Too Early to Discuss the Draft, Brendon Little Edition

As I further look into draft prospects for the Royals, I must remind you that this front office hasn’t been scared of employing strategies in an attempt to garner further talent in the later rounds behind their first selection. While many remember the 2013 draft when KC chose Hunter Dozier with Sean Manaea on their minds for pick two, this wasn’t the first time the Royals had...
Via BP Kansas City
13 minutes ago

KC Royals: Will Memory Of Yordano Ventura Inspire 2017 Team?

Both the KC Royals and Texas Rangers honored pitcher Yordano Ventura’s memory before the teams’ spring opener on Saturday. Can Ventura’s passing help focus the Royals on a last title run before looming free-agency breaks up the core? The Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers joint spring home at Surprise, Arizona will now feature a […] KC Royals: Will Memory Of Yordano Ventura...
Via Kings of Kauffman
11 hours ago

Royals Report: KC Rally Falls Short In 6-4 Loss To Texas

The Royals dropped their first game in spring training, suffering a 6-4 loss at Surprise, Arizona on Sunday afternoon. Kansas City Royals prospect Chase Vallot slammed a ninth inning triple to plate two runs, followed by an RBI double from Billy Burns to pull within two. But, first baseman Samir Duenz ground out to end […] Royals Report: KC Rally Falls Short In 6-4 Loss To Texas...
Via Kings of Kauffman
12 hours ago

Zimmer focused on mechanics, not results

You could say that right-hander Kyle Zimmer, the Royals' first-round pick in the 2012 Draft, wasn't all that wrapped up in his results on Sunday after his first spring start.
Via Royals.com
13 hours ago

Royals Report: Peter O’Brien Blast Lifts KC To 7-5 Win

The Royals opened their spring schedule on Saturday with a 7-5 win over the Texas Rangers when 1B/0F Peter O’Brien slammed a two-run home run in the eighth inning. Kansas City Royals baseball is back! Spring arrived on Saturday afternoon in Surprise, Arizona with the KC Royals playing their first spring game against the Rangers. […] Royals Report: Peter O’Brien Blast Lifts...
Via Kings of Kauffman
18 hours ago

Powerful O'Brien looking to stick with Royals

There are two things that will raise eyebrows if you're around Peter O'Brien on a baseball field. First, O'Brien can hit a baseball about as far as anyone in the game.
Via Royals.com
18 hours ago

Royals Still In Need For Pitching

The Royals failed to make the postseason in 2016 after appearing in the World Series the two previous seasons. A large number of their core players will be up for free agency after the 2017 season. This means that the Royals' championship window is likely closing and they need to look at 2017 aggressively if they want to make another run. One of the Royals' top needs in the offseason...
Via Royals Blue
2 days ago

Dyson's departure could give Royals' Billy Burns more playing time

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Billy Burns keeps getting assigned to team mascot duty. When the Oakland Athletics first called up the outfielder in September 2014, he had to travel with a goldfish as part of his rookie hazing. "I took it to all the clubhouses," Burns said. "It was tougher to carry, that's for sure." The goldfish's finale was in Kansas City, where Oakland wasted a four-run, eighth...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals Have Good Options In Second Base Battle

It’s a good spot to be in. The Royals don’t have many questions about the starting lineup as spring training begins. The rotation is more or less set. The key bullpen roles are penciled in. But second base is definitely a battle to be resolved over the next five weeks or so. While there are four candidates for the spot, I think a couple can be dismissed pretty quickly, unless...
Via BP Kansas City
2 days ago

Friday Notes

The Royals will play a baseball game tomorrow. This is not a drill. No, the game doesn’t mean anything and we’ll likely get relatively bored of spring training games in fairly short order, but that doesn’t change the fact that a baseball game will be played tomorrow between the Royals and another team. That’s darn exciting. There is some intrigue in the spring this season...
Via BP Kansas City
3 days ago

Royals' Soria ready to put '16 behind him, rebound in '17

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Joakim Soria shouldn't have any issue with confidence, not with 202 career saves. Yet when he returned to Kansas City last season, given a three-year, $25 million deal to serve as the primary setup man for closer Wade Davis, his confidence appeared to be precisely the problem. He converted one save in eight chances. Only two relievers, Nate Jones of the White Sox...
Via Associated Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Eric Hosmer is an Historical Anomaly

Over the weekend, Ken Rosenthal wrote that the Royals were not going to simply accept Eric Hosmer‘s departure through free agency as inevitable, and were going to attempt to sign him to a long-term extension before he hit the open market. Because Hosmer is represented by Scott Boras, we were treated to the hyperbole of the first baseman as a “franchise player” and the speculation...
Via Fangraphs
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Yost: Royals coping with Ventura's death 'as a group' at spring training

PHOENIX -- Nearly a month after losing prized pitcher Yordano Ventura in a car accident, manager Ned Yost has thought about so much through all the pain and grief: What could the Kansas City Royals have possibly done to better support him? Yost and general manager Dayton Moore have spent hours discussing the loss of Ventura, and Moore had even offered Ventura the option to stay with...
Via Associated Press
5 days ago  |  Discuss

How to Rationalize an Eric Hosmer Mega-Contract

In the middle of last July, rumors started to spread that, come free agency, Eric Hosmer could seek a 10-year deal. Then, in the second half of the season, Hosmer batted .225, with a 76 wRC+. Now, in a new article from Ken Rosenthal, it’s expressed the Royals believe Eric Hosmer could seek a 10-year deal. Hosmer is represented by Scott Boras, and you can see here how Boras effortlessly...
Via Fangraphs
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Padres sign former All-Star Jered Weaver

It was reported earlier this month that the San Diego Padres were interested in adding a veteran pitcher to their rotation. Jered Weaver was included in that report, as was fellow veteran Travis Wood.Once Wood agreed to sign with the Kansas City Royals, it became increasingly evident that Weaver — a Southern California guy — would sign with the San Diego Padres.That apparently...
Via Sportsnaut
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals pitcher out eight weeks after falling through barn roof

Pitchers and catchers are reporting all across Arizona and Florida this week, and we’ve already got a contender for “most ridiculous baseball injury of the year.”The honor goes to Kansas City Royals pitcher Brian Flynn, who broke a rib this offseason.He broke that rib after falling through the roof of his barn. Yep – he fell through a barn roof and broke a rib. At least his...
Via The Comeback
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals to wear ‘Ace 30’ patch in memory of Yordano Ventura

The Kansas City Royals will wear an “Ace 30” memorial patch during spring training in honor of the late Yordano Ventura.ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick tweeted out an image of the patch, which bears a tribute to Ventura’s nickname, “Ace” (in reference to the Jim Carrey “Ace Ventura” character) and his jersey number. Ventura was killed in a car accident in his native Dominican...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Hammel left Cubs because of frustration with Maddon

Jason Hammel left the Chicago Cubs to sign with the Kansas City Royals this offseason, and it apparently wasn’t a completely amiable departure.According to Jesse Rogers of ESPN on Saturday, frustration with Cubs manager Joe Maddon factored into Hammel’s decision to leave Chicago.From Rogers’ report:It became obvious — and at times public – that Hammel and his manager didn’t...
Via Larry Brown Sports
15 days ago  |  Discuss

The Royals Could’ve Done Better Than Brandon Moss

Sometimes all you can do is make a move and hope for the best. Other times when money is tight, all you can do is wait. And wait some more. And wait just a little while longer until that move presents itself. Sunday afternoon, the Kansas City Royals were firmly positioned in both camps. Money was tight just as it had been all offseason, so they waited. And they kept waiting—right...
Via The Sports Post
26 days ago  |  Discuss

The Royals Just Barely Resemble the Royals

Word came out over the weekend that the Royals have signed Brandon Moss to a two-year contract, pending a physical. There’s nothing too strange about it, and Moss should have little trouble finding himself regular plate appearances. He won’t cost the Royals too much, and he will bring a power bat. You can think of him as being pretty similar, overall, to Chris Carter. Decent...
Via Fangraphs
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Royals close to signing Brandon Moss

The Kansas City Royals are apparently close to adding more pop to their lineup. According to ESPN’s Jim Bowden, the team is close to signing veteran Brandon Moss. Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan is reporting that the deal is worth $12 million over two seasons.Moss, 33, hit .225 with 28 homers and 68 RBI for the St Louis Cardinals last season. While he boasts an incredibly high strikeout...
Via Sportsnaut
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals pitcher Danny Duffy is buying up Yordano Ventura memorabilia

The untimely and tragic death of Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura last week sent shockwaves through the baseball world and beyond. At just 25 years old, the sport had lost yet another one of its budding stars well before his time.Ventura was a beloved member of the Kansas City Royals, adored by fans and teammates. Following the news of his death, fans flocked to the Royals home field...
Via The Comeback
29 days ago  |  Discuss
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