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Royals sign veteran outfielder Rios to $11 million, 1-year deal

  The Kansas City Royals announced the signing of veteran outfielder Alex Rios to an $11 million, one-year deal Friday that includes a mutual option for the 2016 season. Rios, who will take over right field for departed free agent Nori Aoki, will make $9.5 million this season. The deal includes $12.5 million the following year with a $1.5 million buyout. The 33-year-old Rios should...
Via AP on Fox
13 hours ago  |  Discuss

Royals sign Rios to $11 million, 1-year deal

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Kansas City Royals announced the signing of veteran outfielder Alex Rios to an $11 million, one-year deal Friday that includes a mutual option for the 2016 season. Rios, who will take over right field for departed free agent Nori Aoki, will make $9.5 million this season. The deal includes $12.5 million the following year with a $1.5 million buyout. The...
Via AP on Fox
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Royals throw $11 million dollars in the toilet by signing Alex Rios

The Kansas City Royals have signed Alex Rios to an $11 million deal. While this deal rivals the Braves giving Nick Markakis $44 million over four seasons it is at-least not that bad because Rios will be earning just 25% of what Markakis will. I have often shyed away from saying that players are a waste of money but that is exactly how I feel about both Markakis and Rios. Rios, soon...
Via Tireball.com
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Royals Injury Update: New signing Kris Medlen not expected until second half

The Kansas City Royals head into this winter after a very successful 2014 season that left them just short of their first World Series championship since 1985.  In attempts to push them over the hump, the Royals have signed right-handed pitcher Kris Medlen, who is coming off Tommy John surgery. The benefits of the signing will not be immediate, though, as Medlen is not expected...
Via Sports Injury Alert
1 day ago  |  Discuss

A Blue Christmas

  It is almost Christmas in America's Heartland, and snow is officially on the ground.  Yet the topic of a majority of people's conversations is not about the Chief's up-coming game with the Pittsburg Steelers which has serious playoff implications.  It is not about College Bowl games or the new playoff series.  It is not even really about college basketball.  Rather the...
Via Royals Blue
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Friday Notes

Do you remember a couple weeks ago when people were lamenting the lack of moves made by the Kansas City Royals this off-season? That seems like ages ago. Pushing aside the Jason Frasor and Luke Hochevar transactions were a flurry of moves that appear to have the Royals roster pretty well set for the 2015 season. Signing Kendrys Morales, Alex Rios, Edinson Volquez and now Kris Medlen...
Via Pine Tar Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Once a rising star, Medlen gets another chance at stardom with Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Royals general manager Dayton Moore looked like a happy man Thursday. Moore had just introduced his latest signing, right-hander Kris Medlen, and this was anything but your typical splashy, big-monied, Hot Stove free-agent signing. This was a signing that pumped the scout's blood in Moore -- a risky-but-potentially-high-reward acquisition that energizes true baseball...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Royals get Edinson Volquez, and you get my Thoughts!

Last night the Kansas City Royals announced the signing of right handed pitcher Edinson Volquez to a 2 year $20 million deal.  Volquez will turn 32 this Summer and has been pitching in the big leagues since 2005.  Over that time he has posted a career 4.44, with a 1.454 WHIP and k/bb ratio of 1.8 .  In his career he has never gotten to the magical 200 inning mark GMDM said...
Via Royals Blue
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals Agree with Edinson Volquez on Two-Year Deal

The Kansas City Royals have agreed to terms with free agent pitcher Edinson Volquez on a two-year deal worth $20 million reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Volquez spent last season with the Pittsburgh Pirates who picked him up on a one-year deal after he spent 2013 with the San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers. The 31 year-old Volquez has just one season of more than ...
Via Baseball News Source
2 days ago  |  Discuss

The Royals Spending Poorly Wisely

The main good thing about reaching the World Series is that it means you won your league. When you win your league, people like you a lot, and it’s a good feeling. Builds community. Another, bigger-picture good thing about reaching the World Series is that it brings in revenue, especially if you haven’t been real […]
Via Fangraphs
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals agree to two-year, $20M deal with right-hander Volquez

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A source close to the situation confirmed that the Royals on Wednesday agreed to a two-year deal worth $20 million with right-hander Edinson Volquez. CBSSports.com first reported the agreement. Volquez will be in Kansas City later this week for a physical. Volquez, 31, was 13-7 with a 3.04 ERA last season for the Pirates. He logged 192 2/3 innings, by far his...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals have not made much of a splash in free agency

With the Winter Meetings over and the offseason at the midway point, here is a look at how the Indians rivals in the AL Central have fared: KANSAS CITY ROYALS Last season: 89-73, second. Beat Oakland in AL Wild Card game, swept Los Angeles Angels in three games in AL Division Series, swept Baltimore in four games in AL Championship Series, lost to San Francisco in seven games in...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals haven't made a flurry of moves because, says Moore, they don't have to

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- As the rest of the American League Central teams pummeled the transaction wire with trades and free-agent signings the past few weeks, Royals general manager Dayton Moore seemed unmoved by the whirlwind. Why? Because Moore had no reason to panic. His roster didn't need to be revamped. "I wasn't really surprised by it all," Moore said. "But the truth is, we have...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Starting Pitcher Addition Will Determine Royals’ Offseason Success

Since the last time we talked, the Royals have been busy. But I’ll be honest, I’m not sure I can figure out exactly what they’re trying to do.Sure, the pieces they’ve added at least match up with the holes in the roster. Lose designated hitter Billy Butler? Add designated hitter Kendrys Morales. Need a right field replacement for Nori Aoki? Bring in Alex Rios. Everything...
Via Pine Tar Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals: Roster taking shape for 2015

Kendrys Morales can help add a power element to the ballclub that has been lacking in Kansas City (marinersblog.mlblogs.com). The Kansas City Royals have been busy lately adding three players to the ballclub this past week to help finalize the team’s roster before Spring Training in February. Among those additions include pitcher Yohan Pino, first baseman Kendrys Morales, and...
Via isportsweb.com
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Thinking Aloud About the 2015 Royals

Barring a blockbuster trade that shakes up the foundation of the Royals, it looks like the 2015 version of the team is shaping up right before our eyes. With the free agent signings of Kendrys Morales and Alex Rios, the Royals two big needs on offense have been taken care of, and with re-signing Jason Frasor and Luke Hochevar along with reaching a one-year deal with Yohan Pino, it...
Via Pine Tar Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals: is Kendry Morales worth it?

The Kansas City Royals recently agreed to a two-year deal with DH Kendry Morales, who bounced around between both the Minnesota Twins and Seattle Mariners. Morales hit .218 with eight home runs, 20 doubles and 42 RBI’s in a combined 98 games between the two teams. A lot of the Kansas City fan-base is worried, however, that Morales’ numbers have significantly dropped since his...
Via isportsweb.com
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Morales finalizes deal with Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Kansas City Royals have finalized a $17 million, two-year deal with veteran slugger Kendrys Morales. Morales gives the Royals a new designated hitter after Billy Butler agreed to a free agent deal with Oakland. Kansas City will hope last season was an aberration for Morales, who hit .218 with eight homers and 42 RBIs in 98 games with the Minnesota Twins...
Via AP on Fox
4 days ago  |  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
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals set offense, sign Alex Rios

  On Monday, the Royals went out and signed themselves a right fielder. Alex Rios has been a rumor the last couple of trade deadlines, and it seems Dayton Moore still had his eye stuck on him. Rios signed a 1 year deal worth $11 million. He will take over right field from recently departed Nori Aoki. There are two sides to this signing as Rios has displayed power in...
Via Royals Blue
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals sign Alex Rios to one-year deal

            The Kansas City Royals have agreed to a one-year contract with veteran free-agent outfielder Alex Rios, reports CBS Sports. alex rios agrees to one-year with royals. $11M. — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 16, 2014   Rios, 33, is a .278 career hitter with 165 home runs in 11 big-league seasons with Toronto...
Via Sports-Glory
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals Sign Pretty Good Player, In A Sense

Coming away from 2014, we knew some things. The Royals were going to have a little extra money to spend, after getting as far as is possible to get without winning the World Series. The Royals were also going to be in the market for a designated hitter, and additionally perhaps in the market for […]
Via Fangraphs
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Go Get James Shields, And Call It A Rotation

(Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports)It's difficult to understand why there's so much resistance in Red Sox Nation to the possible signing of James Shields. Maybe it's because he was such a bitter AL East foe for so long. And yet, it seems like Shields is the most realistic option left for a top-of-the-rotation starter. In the first place, he won't cost the team any prospects—just John...
Via FenwayNation
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals rumors: David Robertson edition

The addition of David Robertson could bring the Royals’ bullpen to tops in the league again in 2015 (zimbio.com). The Kansas City Royals were tops in the major leagues last season with one of the best bullpens in history. With the departure of Aaron Crow to the Miami Marlins and the possibility of the young Brandon Finnegan joining the starting rotation at some point in this upcoming...
Via isportsweb.com
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Time to See if the Royals Will Trade From a Strength

There was precedent for Wade Davis‘ amazing Royals transformation. You could, for example, point to Wade Davis, in 2012. Or you could point to any number of other guys who’ve found comfortable homes in the bullpen after struggling as starters. But a year before Davis turned into an unhittable Royals reliever — that is, the […]
Via Fangraphs
16 days ago  |  Discuss
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