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ROYALS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Royals Contracts a Major Storyline Already

It’s really quite amazing to me how little uncertainty there is surrounding the 2016 Royals. We have as good an idea as you can have on February 8 of five spots in the batting order and we know who’s going to hit in two of the others, just not sure who hits in which spot. We […]
Via Pine Tar Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Number Munchers: Salvador Perez. A raise? An extension? Not so fast …

After a 2011 rookie season that saw him bat .331/.361/.471 over 158 PA and produce 1.5 WAR in only 39 games, Salvador Perez signed a 5 year / 7 million dollar contract with the Kansas City Royals. The deal also included 3 years of club options that could push the base value to 23.8 million dollars over 8 years, with potentially $800,000 more in All-Star and Gold Glove bonuses....
Via Royals Blue
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals or Mets? Who has the better chance to return to the World Series in 2016?

With pitchers and catchers set to report to spring training in just two weeks, it's time for every fan base to dream big -- even if contending is merely a dream for some of them.For the two teams that played into November, however, there are legitimate reasons to believe they can return to the postseason and even to the World Series. But which team is more likely to do so: The Kansas...
Via Fox Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals Offense Hinges on Alcides Escobar

On September 12, 2014, the Kansas City Royals were defeated by the Boston Red Sox to lose their fourth game in five days. That loss dropped the Royals out of first place in the American League Central and put their playoff chances in a bit more doubt. The next day, Ned Yost changed his lineup […]
Via Pine Tar Press
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Danny Duffy Should Start Season in Royals Bullpen

All around baseball, there will be arguments about whether a certain pitcher should be pitching out of the bullpen or should be a starter. The Royals have dealt with it forever. I can remember the arguments around Tom Gordon pitching in relief or starting. Then it moved on to Hipolito Pichardo and then Joakim Soria […]
Via Pine Tar Press
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals unveil awesome World Series billboard in KC

Most sports team billboards are pretty boring fare. Action shots of players, a phone number for the season ticket line, and similar things like that are pretty much staples. The Kansas City Royals have gone above and beyond with their concept, though. The Royals bring us Salvador Perez, in his self-appointed role as chief Gatorade cooler dumper, dousing the entire city via billboard...
Via Larry Brown Sports
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals' Perez would still be 'happy' if new deal doesn't materialize

A few weeks ago, it came out that the Kansas City Royals were 'quietly' trying to re-work their contract with catcher and World Series MVP Salvador Perez. Perez, 25, is signed to a very team-friendly deal and the club is reportedly interested in extending his deal with terms a bit more appropriate for one of the league's most respected backstops. This weekend, the Royals hosted...
Via Fox Sports
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Is Danny Duffy the odd man out of the Royals rotation

Ned Yost is not about to name his final two starters for the 2016 season. While Yordano Ventura, Edinson Volquez and Ian Kennedy will start the season as the top three pitchers for the Royals the remaining two spots are up for grabs. Kris Medlen, Chris Young and Danny Duffy will all go to spring training trying to win those two spots but one of these pitchers will begin the season...
Via Tireball.com
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Fans descend on Royals FanFest to see World Series champs

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The old refrain of "Wait till next year!" has had a whole different meaning for Royals fans.As in, let's wait as long as possible until next year.Still reveling in the team's first World Series championship since 1985, thousands of fans descended on Bartle Hall in downtown Kansas City on Friday for the club's annual FanFest. Even more were expected Saturday, heading...
Via Associated Press
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals having Epilepsy Awareness Night and Fireworks Night on same evening

There are PR flubs over which everyone has a laugh, and then there are others where someone clearly needs to be fired. This one in particular, courtesy of the defending World Series champion Kansas City Royals, falls into the latter category. According to a report from The New York Daily News, the Royals will host Epilepsy Awareness Nigh at Kauffman Stadium on August 5, spotlighting...
Via Campus Sports Net
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals and Ian Kennedy finalize $70 million, 5-year contract

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Royals have announced their $70 million, five-year deal with pitcher Ian Kennedy, which was agreed to nearly two weeks ago but did not become official until Friday. Kennedy was to be introduced at the team's annual FanFest later in the day. The 31-year-old right-hander went 9-15 with a 4.28 ERA for the San Diego Padres last season. He is four years removed...
Via Associated Press
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Backloaded deal means Kennedy will make $7.5M with Royals in 2016

The Kansas City Royals recently signed free agent right-hander Ian Kennedy to a five-year deal worth $60 million, but the terms of his deal don't break down evenly.As Jon Heyman of MLB Network reported on Twitter Wednesday morning, Kennedy's contract is actually backloaded, something that could benefit the 2016 Royals:With the club paying close attention to its finances, even coming...
Via Fox Sports
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Quick Hits: The Royals Winter Acquisitions … so far

It’s been a long winter. The Chiefs kept our Kansas City sports glands salivating as long as they could, but now not a day goes by I don’t see someone tweet something to the effect of “Is it baseball season yet?” Well not quite, but we are less than a month away from pitchers & catchers reporting. Soon, we’ll be treated with the bucolic tones of Denny and Ryan...
Via Royals Blue
17 days ago  |  Discuss

The Royals Haven’t Been the Projections’ Biggest Miss

No team has more conspicuously made us look silly than the Royals. Not in the last few years, for all the reasons you already know. Not many things more visible than consecutive trips to the World Series, and when you look at what the Royals did against what the Royals were expected to do, statistically, it’s natural to wonder what’s up. It’s normal to find comments like this...
Via Fangraphs
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals OF Jarrod Dyson getting street named after him

Kansas City Royals outfielder Jarrod Dyson is receiving quite an honor. The World Series champion will have a street named after him in his hometown of McComb, Miss. The street will be changed from Warren Street to Dyson Drive. Dyson shared the news by posting a photo of the clipping from the local newspaper: Just confirm that Warren St is now being change to Dyson Dr...
Via Larry Brown Sports
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Re-signing Alex Gordon signals change in Royals’ philosophy

Re-signing Alex Gordon was an important move for the Kansas City Royals and their chances in 2016. But it may have been more important for the impression it left on Royals fans and the baseball world in general: the days of small market Kansas City being pushed around by big budget teams may be over. For weeks, the only reports about Gordon and the Royals seemed to be about how...
Via The Outside Corner
January 07, 2016  |  Discuss

Royals Win Again, Keep Alex Gordon

Two weeks. Two weeks is all it took. Shortly before Christmas, it looked like there was almost no chance Alex Gordon would return to Kansas City. He had too big of a market, and the Royals were sticking with too small of an offer. The Royals themselves were thinking about alternatives, more affordable replacement outfielders, but they made sure to stay in touch. Gordon remained the...
Via Fangraphs
January 06, 2016  |  Discuss

Royals re-sign Alex Gordon to four-year, $72 million deal

The Kansas City Royals have re-signed free agent outfielder Alex Gordon to a four-year deal, believed to be valued in the low $70 million range reports Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports. Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com initially reported the Royals had a multi-year deal. It was later confirmed to be for $72 million. Sources: Alex Gordon to Kansas City is done, confirming report from ...
Via The Comeback
January 06, 2016  |  Discuss

A 2016 Wishlist from a Kansas City Royals Fan

The Kansas City Royals won the 2015 World Series. They posted the best record in the American League. They had 7 players named to the All-Star team. They raised a Royal Blue middle finger to conventional wisdom and figured out a new way to be a dominant baseball team. They made the governor of Texas, the PECOTA projections and Jason La Confora look like absolute tools (admittedly...
Via Royals Blue
January 04, 2016  |  Discuss

Why are baseball's free agent hitters still not signed?

With the football season winding down, more sports fans are revving up the countdown until baseball gets underway. (There are approximately 44 days until pitchers and catchers report, for those keeping track.)But with the start of spring training getting closer, it's hard to ignore the number of MLB players on the free agent market who are still without work.It seems curious, given...
Via Yardbarker
January 04, 2016  |  Discuss

Why Alex Gordon to the White Sox makes perfect sense

The White Sox stole headlines at last year's Winter Meetings in San Diego, striking deals with David Robertson, Adam LaRoche, and Melky Cabrera. The latter two were billed as players who could provide protection in the lineup for Jose Abreu, but both didn’t play the way the Sox had envisioned. Sure, Cabrera finally turned a corner offensively in the second half of the season, but...
Via The Sports Quotient
December 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Royals currently have ‘no chance’ of retaining Alex Gordon

    With each passing day, it looks less and less likely that Alex Gordon will remain with the Kansas City Royals. According to CBS Sports’s Jon Heyman, the Royals have been told that as things stand, they have “no chance” of retaining their left fielder. The Royals have an offer on the table to Gordon, said to be 4 years and in the range of $12 million per year. Gordon...
Via Larry Brown Sports
December 23, 2015  |  Discuss

The Champs and the Projections

Back in October, the Kansas City Royals were crowned champions of the baseball world, and rightfully so; they won all the necessary games! The Royals are the champions, and they’ll continue to be the champions until a new team is crowned champions in the upcoming October. Could be that the new champions are just a different Royals team, but that seems unlikely. Mostly, it seems...
Via Fangraphs
December 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Giants making 'strong push' for Johnny Cueto

Up until Monday morning, it was looking like the San Francisco Giants were going to maintain the status quo for the rest of the off-season and not make too much noise. Then came the tweet that started changing minds. Sources: #SFGiants making strong push for Cueto. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 14, 2015 It makes for some stellar Hot Stove, considering...
Via Yardbarker
December 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Ben Zobrist is baseball’s hottest free agent

Don’t look now, but Ben Zobrist has rapidly turned into the most sought-after free agent in baseball. Despite the fact that he doesn’t have a natural position and is about to turn 35, the World Series-winning super-utility man is set for a massive payday. And his price tag continues to rise. As of now, roughly half the teams in baseball are interested in Zobrist, and he is...
Via Rumors and Rants
December 02, 2015  |  Discuss
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