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ROYALS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Friday Notes

I hope everyone has had a great holiday season as we find ourselves closer and closer to another baseball season that I'm sure we're all so anxiously waiting for. I've said this before, but the Royals making the World Series was amazing for so many reasons, but the often overlooked reason is that we don't have to wait nearly as long between seasons. That bought us a full extra month...
Via Pine Tar Press
1 day 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
3 days ago  |  Discuss

The Royals and Patience Don’t Mix

With some exceptions, the Kansas City Royals have struggled to score runs throughout their history. If you don't believe me, I'll give you some facts here in a little bit on that. The Royals headed into the off-season following their World Series run with a couple edicts. The one we'll talk about today is that they needed to score more runs. As much as the 2014 Royals succeeded with...
Via Pine Tar Press
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Sox And Giants Tussling Over James Shields

According to Boston.com's Nick Cafardo, the Red Sox and Giants are both still in on free-agent James Shields. According to Cafardo, The Evil Empire is also lurking. Shields is likely to get a 5-year offer in the range of $110. The addition of the 33-year old righty would significantly upgrade the Boston rotation—currently comprising a bevy of #3 starters. Stay tuned.
Via FenwayNation
5 days ago  |  Discuss

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
7 days 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
7 days 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
7 days 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
7 days 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
8 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
9 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
9 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
9 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
9 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
10 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
10 days ago  |  Discuss

GM Moore believes Morales 'solidifies' Royals' lineup

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Royals and general manager Dayton Moore have been coveting Kendrys Morales for some time. They talked internally about him two years ago. They talked again about acquiring him last offseason. So there was little hesitation this offseason in pursuing Morales as a free-agent. And last week, the Royals and Morales agreed on a two-year deal that guarantees Morales...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
10 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
10 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
11 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
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Royal Rewind: Re-watching the 2014 Wildcard Game

It’s December, and my baseball withdrawals are in full swing. I was having a bit of anxiety, so I decided to re-watch the 2014 Wildcard game. Let’s go back, shall we? Royal Rewind: This was the game that Kansas City fans have dreamed of for a very, very long time. For the first time in 29 tedious years, there was finally new life in the Royals fan base. They fought so...
Via Royals Blue
13 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
15 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
21 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
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Kansas City stadiums had poor food safety conditions

Kansas City Royals fans might have felt sick after attending World Series games at Kauffman Stadium — but not because of their team’s performance. A detailed “Outside the Lines” report shows there were routinely poor food safety conditions not only at the concession stands of Kauffman Stadium, but also next door at Arrowhead Stadium — home of the Kansas City Chiefs. ...
Via NESN.com
November 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Analysis: Alex Gordon wouldn't have scored on Game 7 error

Mike Jirschele held Alex Gordon at third base during the final moments of Game 7. Otherwise, the Kansas City Royals’ World Series would’ve ended at home plate, not on Salvador Perez’s foul pop in the next at-bat. Fangraphs examined the much-discussed play, in which Gordon singled and advanced all the way to third base on an error. When San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon...
Via NESN.com
October 31, 2014  |  Discuss
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