Kansas City Royals Wiretap

Royals Agree To $1.225M Deal With Dyson

Jan 27, 2015 4:31 PM

Jarrod Dyson has avoided arbitration with the Kansas City Royals by agreeing to a one-year, $1.225 million contract for 2015.

Dyson is expected to be Kansas City's fourth outfielder. He can also make $25,000 for reaching 350 plate appearances and $50,000 if he's chosen for the All-Star Game, according to a report.

He earned $530,000 last season, $30,000 over the major league minimum.


Tags: Kansas City Royals, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Terms Agreement

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Butler Already Thinking About Possible Return To Royals

Jan 26, 2015 7:09 AM

Billy Butler signed a three-year deal with the Oakland Athletics this offseason, but he's already thinking about a potential return to the Kansas City Royals.

Kansas City declined Butler's expensive option for 2015, leading to the three-year, $30 million deal with Oakland.

"It's disappointing, but you understand that the game's a business and I didn't leave on bad terms," Butler said. "I'd be more than happy to come back. That's home for me. I'll always be forever tied to the Royals organization and the community there.

"The memories there are for a lifetime. I think, down the road, I'll be back either as a coach or still playing, doing something — scouting or whatever it is — to help the organization that took a chance on me and drafted me."

Butler was the longest-tenured member of the Royals when they reached the World Series this past October.

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/sports/mlb/kansas-city-royals/article8126061.html#storylink=cp

Tod Palmer/Kansas City Star

Tags: Kansas City Royals, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Moore: 'Doubtful' Royals Will Re-Sign Shields

Jan 22, 2015 1:44 PM

At this point, it's "doubtful" that the Kansas City Royals will re-sign James Shields.

"We feel right now that we're probably who we are going into Spring Training," Dayton Moore told MLB Network Radio. "You never say never, but right now, with the addition of Edinson Volquez and rounding out our rotation and replacing James Shields, we feel that our rotation's going to be very solid. It's going to give us guys that compete and utilize our defense."

Volquez, 31, signed a two-year deal with the Royals on Dec. 29 worth $17 million.

Joey Nowak/MLB

Tags: Kansas City Royals, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Executive 'Can't Imagine' Shields Getting Less Than $80M

Jan 21, 2015 8:35 AM

James Shields remains on the free agent market as the best pitching option available.

He was expected to sign a nine-figure deal despite a rough postseason, but his value appears to have decreased.

"What I see now is a lot of teams jumping back in," said a Major League executive. "But part of the reason is, they're saying, 'We know now he's not getting $110 million, so why not jump back in?' But the problem is, now everyone is bottom-feeding. And when you're someone like him, that's the last thing you want, is a lot of teams bottom-feeding on you in late January."

Shields had a 3.21 ERA in 227 innings last season.

"I can't imagine he gets less than $80 million over four [years]," said one executive. "There's someone out there. You know that. I just have no idea who that is."

Jayson Stark/ESPN

Tags: Kansas City Royals, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Royals Give Yost Extension Through 2016

Jan 13, 2015 4:43 PM

The Kansas City Royals have announced an extension for Ned Yost through the 2016 season.

"I think we're in great shape headed into this year," Yost said.

"We came as close as you can to winning a world championship last year," he said, "and when you don't do it, it leaves a taste in your mouth. It's something you strive to do, and I think everyone in that locker room will tell you they want to finish this thing off."

Yost managed the Royals to their first World Series appearance since 1985.

Associated Press

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Blue Jays Aren't Negotiating With Shields

Jan 6, 2015 4:20 PM

The Toronto Blue Jays aren't currently negotiating with free-agent pitcher James Shields, according to a report.

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports has reported that Toronto may enter the fray if the right-hander's price drops.

Shields is expected to receive a nine-figure contract.

Buster Olney/ESPN

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Report: Norichika Aoki Seeking Three-Year Deal

Jan 5, 2015 1:03 AM

Former Royals outfielder Norichika Aoki is seeking a three-year deal, according to the Boston Globe.

Aoki may want three years, but teams have been hesitant to add a third season to any contract offer. The Orioles are said to have interest in the 32-year-old outfielder as a possible replacement for Nick Markakis. The Giants also remain a possibility, according to the report. 

Boston Globe

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, San Francisco Giants, Kansas City Royals, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Teams May Balk At Shields Asking Price Of Five-Years, $100M

Jan 5, 2015 12:51 AM

Fox Sports reported Sunday evening that although the front-runners for James Shields are still unknown, he is expected to sign a deal of at least five years and $100 million.

The report also notes that some league executives believe any offer of that magnitude would be surprising, considering Shields is 33 years old and coming off eight consecutive seasons of 200-plus innings.

The latest news leaves the market for Shields unclear, as several teams would likely bow out of the running at the expected price.


Tags: Miami Marlins, Boston Red Sox, San Francisco Giants, Arizona Diamondbacks, Kansas City Royals, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Market For James Shields Remains Unknown

Jan 4, 2015 6:07 PM

The Red Sox reportedly have not had much recent discussion with pitcher James Shields, according to ESPN and Sirius XM's Jim Bowden, leaving the market largely unknown.

After the Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo reported in late December that the Giants and Red Sox were still "in the picture," Bowden reported this week the Giants won't pursue the right-hander and the Red Sox now do not seem to be significant players in the free-agent sweepstakes.




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Royals, Ryan Madson Agree To Deal

Jan 4, 2015 12:23 PM

Former Phillies closer Ryan Madson has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Royals that includes an invitation to major-league spring training camp, a baseball source told ESPN.com.

Madson, 34, is 47-30 with 52 saves in eight career seasons with Philadelphia.


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Alex Gordon Undergoes Wrist Surgery
Alex Gordon underwent successful right wrist surgery on Tuesday morning by hand and wrist specialist Dr. Bruce Toby at the University of Kansas Hospital.

RealGM Staff Report

Cabrera Drawing Interest From Jays, Rays, Royals, Yankees
The 29-year-old infielder hit .241/.307/.387 in 616 plate appearances split between the Indians and Nationals in 2014.

Jon Morosi/FOX Sports

Royals, Volquez Finalize $20M Deal
The deal includes a mutual option for the 2017 season.

Associated Press

Royals To Sign Volquez For $20M
The 31-year-old earned the deal after a strong 2014 season with the Pirates.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Alex Rios, Royals Agree To $11M Deal
Alex Rios hit .280 for the Rangers in 2014, but had just four home runs and 54 RBIs in 131 games.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Kendrys Morales To Sign With Royals
The Royals have agreed to a two-year, $17 million deal with Kendrys Morales.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Royals Shopping Omar Infante
Omar Infante signed a four-year contract worth more than $30 million with Kansas City last offseason.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Blue Jays Pursuing Greg Holland
Greg Holland had a 1.44 ERA for the Royals, converting 46 of 48 save opportunities in 65 games.

Bob Elliott/Toronto Sun

Blue Jays, Reds, Royals In Mix For Melky Cabrera
The Royals have been in contact with Melky Cabrera as they look for offense, although he may prove to be too expensive.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Marlins Send Prospects To Royals For Aaron Crow
Aaron Crow posted a 6-1 record in 59 innings for the Royals in 2014.


Royals, Jason Frasor Agree To One-Year Deal
Jason Frasor went 3-0 with a 1.53 ERA in 23 games for the Royals last season.


Ibanez, Cash, Wakamatsu Finalists In Tampa Bay
The Rays will have interviews with the three finalists for manager the week of December 1.


A's, Billy Butler Agree On Three-Year, $30M Deal
Billy Butler hit .271 with nine home runs and 66 RBIs for the Royals this past season.


Multiple Teams Interested In Masterson
Justin Masterson is coming off a disappointing season in which injuries were an issue, but he is still drawing interest.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Donaldson, Carter, Herrera Have Super 2 Status
The trio are among 26 players with less than three years of Major League service who have qualified for salary arbitration.


Royals Have Discussed Acquiring Ryan Howard
The Phillies are intent on trading Ryan Howard and the $60 million remaining on his contract.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

Ten Teams Showing Interest In Torii Hunter
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Royals, Twins, Tigers, Cubs, Giants, Rangers and Mariners have all shown some early interest in the veteran outfielder.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

Royals Open To Bringing Billy Butler Back
Just a few months ago the idea of Butler returning to Kansas City seemed impossible.

Sam Mellinger/Kansas City Star

Major Individual Award Finalists Announced
The BWAA has revealed the top three finalists for the American League and National League for Rookie of the Year, Manager of the Year, Cy Young and Most Valuable Player.


Royals Extend Qualifying Offer To Shields
If a club wants to sign James Shields as a free agent, they'll have to surrender a compensatory draft pick.

Associated Press