Kansas City Royals Wiretap

Alex Gordon Says He's 'Sucked' Over Past Year

May 25, 2016 5:30 PM

Alex Gordon, who was placed on the disabled list with a fractured wrist on Monday, was asked by reporters if the time on the shelf will help him work through his struggles at the plate.

"Because I've sucked so far this year?" Gordon said. "Pretty much."

Gordon has been named an All-Star the last three seasons, but lately his value has been mostly defensive.

"Obviously, I haven't played the way I've wanted to this year so far," Gordon said. "But the unfortunate part is, in baseball you always have tomorrow, and right now, I don't have that. I just got to keep my head up. And hopefully when I come back, I'll be feeling a little bit better at the plate and hopefully will help this team out a little bit more than I have so far this year."

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Yordano Ventura Has Higher BB Percentage Than K Percentage

May 17, 2016 6:41 AM

Yordano Ventura has yet to realize a lot of the promise surrounding his career and there is a new concern about his ability to harness that potential for the Kansas City Royals.

Ventura, who will turn 25 next month, has a 4.62 ERA, 1.568 WHIP and a Major League-leading 28 walks issued in 37 innings this season.

Among qualified starters, Ventura is the only one to have a higher walk percentage than strikeout percentage. His -1.2% K-BB% is more than two points lower than the second-worst -- Martin Perez at 1.0%. No pitcher had a negative K-BB% in 2015.

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Royals Don't Have Capital To Pull Off Major Trade

May 16, 2016 7:31 AM

The Kansas City Royals are off to a slow start after winning the World Series last fall.

A year ago, they acquired Ben Zobrist and Johnny Cueto near to deadline to boost the roster for a playoff run. They don't have enough depth in their farm system to pull off similar deals this summer.

"The Royals have some prospects other teams find attractive, but most are at the lower levels, where major deals are rarely done," writes Sam Mellinger of the Kansas City Star. "Three of the four minor-league prospects the Royals dealt a year ago are now in big-league rotations."

Kansas City only has two players among Baseball America's top 100 prospects -- Raul Mondesi, was has been suspended 50 games, and Kyle Zimmer.


Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article77709232.html#storylink=cp

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Royals' Raul Mondesi Suspended 50 Games For PEDs

May 11, 2016 7:31 AM

Raul Mondesi was suspended 50 games without pay Tuesday as a result of a positive test for a performance-enhancing substance.

The Kansas City Royals infield prospect says the positive test was as a result of an over-the-counter cold medicine that he was taking.

Mondesi tested positive for Clenbuterol, which violates terms of Major League Baseball's joint drug prevention and treatment program. A positive test usually results in an 80-game suspension, but MLB and the MLBPA agreed to a reduced punishment after Mondesi showed the steroid came from Subrox-C, an over-the-counter medication that he bought in the Dominican Republic.

"It is by far one of the hardest moments I have had to face in my life, but it is a decision that I accept and one that I take full responsibility for as a professional," Mondesi said in a statement.

ESPN

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Royals Place Mike Moustakas On DL With Thumb Fracture

May 7, 2016 1:16 PM

The Royals announced today that the club has placed third baseman Mike Moustakas on the 15-day disabled list with a left thumb fracture, retroactive to May 5. In a corresponding move, the club has recalled infielder Cheslor Cuthbert from Omaha (AAA).

Cuthbert, 23, was hitting .333 with four doubles, seven homers and 28 RBI in his first 24 games with the Storm Chasers.

Press Release

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Alex Rios Isn't Ready To Retire

Apr 29, 2016 8:14 AM

The season is almost a month old and Alex Rios hasn't found his name in many free agent rumors.

However, the 35-year-old isn't ready to announce his retirement from Major League Baseball.

Rios has offered to play for teams, according to a report.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

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Edinson Volquez Pitches In Batting Practice Cap

Apr 4, 2016 7:59 AM

Edinson Volquez pitched the first inning of Sunday night's Kansas City Royals-New York Mets game in what looked like a batting practice hat.

The Royals had special gold Opening Day caps that matched jerseys with gold lettering to celebrate their 2015 World Series victory.

Volquez set the Mets down in order in the top half of the inning and the Royals went on to win 4-3.

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Royals Say Mets' Presence Soured Championship Celebration

Apr 4, 2016 7:40 AM

Ned Yost said Sunday's pregame celebration of the Kansas City Royals' 2015 World Series title was partially spoiled by the fact that the New York Mets were forced to watch.

"It was just strange, the pregame ceremony," Yost said.

The 2016 schedule was released last September, many weeks before the season's final pitch, and increased interleague play setup a World Series rematch. The Mets were the first team in Major League Baseball history forced to watch their World Series opponent celebrate.

"I think I would have enjoyed it more if we played another team," Yost said.

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Noah Syndergaard Not Sure What 'Retaliation Talk Is All About'

Mar 31, 2016 7:48 AM

Noah Syndergaard doesn't believe that the Kansas City Royals should have any grievance against him.

Aiming to send a message to the Royals about not being too comfortable in the box, Syndergaard threw the first pitch of Game 3 of the World Series to the backstop. After that game, Syndergaard told reporters that he was standing 60 feet, six inches from the plate if any Royals batter had a problem with him.

Newsday reported on Tuesday that Kansas City intends to "seek retribution" for Syndergaard buzzing Alcides Escobar with the up-and-in fastball.

The two teams are opening the 2016 season with a series against one another.

"I don't think they're too fond of me, but as far as retaliation goes, I really don't know what they're going to retaliate against," Syndergaard said. "All I did was establish the inner part of the plate. So I don't know what this whole retaliation talk is all about. But it's going to be an interesting time. ... I simply threw a pitch on the inside corner. Elevated. A purpose pitch. I don't really see how any retaliation could be made."

Ned Yost refuted the report about forthcoming retribution, telling the Kansas City Star, "Our retribution was winning the World Series."

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Ian Desmond Asks Alex Gordon For Advice On Move To Outfield

Mar 16, 2016 7:59 AM

Ian Desmond is moving from shortstop to left field with the Texas Rangers and has reached out to the Kansas City Royals' Alex Gordon for some advice.

"You have to keep a good mind about it,'' Gordon said. "The biggest part is accepting it and having a positive attitude about it.

"You have to keep working at it. There will be mistakes, but you’ll get there.’’

Gordon began the 2010 season as Kansas City's third baseman, but one month into the season he was "blind-sided" by a demotion to Triple-A for a crash course in left field. He has since developed into one of baseball's best at the position.

"You have to be really quick," Gordon said. "There were a lot of mistakes in reading balls off the bat. A lot. ... Eventually, I got there, but it takes a while."

Desmond appreciated Gordon's vote of confidence but will keep pushing and learning.

"I respect his opinion," Desmond said. "But at the same time, I have to believe in myself. That’s only going to come through game situations and work. I want to feel comfortable out there."

Gerry Fraley/Dallas Morning News

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Royals Agree To Five-Year Extension With Salvador Perez
The Royals have agreed to a contract extension with Salvador Perez that extends his contract through the 2021 season.

Associated Press

Eric Hosmer Open To Long-Term Deal With Royals
Eric Hosmer is open to a long-term contract with the Royals despite the narrative that the team's window for success closes after the 2017 season when he and several other important players can becom

Jeffrey Flanagan/MLB

Royal Sign Mike Minor To $7.25M Deal
The Royals have signed Mike Minor to a two-year deal worth a reported $7.25 million.

RealGM Staff Report

Royals Sign Three To Minor League Deals
The Royals have signed Clint Barnes, Brian Duensing and Ross Ohlendorf to Minor League contracts.

Mike Berardino/Pioneer Press

Royals Reward Dayton Moore, Ned Yost With Extensions
Ned Yost, who had been entering the final year of his deal, signed on for two more years and is now committed through the 2018 season.

Associated Press

Royals To Add Safety Netting At Kauffman Stadium
The netting will extends toward the outfield end of each team's dugout.

ESPN

Royals, Mike Moustakas Agree To Two-Year, $14.3M Deal
The deal not only avoids arbitration this year but also buys out his final year.

Associated Press

Ian Kennedy's Deal With Royals Is Backloaded
Ian Kennedy will earn just $7.5 million this coming season and $13.5 million in 2017.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Royals Quietly Trying To Extend Salvador Perez's Contract
Perez can already be controlled through 2019 through a series of options for a total of just $13.75 million.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Royals, Lorenzo Cain Reach Two-Year Deal
The Royals have reached a two-year agreement with Lorenzo Cain that will buy out his final two seasons of arbitration eligibility for a $17.5 million guarantee.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Report: Royals, Ian Kennedy Agree To Five-Year, $70M Deal
Free-agent pitcher Ian Kennedy was 9-15 with a 4.28 ERA for the Padres last season.

ESPN.com

Royals Could Add Gallardo Or Kennedy To Rotation
The Royals are looking to add to their starting rotation and appear focused on Ian Kennedy and Yovani Gallardo.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Gordon's Desire To Re-Sign With Royals Was 'A 10'
Despite reports that they might part ways, the Royals re-signed Alex Gordon to a four-year, $72 million deal this week.

Jeffrey Flanagan/MLB

Royals Have 'Strong Interest' In Ian Kennedy
Kansas City is expected to make a push to sign Kennedy now that Alex Gordon has been re-signed.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Royals, Alex Gordon Agree To Four-Year, $72M Deal
The Kansas City Royals have agreed to a four-year, $72 million deal to re-sign Alex Gordon, according to a source.

Buster Olney/ESPN

Yovani Gallardo Being Courted By Astros, Orioles, Royals
Yovani Gallardo remains available on the free agent market and is reportedly being courted by the Astros, Orioles and Royals.

Chris Cotillo/SB Nation

Alex Gordon Denies Report Royals Have 'No Chance' To Re-Sign Him
Alex Gordon told the Lincoln Journal Star and the Omaha World Herald on Monday there was "no truth," to the report that the Royals have no chance to sign him.

Pete Grathoff/Kansas City Star

Former All-Star Dave Henderson Dies At Age 57
Former outfielder Dave Henderson spent 14 seasons in the major leagues.

ESPN.com

Report: Royals Have 'No Chance' To Re-Sign Alex Gordon
The Royals offered the outfielder a four-year deal worth $12 million to $13 million annually, according to an ESPN report.

William Boor/MLB

Mat Latos Drawing Interest From Five Teams
Five teams have checked on Mat Latos, who is looking to sign a one-year deal in hopes of re-establishing his value.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN