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Rafael Furcal Retires After 14 Seasons

May 19, 2015 4:42 PM

The Kansas City Royals announced on Tuesday that Rafael Furcal has retired after 14 Major League seasons.

Kansas City released him in spring training, but later re-signed him to a minor league contract.

He recently had been promoted to the team's Double-A club in the Texas League, the Northwest Arkansas Naturals.

ESPN

Tags: Kansas City Royals, Misc Rumor

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Keith Law Lists Brendan Rodgers As Top Draft Prospect

May 8, 2015 4:22 PM

Keith Law, who works in scouting for ESPN, has updated his list of the top 100 prospects ahead of next month's MLB Draft.

"This year's draft class is indeed one of the weakest in recent memory, not just at the top of the first round, but also in specific areas that are usually deeper, such as college starting pitching and catchers of any stripe. There is, however, a lot of depth in the middle infield," writes Law.

Brendan Rodgers, a shortstop out of Lake Mary High School (FL), is ranked first on Law's list.

Keith Law/ESPN

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MLB Reduces Kelvin Herrera's Suspensions By One Game

May 8, 2015 7:30 AM

The suspensions for Kansas City Royals reliever Kelvin Herrera have been cut by Major League Baseball from seven games to six.

Herrera began serving the penalty Thursday.

He appealed after being suspended for two separate incidents.

Herrera's five-game ban for throwing behind the back of Brett Lawrie of the Oakland Athletics last month was upheld. His penalty for a brawl with the Chicago White Sox on April 23 was reduced from two games to one.

Associated Press

Tags: Kansas City Royals, Misc Rumor, Suspension

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Royals Acquire Drew Butera From Angels

May 7, 2015 4:44 PM

The Kansas City Royals have acquired catcher Drew Butera from Los Angeles Angels for minor league infielder Ryan Jackson.

Butera, 31, hit .190 (4-for-21) in 10 games with the Angels this season.

To make room for Butera on the 40-man roster, Kansas City transferred left-hander Tim Collins to the 60-day disabled list. He is recovering from Tommy John surgery in March.

Associated Press

Tags: Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Misc Rumor, Official Trade, Trade Rumor

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Medlen Preparing To Face Live Hitters

May 1, 2015 8:42 AM

Kris Medlen is inching closer in his comeback bid from his second Tommy John surgery.

The right-hander, who signed with the Kansas City Royals this offseason, will face live hitters in Arizona on Monday.

Since Spring Training ended, he has remained with the big league club and continued his throwing and bullpen schedules.

"I have really enjoyed staying here and getting to know my teammates a little more," Medlen said. "I was really happy they did it that way. It's been great with all the winning, too.

"But now it's time to get going. I'm pumped. I'm going to face live hitters and I don't think I'll be able to get the smile off my face. Even if I give up a homer, I might smile. ... Just a little, though."

Jeffrey Flanagan/MLB

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

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Experts Split On Tate, Rodgers As No. 1 Pick

Apr 30, 2015 3:50 PM

The Arizona Diamondbacks will pick first overall when the First-Year Player Draft is held on June 8.

Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com are split on who Arizona will take -- UC Santa Barbara right-hander Dillon Tate or Lake Mary High School (FL) shortstop Brendan Rodgers.

The Houston Astros (second and fifth), Colorado Rockies, Texas Rangers and Minnesota Twins will pick after the Diamondbacks.

Jim Callis & Jonathan Mayo/MLB

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2015 MLB All-Star Ballot Released

Apr 29, 2015 3:34 PM

Major League Baseball marked the official start of All-Star Balloting for the 86th All-Star Game, which will be held on Tuesday, July 14th at Great American Ball Park, the home of the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday.

For the first time, the All-Star Balloting Program will be conducted exclusively online.  Beginning today, fans around the world can cast their votes for starters 35 times exclusively at MLB.com and all 30 Club web sites – online or via their mobile devices – with the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot.

You can begin voting here -- 2015 All-Star Game Ballot.

RealGM Staff Report

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Cain Believes Bad Blood With White Sox Is Over

Apr 27, 2015 8:04 AM

Lorenzo Cain is ready to move on after the Kansas City Royals brawled with the Chicago White Sox in the series opener on Thursday night.

Several players were suspended by Major League Baseball following the incident.

"I think we got all our emotions out that night and I think it's over and done with," Cain said. "I think we're going to try to go out here and go back to just playing baseball and leave it at that."

The brawl began when Yordano Ventura grabbed a seventh-inning grounder from Adam Eaton and the two exchanged words before Eaton was thrown out at first. Eaton had to be restrained from Ventura, who was ejected from his second straight start. Players from both dugouts and bullpens then ran onto the field for a fight that lasted several minutes.

Associated Press

Tags: Kansas City Royals, Chicago White Sox, Misc Rumor

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Four Royals Will Appeal Their Suspensions

Apr 25, 2015 5:44 PM

The Royals announced today that pitchers Yordano Ventura, Edinson Volquez and Kelvin Herrera as well as outfielder Lorenzo Cain will appeal their suspensions handed down by Major League Baseball earlier today for their roles in an on-field incident Thursday night at U.S. Cellular Field.

MLB will meet with all four players in the near future to hear their appeal.  Until the appeals process is completed, all four players remain eligible to participate in games. 

Press Release

Tags: Kansas City Royals, Misc Rumor, Suspension

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MLB Disciplines Seven Players For Royals-White Sox Incident

Apr 25, 2015 12:34 PM

Seven players have received discipline for their roles in the on-field incident in the bottom of the seventh inning of Thursday’s game between the Royals and the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Major League Baseball announced today.  Joe Garagiola, Jr., MLB’s Senior VP of Standards & On-Field Operations, made the announcement.

          The following players have been disciplined for their actions leading up to and/or during the incident:

·         Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura has received a seven-game suspension;

·         Royals pitcher Edinson Volquez has received a five-game suspension;

·         Royals outfielder Lorenzo Cain has received a two-game suspension;

·         Royals pitcher Kelvin Herrera has received a two-game suspension;

·         White Sox pitcher Chris Sale has received a five-game suspension;

·         White Sox pitcher Jeff Samardzija has received a five-game suspension.

All six players also received an undisclosed fine in addition to a suspension.  In addition, White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers has received an undisclosed fine.

Unless appealed, all suspensions are scheduled to be effective on Sunday, when the Clubs are to continue their series in Chicago.  If any player elects to appeal, then his suspension will be held in abeyance until the process is complete.

Press Release

Tags: Chicago White Sox, Kansas City Royals, Misc Rumor, Suspension

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Frasor Mulled Offer From Twins Before Re-Signing With Royals
Jason Frasor entertained a one-year offer from the Twins before re-signing with the Royals this past winter.

Mike Berardino/Pioneer Press

MLB Suspends Kelvin Herrera For Five Games
Kelvin Herrera has been suspended five games and fined an undisclosed amount for throwing a pitch behind Brett Lawrie's head during Sunday's game between the Royals and Athletics.

ESPN

More Bad Blood Between A's, Royals
The Royals overcame five ejections to beat the A's on Sunday afternoon.

ESPN.com

Royals Recall Orlando Calixte; Option Reymond Fuentes To Omaha
Orlando Calixte was signed by the Royals in 2010 out of the Dominican Republic.

Press Release

Royals Place Greg Holland On DL
Royals recall pitcher Yohan Pino from Triple-A Omaha.

Press Release

Royals Lose Alex Rios To Fractured Hand
Alex Rios suffered the injury on Monday against the Twins.

ESPN

Royals Open To Extension To Salvador Perez
Salvador Perez is currently playing under a five-year, $7 million contract.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

MLB Releases Draft Bonus Slots
Major League Baseball has informed teams of the draft bonus slot allocations that will apply to the 2015 amateur draft.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Yordano Ventura Agrees To Five-Year, $23M Extension With Royals
Yordano Ventura posted a 3.20 ERA in 183 innings in 2014.

Andy McCullough/Kansas City Star

Royals Release Rafael Furcal
Kansas City had only recently brought Rafael Furcal into camp on a Minor League deal.

Andy McCullough/Kansas City Star

Royals Grant Ryan Roberts Unconditional Release
Ryan Roberts appeared in 18 games this spring, batting .219.

Press Release

Royals Name Ventura Opening Day Starter
Ned Yost says Danny Duffy and Edinson Volquez will follow Yordano Ventura in the rotation.

Associated Press

Forbes: Average MLB Team Worth $1.2B
The Yankees are worth $3.2 billion, tops on the list and just the second United States sports franchise to eclipse the $3 billion mark.

Darren Rovell/ESPN

Royals, Gordon Haven't Discussed Extension
Alex Gordon is entering the final guaranteed year of his contract, but he hasn't discussed a new deal with the Royals.

Sam Mellinger/Kansas City Star

Royals, Furcal Reach Minor League Deal
Rafael Furcal will earn $1.25 million if he's in the Major Leagues, plus $250,000 in incentives.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Tim Collins Has Tommy John Surgery
The Royals said Thursday the 25-year-old was operated on a day earlier by Dr. James Andrews.

Associated Press

Royals Sign Chris Young To One-Year Deal
Chris Young posted a 12-9 record with a 3.65 ERA for the Mariners last season.

Press Release

Royals Plan To Use Blanton Out Of Bullpen
Joe Blanton, 34, signed a Minor League deal with the reigning American League champions.

Jeffrey Flanagan/MLB

Franklin Morales Signs With Royals
Morales will earn $1.85 million if he makes the Major League roster with an extra $850,000 available through incentives.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Hosmer, Royals Agree To $13.9M Deal
The Royals have avoided arbitration with Eric Hosmer by agreeing to a two-year, $13.9 million deal.

Associated Press

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