Kansas City Royals Wiretap

Royals Plan To Use Blanton Out Of Bullpen

Feb 27, 2015 10:03 AM

The Kansas City Royals have no plans to use Joe Blanton as a starter this season.

Blanton, 34, signed a Minor League deal with the reigning American League champions.

"The only way he is really going to help us is in the bullpen," Ned Yost said. "We're not going to stretch him out [to be a starter]."

Jeffrey Flanagan/MLB

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Franklin Morales Signs With Royals

Feb 20, 2015 4:33 PM

The Kansas City Royals have signed Franklin Morales to a Minor League deal.

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

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Hosmer, Royals Agree To $13.9M Deal

Feb 19, 2015 8:23 AM

The Kansas City Royals have avoided arbitration with Eric Hosmer by agreeing to a two-year, $13.9 million deal.

Hosmer gets $5.65 million this season and $8.25 million next season. He will be eligible for arbitration again in 2017. He is not eligible for free agency until 2018.

He was asking for $6.7 million in arbitration, while the Royals were offering $4.6 million.

Associated Press

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Wilmington Blue Rocks Sell Tickets For $.04

Feb 17, 2015 4:36 PM

The Wilmington Blue Rocks made headlines for selling some of the cheapest tickets in baseball history on Monday, discounting regular prices by 99 percent.

The Blue Rocks are the Class A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals. The team offered fans the chance to get tickets to Opening Day for the same number, in cents, as the temperature at 8 a.m. ET.

The temperature in Wilmington was four degrees Fahrenheit at the time.

"It's really cold here, and we want to get the fans thinking about us," said Stefani Rash, the team's director of tickets.

Fans had three ways to get $.04 tickets to Opening Day -- an April 16 matchup against the Frederick Keys. They could show up in person, call the box office or order online. Orders by phone and the Web, however, were charged a $5 handling fee.

Rash said the team sold about 3,600 Opening Day seats, and more than 200 fans took advantage of the chance to buy up to eight tickets for 32 cents total.

Darren Rovell/ESPN

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Herrera, Royals Finalizing Two-Year, $4.15M Deal

Feb 12, 2015 6:28 PM

The Kansas City Royals are finalizing a two-year, $4.15 million contract with Kelvin Herrera.

Herrera is arbitration-eligible.

The 25-year-old reliever was vital of Kansas City's playoff run in 2014.

Andy McCullough/Kansas City Star

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2015 MLB Draft Order Set

Feb 10, 2015 8:42 AM

The order for the 2015 Major League Baseball draft is set now that James Shields has reached a deal with the San Diego Padres.

San Diego will part with the 13th overall pick because the Kansas City Royals issued Shields a qualifying offer earlier this offseason.


First Round

1. Diamondbacks
2. Astros
3. Rockies
4. Rangers
5. Astros
6. Twins
7. Red Sox
8. White Sox
9. Cubs
10. Phillies
11. Reds
12. Marlins            
13. Rays
14. Braves
15. Brewers
16. Yankees
17. Indians
18. Giants
19. Pirates
20. Athletics
21. Royals
22. Tigers
23. Cardinals
24. Dodgers
25. Orioles
26. Angels

Compensation Picks

27. Rockies          
28. Braves
29. Blue Jays
30. Yankees
31. Giants
32. Pirates
33. Royals
34. Tigers
35. Dodgers
36. Orioles

Competitive Balance Round A

37. Astros    
38. Rockies
39. Cardinals
40. Brewers
41. Padres
42. Indians

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Duffy Avoids Arbitration With Royals

Feb 6, 2015 2:23 PM

The Kansas City Royals have agreed to a one-year, $2.425 million with Danny Duffy, avoiding arbitration.

Duffy, 26, was 9-12 with a 2.53 ERA in 25 starts and six relief appearances last season for Kansas City.

The left-hander can earn $25,000 in performance bonuses under Friday's agreement: $10,000 for 20 starts and $15,000 more for 25. He would get a $50,000 bonus if he's an All-Star.

Associated Press

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Royals, Moustakas Agree On $2.64M Contract

Feb 3, 2015 4:13 PM

The Kansas City Royals and Mike Moustakas have agreed to a one-year, $2.64 million deal for 2015.

Moustakas would earn a $10,000 bonus under Tuesday's deal if he has 550 or more plate appearances.

The 26-year-old hit .212 with 21 doubles and 54 RBIs last year, when he made $549,000. He had asked for $3.1 million in arbitration and had been offered $1.85 million.

Associated Press

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Agents: Shields Should Consider Lesser Offer

Feb 2, 2015 8:03 AM

The market for James Shields has crumbled, leaving rival agents to suggest that the veteran right-hander accept a lesser contract.

"Rival agents are now saying that if Shields has a good three-year offer, perhaps with some kind of vesting option for a fourth year, that would be something that should be seriously considered," writes Buster Olney.

It was reported several weeks ago that Shields had a $110 million offer in hand.

Buster Olney/ESPN

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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.

ESPN

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Butler Already Thinking About Possible Return To Royals
Billy Butler signed a three-year deal with the Athletics this offseason, but he's looking towards a return to the Royals late in his career.

Tod Palmer/Kansas City Star

Moore: 'Doubtful' Royals Will Re-Sign Shields
At this point, it's "doubtful" that the Royals will re-sign James Shields.

Joey Nowak/MLB

Executive 'Can't Imagine' Shields Getting Less Than $80M
James Shields remains on the free agent market as the best pitching option available.

Jayson Stark/ESPN

Royals Give Yost Extension Through 2016
Ned Yost managed the Royals to their first World Series appearance since 1985.

Associated Press

Blue Jays Aren't Negotiating With Shields
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports has reported that Toronto may enter the fray if the right-hander's price drops.

Buster Olney/ESPN

Report: Norichika Aoki Seeking Three-Year Deal
The Orioles and Giants remain a possibility for outfielder Norichika Aoki.

Boston Globe

Teams May Balk At Shields Asking Price Of Five-Years, $100M
Several teams may bow out of the running for James Shields at the expected price.

MLB.com

Market For James Shields Remains Unknown
The Red Sox don't seem to be a significant player in the sweepstakes for James Shields.

MLB.com

Royals, Ryan Madson Agree To Deal
Ryan Madson hasn't pitched in the major leagues since 2011 because of elbow problems.

ESPN.com

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.

MLB.com

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.

ESPN.com