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Royals Will Take Shot At Re-Signing Alex Gordon

Aug 14, 2015 5:02 PM

Alex Gordon is expected to turn down his $12.5 million player option for 2016, but that doesn't mean he's done with the Kansas City Royals.

The Royals are determined to take a shot at re-signing the outfielder. They'd love to make him a lifetime Royal, but he could prove to be too expensive if his market value climbs north of $100 million.

Gordon is currently recovering from an injury on the disabled list.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Tags: Kansas City Royals, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Ausmus Believes Cueto's Delivery Is Sometimes Illegal

Aug 11, 2015 7:11 AM

Brad Ausmus believes that Johnny Cueto's sometimes-funky delivery is illegal.

Ausmus complained to plate umpire Joe West that Cueto's delivery was illegal and later offered his thoughts to reporters on Monday night. The Detroit Tigers manager believes that the Kansas City Royals hurler sometimes stops his delivery.

"Really, the way the rule reads, you're not supposed to even alter your motion," Ausmus said. "That's the way the rule reads. They don't enforce it. Well, he said if he stops it's an illegal pitch."

Cueto threw a four-hitter against the Tigers on Monday night.

"Cueto didn't miss in the heart of the plate too much tonight," Nick Castellanos said. "He did a good job of working in and out, up and down, changing speeds, and holding and shaking and quick pitching."

ESPN

Tags: Detroit Tigers, Kansas City Royals, Misc Rumor

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Reds Had Cueto Trade Done With Another Team Before Royals Stepped In

Aug 7, 2015 7:06 AM

Walt Jocketty told MLB Network Radio that he nearly dealt Johnny Cueto to an undisclosed team before the Kansas City Royals stepped in with a better offer.

"We had the Cueto deal done, then another team came in, and I was actually able to get a little more out of the Royals," Jocketty said.

The prize of the deal for the Cincinnati Reds was left-hander Brandon Finnegan.

"The plan is to develop him at Louisville as a starter the rest of the Minor League season," Jocketty said.

MLB Network Radio

Tags: Cincinnati Reds, Kansas City Royals, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Volquez Calls Donaldson 'A Little Baby'

Aug 3, 2015 7:40 AM

Benches cleared in Sunday's game between the Kansas City Royals and Toronto Blue Jays.

The dugouts and bullpens emptied in the eighth inning when Toronto reliever Aaron Sanchez was ejected for hitting Kansas City's Alcides Escobar on the thigh.

The teams had been going back-and-forth since Edinson Volquez hit Josh Donaldson on the left shoulder in the first.

Volquez didn't mince words when asked whether Donaldson overreacted to being hit and to a pair of later pitches that were up and in.

"He's a little baby," Volquez said. "He was crying like a baby."

Donaldson and Volquez traded stares and words as the hitter took a slow walk to first base after being hit. Home plate umpire Jim Wolf warned both dugouts.

When Donaldson batted again in the third, Volquez missed high and inside with a pitch that sailed to the backstop. John Gibbons came out to argue but Volquez was not ejected.

"Our guy loses a two-seamer and hits a guy in the knee when we've had four balls thrown at our neck the entire day and our guy gets ejected, it just doesn't seem proper," Donaldson said.

ESPN

Tags: Kansas City Royals, Toronto Blue Jays, Misc Rumor

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Royals Trade Joe Blanton To Pirates

Jul 30, 2015 6:56 AM

The Kansas City Royals have traded Joe Blanton to the Pittsburgh Pirates for cash considerations.

Blanton, 34, was designated for assignment in the wake of Kansas City's trade for Johnny Cueto.

He was 2-2 with a 3.89 ERA in four starts and 11 relief appearances this season.

Associated Press

Tags: Kansas City Royals, Pittsburgh Pirates, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Source: Royals Acquire Zobrist From A's

Jul 28, 2015 2:33 PM

The Kansas City Royals have acquired Ben Zobrist from the Oakland Athletics, according to a source.

Reports are indicating that Oakland will receive Sean Manaea and Aaron Brooks from Kansas City.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Tags: Kansas City Royals, Oakland Athletics, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Royals Interested In Martin Prado

Jul 27, 2015 7:22 AM

The Kansas City Royals have interest in acquiring Martin Prado from the Miami Marlins.

Prado, 31, recently returned from a shoulder injury and is hitting .277/.316/.374 in 308 plate appearances this season.

He is making $11 million this season and next, but the New York Yankees are paying $3 million each year.

Jon Morosi/FOX Sports

Tags: Kansas City Royals, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Royals Send Finnegan, Two Prospects To Reds For Cueto

Jul 26, 2015 12:55 PM

The Royals acquired Johnny Cueto in a trade with Reds on Sunday, sending three prospects to the Reds for a ace for the front of their rotation.

The Royals also received cash considerations in the deal, which saw Kansas City send left-handers Brandon Finnegan, John Lamb and Cody Reed to Cincinnati.

ESPN.com

Tags: Kansas City Royals, Cincinnati Reds, Misc Rumor, Official Trade, Terms Agreement

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Royals Option Yordano Ventura

Jul 21, 2015 4:38 PM

The Kansas City Royals have optioned Yordano Ventura to Triple-A.

The 24-year-old right-hander broke out last season as one of baseball's best young arms.

Kansas City locked Ventura up with a five-year, $23 million deal prior to the 2015 season.

However, Ventura has pitched to a 5.19 ERA over 76 1/3 innings this year.

Andy McCullough/Kansas City Star

Tags: Kansas City Royals, Misc Rumor

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Royals, Astros Have Las Vegas Concerned

Jul 17, 2015 6:51 AM

Las Vegas sports books are worried about the Kansas City Royals and Houston Astros as the Major League Baseball season winds down.

The Royals are the consensus World Series favorites in Vegas. They are listed at 4-1 at the MGM sportsbook and have been attracting some significant wagers since early in the season.

"We took some pretty heavy action on the Royals the first weekend of the season," MGM vice president of race and sports Jay Rood said. "A gentleman bet them three times, at 18-1, 15-1 and 10-1, all the way down, between $25,000 and $30,000 a pop."

The Astros, after opening at 100-1, are down to 8-1 at MGM.

"We're on the hook for a seven-figure risk at 100-1 [on the Astros]," Rood said.

David Purdum/ESPN

Tags: Kansas City Royals, Houston Astros, Misc Rumor

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Royals Hoping Miguel Almonte Will Bolster Bullpen In September
The Royals have promoted Miguel Almonte to Triple-A Omaha. They are hoping the 22-year-old right-hander could contribute in the Major Leagues as a reliever in September.

Andy McCullough/Kansas City Star

Angels, Mariners, Royals Interested In Justin Upton
Justin Upton is believed to be the best hitter available on the trade market and he has drawn trade interest from the Angels, Mariners and Royals.

Jim Bowden/ESPN

Mariners, Red Sox Interested In Jason Frasor
Jason Frasor was designated for assignment by the Royals and opted for free agency.

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

All-Star Game Starting Lineups Announced
The AL lineup is exclusively right-handed, marking the first time ever that the AL has not had a left-handed hitter or a switch-hitter in its starting lineup.

Press Release

Royals Request Release Waivers On Jason Frasor
The Royals had designated pitcher Jason Frasor for assignment on July 6.

Press Release

Royals Off To Best Start In 35 Years
Kansas City also improved to 48-33, their best record through 81 games since 1980.

David Schoenfield/ESPN

Should Royals Go After Johnny Cueto?
The Royals have a 4.5-game lead in the American League Central, but Christina Kahrl writes that Dayton Moore should look to acquire Johnny Cueto ahead of the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

Christina Kahrl/ESPN

All-Star Game Starters Announced
Josh Donaldson sets the all-time single-season voting record, while Bryce Harper finishes as the top NL vote-getter.

Press Release

Twins To Start Ervin Santana On Sunday
Pitcher Ervin Santana has been reinstated after an 80-game drug suspension.

ESPN.com

Royals Have Interest In Cueto, Leake, Zobrist
The Royals are looking for upgrades on the trade market and have cast a wide net.

Jon Morosi/FOX Sports

Cabrera Overtakes Hosmer In All-Star Voting
Miguel Cabrera has overtaken Eric Hosmer in the latest results of All-Star fan voting, leaving seven Royals on track to start the game next month.

Associated Press

Big Papi Moves Into 29th On Career HR List
David Ortiz homered on Sunday to move past Stan Musial and Willie Stargell on the all-time home run list.

ESPN.com

Red Sox Claim Erik Kratz Off Waivers From Royals
Catcher Erik Kratz was designated for assignment by the Royals on June 11.

Press Release

Royals To Discuss Extension With Salvador Perez
The Royals are expected to talk with Salvador Perez about a renegotiation or extension either later this season or in the coming winter.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Manfred Open To Changing All-Star Voting System
Rob Manfred says it's too early to be worried about results of fan voting for next month's All-Star Game but noted his office is open to change if the system proves flawed.

ESPN

Royals Place Jason Vargas On DL; Recall Brandon Finnegan
Royals left-handed pitcher Jason Vargas has a left flexor strain.

Press Release

Oklahoma Leads All Schools With 11 Drafted Players
The University of Oklahoma had 11 players selected in the 2015 Major League Baseball draft this week, the most of any school.

RealGM Staff Report

Pitchers Represent 52 Percent Of 2015 Draft Picks
Overall, pitchers made up more than 52 percent of the selections. 633 hurlers were drafted (462 right-handers and 171 lefties). Positions players were taken with 582 picks.

RealGM Staff Report

Position Players Dominate First Round Of MLB Draft
The first round of Major League Baseball's First-Year Player Draft was dominated by shortstops, who went 1-2-3, but position players were a hot commodity overall.

RealGM Staff Report

First Round Nearly Split Between College, High School Players
Of the 36 first-round selections, 19 were out of college and 17 were from high school.

RealGM Staff Report

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