Kansas City Royals Wiretap

Royals, Danny Duffy Open To Contract Extension

Aug 22, 2016 8:01 AM

The Kansas City Royals and Danny Duffy have yet to engage in negotiations on a long-term contract extension, but both sides are willing and talks could take place after the season.

Dayton Moore said talks would be held "at the appropriate time," while adding that "Danny has been a very important part of our organization and our pitching staff, and we'll work very hard to keep him a part of what we're doing going forward."

Duffy is also excited at the prospect of spending potentially his entire career in Kansas City.

"I don't picture myself wearing anything but a Royals jersey. ... I'm not trying to pull out the violin, but I want to be here," he said. "They've been really good to me, good to my family. And it would just be absolutely devastating if I ever had to leave. In a perfect world, I would be here forever."

Duffy, who turns 28 in December, is arbitration-eligible for the third and final time this coming offseason and he’ll be a free agent following the 2017 campaign. 

Rustin Dodd/Kansas City Star

Tags: Kansas City Royals, Free Agent Rumor

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Kendrys Morales Fined And Suspended One Game

Aug 4, 2016 3:39 PM

Major League Baseball has fined and suspended Kendrys Morales for one game for his actions following a ninth-inning ejection, which included returning to the field.

The amount of the fine wasn't disclosed.

Morales was ejected during Wednesday night's Kansas City Royals-Tampa Bay Rays game.

He has appealed the ruling and was in the lineup for the Royals on Thursday.

Associated Press

Tags: Kansas City Royals, Suspension

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Dayton Moore Wants To Give Royals Chance To Rebound

Aug 2, 2016 4:53 PM

The Kansas City Royals decided not to shake up their roster ahead of the non-waiver trade deadline because Dayton Moore wants to give his players a chance to rebound from a poor first-half.

"We just felt that we trust our players," Dayton Moore said. "They've done an outstanding job getting us to a point where we've won, and we want to give them a chance to dig back out of this mess that we're in."

The Royals are 50-55 after totaling just seven win in July.


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Sam Mellinger/Kansas City Star

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Danny Duffy Sets Royals Record With 16 Ks

Aug 2, 2016 7:34 AM

Danny Duffy pitched eight innings of one-hit baseball on Monday night, setting a Kansas City Royals record with 16 strikeouts against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Duffy flirted with a no-hitter, which would have been Kansas City's first in 25 years, before giving up a double to Desmond Jennings to lead off the eighth inning.

"There's been a number of occasions when Danny's stepped on the mound and I said this might be the night," Ned Yost said. "But when he got through the seventh I thought this MAY be the night."

Associated Press

Tags: Kansas City Royals, Stats

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Royals Send Brett Eiber To A's For Billy Burns

Jul 30, 2016 6:10 PM

The Royals announced today that they have acquired outfielder Billy Burns from the Athletics in exchange for outfielder Brett Eibner. Burns is currently at Nashville (AAA) and will be assigned to the Royals’ Triple-A affiliate, Omaha.

Burns, 26, has played in each of the last three Major League seasons with the A’s and is batting .234 with 11 doubles, four triples, 14 stolen bases and 32 runs scored in 73 games this year. His 14 steals are tied for eighth in the American League. 

Press Release

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

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Royals Attempting To Package Ian Kennedy In Wade Davis Trade

Jul 28, 2016 4:59 PM

Looking to capitalize on the demand for Wade Davis, the Kansas City Royals would like to package Ian Kennedy in a deal over the coming days.

The Los Angeles Dodgers are one team with noted interest in Davis.

Kennedy signed a five-year, $70 million deal with Kansas City this past offseason.

Jeff Passan/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Kansas City Royals, Trade Rumor

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Trade For Wade Davis "Interests" Dodgers

Jul 28, 2016 8:08 AM

The Los Angeles Dodgers have an elite closer in Kenley Jansen, but that doesn't mean they aren't looking to fortify their bullpen.

Wade Davis "interests" the Dodgers, according to Jon Heyman of Today's Knuckleball.

Davis, 30, who has also been linked to the Washington Nationals, has been a staple in late innings for the Kansas City Royals in recent seasons.

He also carries a $10 million option for 2017, which would provide L.A. with insurance should Jansen leave in free agency.

Jon Heyman/Today's Knuckleball

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Kansas City Royals, Trade Rumor

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Angels File Official Protest After Loss To Royals

Jul 28, 2016 7:51 AM

Mike Scioscia filed an official protest after the Los Angeles Angels lost 7-5 to the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night.

Scioscia said he is "100 percent" certain the protest would be upheld.

The Angels claim Raul Mondesi ran inside the line on a bunt single in the seventh inning, which led to a throwing error and two runners scoring.

"It's not a judgment call," Scioscia said. "I would not have protested if I was not 100 percent correct on this. This is a misinterpretation of a rule. It was very clear. Phil Cuzzi, the home plate umpire, had Mondesi running inside the line in jeopardy the whole way and stated that it's OK, because he was stepping back toward the bag, which is wrong."

Cuzzi said he couldn't comment because of the pending protest.


Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Kansas City Royals

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Royals Placing High Price On Wade Davis

Jul 25, 2016 4:52 PM

The Kansas City Royals have placed a high price on Wade Davis in trade talks.

The Royals are valuing Davis like the lights-out reliever he was in 2014 and 2015, but he has seen a regression this season.

In talks with the Washington Nationals, sources indicate the Royals asked for Lucas Giolito, one of baseball's top prospects.

Davis is under contract for just $10 million next season.

Jeff Passan/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Kansas City Royals, Trade Rumor

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Rangers Interested In Trading For Edinson Volquez

Jul 25, 2016 7:11 AM

The Texas Rangers are interested in trading for Edinson Volquez, who is in the final season of a two-year with the Kansas City Royals.

Volquez's deal carries a $10 million option for 2017 that can be bought out for $3 million.

He started against Texas on Sunday and the Rangers had a huge contingent on hand to watch him pitch. He allowed one run over six innings.

The Rangers originally signed Volquez as an 18-year-old amateur free agent in 2001. He broke into the Major Leagues with the club in 2005.

Evan Grant/Dallas Morning News

Tags: Texas Rangers, Kansas City Royals, Trade Rumor

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Johnny Cueto Annoyed By Royals' White House Snub
The Royals did not extend an invitation to pitcher Johnny Cueto to join the World Series champions at the White House event last Thursday.

San Jose Mercury News

Padres Pushing Hard To Trade Andrew Cashner
The Padres are widely expected to trade Andrew Cashner before the Aug. 1 non-waiver trade deadline.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Yankees-Royals Discussed Carlos Beltran Deal Earlier This Season
The Yankees and Royals discussed a trade that would have sent Carlos Beltran to the reigning World Series champions earlier this season.

George A. King III/New York Post

Eric Hosmer Named All-Star Game MVP As AL Wins
Eric Hosmer was named MVP of the All-Star Game on Tuesday as he accounted for half of the American League's production in a 4-2 win over the National League.


Indians Claim Tyler Olson Off Waivers From Royals
The Royals had designated pitcher Tyler Olson for assignment on July 5.

Press Release

2016 All-Star Game Starters Announced
Royals catcher Salvador Perez was Major League Baseball's leading vote-getter, while Cubs star Anthony Rizzo led the NL in voting.


Royals Place Wade Davis On DL With Forearm Strain
The Royals have called up pitcher Brooks Pounders from Triple-A Omaha.

Press Release

Royals Request Unconditional Release Waivers On Omar Infante
Kansas City designated Omar Infante for assignment last week.

Rustin Dodd/Kansas City Star

Yordano Ventura Begins Suspension; Manny Machado Drops Appeal
Manny Machado dropped his appeal on Saturday and will begin a four-game suspension on Sunday.


Manny Machado's Appeal Reportedly Set For Tuesday
Manny Machado's hearing to appeal his four-game suspension from last week's on-field fight with Yordano Ventura will be on Tuesday, according to a report.


Royals Designate Omar Infante For Assignment
The Royals have designated Omar Infante for assignment, filling his roster spot with left-hander Brian Flynn.

Jeffrey Flanagan/FOX Sports

Phillies Take Mickey Moniak; MLB Draft Round 1 Results
The Phillies used the first overall pick on California high school outfielder Mickey Moniak.

RealGM Staff Report

Yordano Ventura Suspended Nine Games; Manny Machado Gets Four
Yordano Ventura, who threw at Manny Machado to kick off the fight, will appeal the suspension.

RealGM Staff Report

Source: Yordano Ventura Trade Rumors Are 'Complete And Utter Nonsense'
A source is strongly denying reports that the Royals have shopped Yordano Ventura in trade talks over the past month, according to MLB's Jeffrey Flanagan.

Jeffrey Flanagan/MLB

Royals Recently Offered Yordano Ventura In Trades
The Royals have offered Yordano Ventura in trades within the last month, according to two baseball executives.

Jeff Passan/Yahoo! Sports

Yordano Ventura, Manny Machado Ejected After Brawl
Manny Machado and Yordano Ventura were both ejected Tuesday night following a bench-clearing melee between the Orioles and Royals that began when Ventura threw at Machado.

Eddie Matz/ESPN

Salvador Perez Leads AL All-Star Voting In First Return
The Royals catcher, who also led the league in votes last season, has received 1,094,942 votes.

RealGM Staff Report

Salvador Perez Out 7-10 Days With Quad Injury
Salvador Perez's MRI confirmed the thigh injury was a contusion.


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


Yordano Ventura Has Higher BB Percentage Than K Percentage
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 Royals.

Owen Watson/Fangraphs