Kansas City Royals Wiretap

Royals Name Ventura Opening Day Starter

Mar 26, 2015 10:08 AM

The Kansas City Royals have picked Yordano Ventura to start their season opener against the Chicago White Sox.

Ventura, 23, went 14-10 with a 3.20 ERA as a rookie last season and tossed seven scoreless innings to beat the San Francisco Giants in Game 6 of the World Series.

Ned Yost says Danny Duffy and Edinson Volquez will follow Ventura in the rotation.

Associated Press

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Forbes: Average MLB Team Worth $1.2B

Mar 26, 2015 10:02 AM

The average Major League Baseball team is worth $1.2 billion, according to Forbes.

The valuation represents a 48 percent increase from last year.

The reason for the growth is the national television deal, which the magazine notes will deliver an average of $52 million per team per year through the 2021 season.

The New York Yankees are worth $3.2 billion, tops on the list and just the second United States sports franchise to eclipse the $3 billion mark. The Dallas Cowboys were estimated to be worth $3.2 billion by Forbes last August.

Darren Rovell/ESPN

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Royals, Gordon Haven't Discussed Extension

Mar 19, 2015 5:06 PM

Alex Gordon is entering the final guaranteed year of his contract, but hasn't discussed a new deal with the Kansas City Royals.

"I love it here. This is where I want to play," Gordon said. "But you have to realize the situation. Maybe it won't happen, maybe it will."

Gordon has a $13.25 million player option for 2016 that he said last month he hadn't decided on.

Sam Mellinger/Kansas City Star

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

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Royals, Furcal Reach Minor League Deal

Mar 18, 2015 4:33 PM

The Kansas City Royals have agreed to a Minor League contract with Rafael Furcal.

Furcal will earn $1.25 million if he's in the Major Leagues, plus $250,000 in incentives.

The 37-year-old isn't with the team in big league camp and is instead rehabbing in minor league camp.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

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

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Tim Collins Has Tommy John Surgery

Mar 12, 2015 6:47 PM

Tim Collins has undergone season-ending Tommy John surgery.

The Kansas City Royals said Thursday the 25-year-old was operated on a day earlier by Dr. James Andrews.

"Timmy threw a curveball, and that's when he first started feeling it," Ned Yost said last week. "Then he threw seven or pitches after and it kept getting tighter."

Associated Press

Tags: Kansas City Royals, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Royals Sign Chris Young To One-Year Deal

Mar 7, 2015 12:50 PM

The Royals announced today that the club has signed right-handed pitcher Chris Young to a one-year, Major League contract.  In a corresponding roster move, the Royals have placed right-handed pitcher Kris Medlen on the 60-day disabled list.

Young, 35, pitched for the Mariners last season, posting a 12-9 record with a 3.65 ERA (67 ER in 165.0 IP) and ranked eighth in the A.L. with a .234 opponents’ batting average (143-for-612).  He was named the American League’s Comeback Player of the Year by The Sporting News after not pitching in the Major Leagues during the 2013 season.  

Press Release

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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.

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Herrera, Royals Finalizing Two-Year, $4.15M Deal
The 25-year-old reliever was vital of Kansas City's playoff run in 2014.

Andy McCullough/Kansas City Star

2015 MLB Draft Order Set
The order for the 2015 Major League Baseball draft is set now that James Shields has reached a deal with the Padres.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Duffy Avoids Arbitration With Royals
The Royals have agreed to a one-year, $2.425 million with Danny Duffy.

Associated Press

Royals, Moustakas Agree On $2.64M Contract
Mike Moustakas would earn a $10,000 bonus under Tuesday's deal if he has 550 or more plate appearances.

Associated Press

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

Buster Olney/ESPN

Royals Agree To $1.225M Deal With Dyson
Jarrod Dyson has avoided arbitration with the Royals by agreeing to a one-year, $1.225 million contract for 2015.


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.


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


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


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