Kansas City Royals Wiretap

Royals Willing To Listen To Offers For Key Players

Dec 5, 2016 8:57 AM

The Kansas City Royals have several important players scheduled to hit free agency after next season and they aren't planning to simply stand pat.

They are willing to listen to offers for several soon-to-be free agents and even a few players that are under control beyond 2017.

The belief is that the Royals would entertain trading Danny Duffy, Wade Davis, Lorenzo Cain, Mike Moustakas, Alcides Escobar, Ian Kennedy and Yordano Ventura.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Tags: Kansas City Royals, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Bud Selig, John Schuerholz Elected To HOF

Dec 4, 2016 7:58 PM

Bud Selig spent 22 years as the commissioner of baseball. John Schuerholz built World Series champions in Atlanta and Kansas City. Sunday night, they were elected together to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

ESPN.com

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Kansas City Royals, Misc Rumor, Personal Award

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Royals Sign Drew Butera To Two-Year, $3.8M Deal

Nov 19, 2016 1:13 AM

The Royals signed veteran catcher Drew Butera to a $3.8 million, two-year contract Friday, keeping him as the primary backup to four-time All-Star Salvador Perez.

Butera will make $1.5 million this season and $2.3 million next season.

The 33-year-old Butera appeared in 56 games last season, setting career-bests with a .285 average, four homers and a .480 slugging percentage.

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Tags: Kansas City Royals, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Giants 'Legitimately Intrigued' By Greg Holland

Nov 4, 2016 7:41 AM

The San Francisco Giants are "legitimately intrigued" by Greg Holland and will attend his upcoming showcase, according to a report.

Scott Boras says Holland is throwing in the low 90s and will audition within the next week.

Holland, formerly the closer for the Kansas City Royals, missed the 2016 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery near the end of the 2015 season.

Andrew Baggarly/San Jose Mercury News

Tags: San Francisco Giants, Kansas City Royals, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Royals Plan To Decline Edinson Volquez’s Option

Oct 7, 2016 7:57 AM

The Kansas City Royals plan to decline the $10 million mutual option on Edinson Volquez's contract in favor of a $3 million buyout, according to a report.

The Royals are looking to decrease their payroll and letting Volquez walk would trim $7 million from the 2017 bill.

Kansas City set a franchise record with a $144 million payroll this season.

Jon Heyman/Fan Rag

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

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Royals Expect Payroll To Decrease In 2017

Oct 4, 2016 4:57 PM

The Kansas City Royals expect their payroll to decrease for the 2017 season, according to Dayton Moore.

The Royals still plan to contend after a disappointing season, but there will be monetary restraints.

Kansas City had an Opening Day payroll of approximately $135 million and are projected to land near that for next season.

"This [2016] payroll was put together with going deep in the postseason [in mind]," said Moore. "That didn't happen. Again, I'm accountable for that. It's not going to look very good on the spreadsheet when the bill comes due."

Rustin Dodd/Kansas City Star

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Edinson Volquez Hopes To Return To Royals, Will Consider Option

Sep 22, 2016 8:09 AM

Edinson Volquez hopes to remain with the Kansas City Royals past this season.

Volquez suggested that he is tempted to exercise his end of a $10 million option, though he'll assess the market after the season.

The Royals would have to pay him a $3 million buyout if they don't pick up their end of the option.

Rustin Dodd/Kansas City Star

Tags: Kansas City Royals, Free Agent Rumor

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Jose Abreu: Royals Have More 'Desire' Than White Sox

Sep 20, 2016 4:19 PM

Jose Abreu believes he knows the difference between the Chicago White Sox and Kansas City Royals and it's not about talent.

Abreu says the difference between the two American League Central clubs is "desire."

The slugger took responsibility for that assessment, saying that he needed to improve his on-field approach and help lead the team in that regard.

Dan Hayes/CSN Chicago

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

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Twins Interview Royals' J.J. Picollo For Front Office Role

Sep 14, 2016 6:34 AM

The Minnesota Twins recently interviewed Kansas City Royals vice president/assistant general manager J.J. Picollo for a front office role.

The meeting took place when the Royals were in Minnesota and with the blessing of Dayton Moore.

Picollo reportedly interviewed for the president of baseball operations role.

Mike Berardino/Pioneer Press

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Royals, Cain At Odds Over Ailing Wrist

Sep 11, 2016 1:46 AM

The Royals want to wait a week before deciding whether to shut down Lorenzo Cain. The outfielder may or may not agree.

Cain returned Friday from a sprained wrist, but was basically swinging one-handed. He was back sidelined Saturday, and while manager Ned Yost said before the game Cain will likely have to play through pain, Cain told Fox Sports Kansas City that it was "highly likely" he was finished for the season.

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Royals Acquire Daniel Nava From Angels
The Royals have acquired Daniel Nava from the Angels for a player to be named later or cash.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Royals, Danny Duffy Open To Contract Extension
The 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.

Rustin Dodd/Kansas City Star

Kendrys Morales Fined And Suspended One Game
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.

Associated Press

Dayton Moore Wants To Give Royals Chance To Rebound
The 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.

Sam Mellinger/Kansas City Star

Danny Duffy Sets Royals Record With 16 Ks
Danny Duffy pitched eight innings of one-hit baseball on Monday night, setting a Royals record with 16 strikeouts against the Rays.

Associated Press

Royals Send Brett Eiber To A's For Billy Burns
Outfielder Billy Burns will be assigned to the Royals' Triple-A affiliate, Omaha.

Press Release

Royals Attempting To Package Ian Kennedy In Wade Davis Trade
Looking to capitalize on the demand for Wade Davis, the Royals would like to package Ian Kennedy in a deal over the coming days.

Jeff Passan/Yahoo! Sports

Trade For Wade Davis "Interests" Dodgers
The Dodgers have an elite closer in Kenley Jansen, but that doesn't mean they aren't looking to fortify their bullpen.

Jon Heyman/Today's Knuckleball

Angels File Official Protest After Loss To Royals
Mike Scioscia filed an official protest after the Angels lost 7-5 to the Royals on Wednesday night.

ESPN

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

Jeff Passan/Yahoo! Sports

Rangers Interested In Trading For Edinson Volquez
The Rangers are interested in trading for Edinson Volquez, who is in the final season of a two-year with the Royals.

Evan Grant/Dallas Morning News

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.

ESPN

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.

ESPN.com

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.

ESPN.com