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Yankees Could Have Acquired Zobrist From A's For Refsnyder, Warren

Oct 8, 2015 3:48 PM

Brian Cashman and the New York Yankees turned down the opportunity to trade for Ben Zobrist from the Oakland A's.

The Yankees turned down an offer of Zobrist for Adam Warren and Rob Refsnyder.

The A's eventually traded Zobrist to the Kansas City Royals and has played well, but Refsnyder and Warren appear to be key components of the Yankees moving forward.

Chad Jennings/The Journal News

Tags: Kansas City Royals, New York Yankees, Oakland Athletics, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Royals Claim First Division Title In 30 Years

Sep 25, 2015 7:30 AM

The Kansas City Royals are division championships for the first time in 30 years.

Kansas City defeated the Seattle Mariners 10-4 on Thursday night to clinch the American League Central crown.

"I've felt all along we would win this division," Ned Yost said. "I've got my eyes on a much bigger prize. This is the first step of it."

It is Kansas City's first division title since 1985, when George Brett led the Royals to the AL West crown en route to their only World Series championship.

"It's a huge accomplishment," Ben Zobrist said. "It hasn't been done here for a long time. There's a lot of guys in this clubhouse I've talked to that have toiled for years to get to this point, to win the division. For them to do it, you can see the kind of sigh of relief, the excitement in the organization."

Associated Press

Tags: Kansas City Royals, Misc Rumor, Team Achievement

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Greg Holland Shut Down With Elbow Injury

Sep 24, 2015 6:27 PM

The Kansas City Royals have shut down Greg Holland because of a right elbow injury.

Holland, who will not pitch again this season, will see Dr. Neal ElAttrache of the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles next week to determine the severity of the injury.

Some reports have indicated that the closer could require Tommy John surgery.

Associated Press

Tags: Kansas City Royals, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Royals Replace Greg Holland With Wade Davis At Closer

Sep 23, 2015 7:14 AM

The Kansas City Royals have removed Greg Holland from ninth inning duties and replaced him with Wade Davis.

Holland is nursing a sore elbow, leading Ned Yost to announce Tuesday that Davis will close for the remainder of the regular season and playoffs.

"You know what you've got with Wade," Yost said. "With Holly you don't know from one day to the next how his elbow is going to respond, if it's going to be tight or sore or stiff.

"You've got to pretty much know what you're going to put out there, especially when you get in the playoffs," he added. "It's just decisions we have to make, but they are not easy decisions, trust me. But we just have other options."

Holland's velocity had dipped from the mid-90s in terms of of miles per hour to the upper 80s and low 90s.

Associated Press

Tags: Kansas City Royals, Misc Rumor

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Greg Holland Switches To Boras Corporation

Sep 17, 2015 6:59 AM

Greg Holland has switched representation and is now a client of the Boras Corporation.

The 29-year-old reliever will hit arbitration for the final time this offseason, meaning he's just one year from free agency.

Holland has been a vital part of the Kansas City Royals' rise to prominence in the American League.

Tim Dierkes/MLB Trade Rumors

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

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Greg Holland's Decreasing Velocity Concerns Royals

Sep 14, 2015 4:59 PM

There may be some cause for concern surrounding Greg Holland as the Kansas City Royals ready for the playoffs.

The reliever has a 2.45 ERA and 1.78 FIP over the last month, but his velocity is another story.

Holland was throwing around 95 mph at the start of the season and peaked at 96 mph in early August. He has dipped near 91 mph as of late. His strikeout percentage was 27.3 through August 14, but it has dropped twenty percent since.

The Royals gave Holland 10 days off after he pitched back-to-back on Aug. 27 and 28 because of what Ned Yost called a "cranky arm."

Mike Petriello/MLB

Tags: Kansas City Royals, Misc Rumor

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Royals Determine Johnny Cueto's Shoulder Is Flying Open

Sep 14, 2015 4:49 PM

Kansas City Royals pitching coach Dave Eiland has concluded that Johnny Cueto's struggles can, at least in part, be attributed to his delivery.

Eiland, who held a video meeting with Cueto before his start against the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday night, "concluded that he was flying open -- his left shoulder turning too soon in his delivery -- and that was causing his pitches to flatten out, especially his cutter," writes Dave Schoenfield.

Despite the recent session, Cueto allowed four home runs to Baltimore, increasing concern as Kansas City prepares for the playoffs. The right-hander has been a disaster on the mound since firing a shutout in his home debut.

Cueto has a 9.57 ERA over his last five outings.

David Schoenfield/ESPN

Tags: Kansas City Royals, Misc Rumor, Stats

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Royals Set New Single-Season Attendance Mark

Sep 10, 2015 7:12 AM

The Kansas City Royals broke the franchise attendance record of 2,477,700 (1989), when fan No. 2,477,701 entered Kauffman Stadium for Wednesday night's game against the Minnesota Twins.

Wednesday's announced crowd of 32,286 pushed the season total to 2,506,913.

"It's a special accomplishment for our fans, our community, the players and the entire organization," Dayton Moore said. "We thought this was something important from Day One to get some energy from our fanbase, which has always been very supportive and passionate. To be able to put a product on the field that they endorse is a special feeling.

"It's something we can all cherish and celebrate together."

Jeffrey Flanagan/MLB

Tags: Kansas City Royals, Misc Rumor

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Brandon Finnegan: Royals 'Screwed Me Over This Year'

Sep 8, 2015 7:15 AM

Brandon Finnegan, who was part of the package the Kansas City Royals sent the Cincinnati Reds for Johnny Cueto, isn't happy with how his former team used him this season.

The Royals used Finnegan as both a starter and reliever prior to the trade.

"The Royals kind of screwed me over this year," Finnegan said. "I wouldn't have done what I did if it wasn't for them last year. But you could tell they just didn't have a clue what to do with me."

The Reds declared Finnegan a starter when they acquired him in July. He started games at TCU and later in 2014 with the Royals. In a surprise move Cincinnati will promote him on Tuesday and use him out of the bullpen.

"I like starting," said Finnegan, selected 17th overall by the Royals in the June draft last year. "Once I'm in that mentality, it's one of those things where it can get pretty scary for other people. Getting back into it has been tough, but I've got a great team to do it with. These guys have been very welcoming."

Jonathan Lintner/Courier-Journal

Tags: Kansas City Royals, Cincinnati Reds, Misc Rumor

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Royals Promote Joba Chamberlain, Louis Coleman

Sep 7, 2015 6:09 PM

The Royals have purchased the contracts of right-handed relievers Joba Chamberlain and Louis Coleman from Triple-A Omaha on Monday.

Chamberlain, who is 25-21 with seven saves in 359 big league appearances with the Yankees and Tigers was 1-0 with a 6.43 ERA with the Storm Chasers, but allowed one earned run and seven hits in seven innings over his final seven appearances.


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Royals Believe Chicken Pox Limited To Two Players
The Royals are confident no other players will develop chickenpox after Kelvin Herrera and Alex Rios were diagnosed last weekend.

Associated Press

Two Royals Will Miss Time With Chicken Pox
There is concern that other members of the club may contract chicken pox, which could cause the American League Central leaders to stumble.

Associated Press

Royals To Acquire Jonny Gomes
Jonny Gomes signed a one-year, $4 million deal with the Braves this past offseason.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Alex Gordon Close To Rejoining Royals
Alex Gordon has missed almost two months with a strained left groin.


Royals Will Take Shot At Re-Signing Alex Gordon
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 Royals.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Ausmus Believes Cueto's Delivery Is Sometimes Illegal
Brad Ausmus complained to plate umpire Joe West that Johnny Cueto's delivery was illegal and later offered his thoughts to reporters on Monday night.


Reds Had Cueto Trade Done With Another Team Before Royals Stepped In
Walt Jocketty told MLB Network Radio that he nearly dealt Johnny Cueto to an undisclosed team before the Royals stepped in with a better offer.

MLB Network Radio

Volquez Calls Donaldson 'A Little Baby'
Benches cleared in Sunday's game between the Royals and Blue Jays.


Royals Trade Joe Blanton To Pirates
Joe Blanton, 34, was designated for assignment in the wake of Kansas City's trade for Johnny Cueto.

Associated Press

Source: Royals Acquire Zobrist From A's
The Royals have acquired Ben Zobrist from the Athletics, according to a source.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Royals Interested In Martin Prado
The Royals have interest in acquiring Martin Prado from the Marlins.

Jon Morosi/FOX Sports

Royals Send Finnegan, Two Prospects To Reds For Cueto
Johnny Cueto is 7-6 with a 2.62 ERA this season.


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

Andy McCullough/Kansas City Star

Royals, Astros Have Las Vegas Concerned
Las Vegas sports books are worried about the Royals and Astros as the Major League Baseball season winds down.

David Purdum/ESPN

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

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