Kansas City Royals Wiretap

Royals To Sign Volquez For $20M

Dec 17, 2014 8:39 PM

The Kansas City Royals will sign Edinson Volquez to a two-year, $20 million contract.

The 31-year-old earned the deal after a strong 2014 season with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

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

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Alex Rios, Royals Agree To $11M Deal

Dec 16, 2014 7:18 AM

The Kansas City Royals have agreed to terms with Alex Rios on a one-year, $11 million contract, according to two sources.

Rios hit .280 for the Texas Rangers in 2014, but had just four home runs and 54 RBIs in 131 games.

He will take over in right field with the departure of Nori Aoki in free agency.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

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

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Kendrys Morales To Sign With Royals

Dec 11, 2014 1:53 PM

The Kansas City Royals have agreed to a two-year, $17 million deal with Kendrys Morales.

Morales can earn an additional $750,000 each season through incentives.

The Royals are replacing Billy Butler, their long-time designated hitter.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

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

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Royals Shopping Omar Infante

Dec 10, 2014 6:47 PM

The Kansas City Royals are making Omar Infante available via trade.

Infante signed a four-year contract worth more than $30 million with Kansas City last offseason.

The infielder hit just .252/.295/.337 in 2014 and was below-average defensively.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Tags: Kansas City Royals, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Blue Jays Pursuing Greg Holland

Dec 8, 2014 1:09 PM

Greg Holland can be had for a high price and the Toronto Blue Jays are pursuing him.

Holland had a 1.44 ERA for the Kansas City Royals, converting 46 of 48 save opportunities in 65 games.

The right-hander struck out 90 and walked 20 in 62.1 innings.

Holland earned $4.675 million and is eligible for salary arbitration.

Bob Elliott/Toronto Sun

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

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Blue Jays, Reds, Royals In Mix For Melky Cabrera

Dec 3, 2014 3:56 PM

The Kansas City Royals have been in contact with Melky Cabrera as they look for offense, although he may prove to be too expensive.

The Cincinnati Reds and Toronto Blue Jays have also shown interest in Carbera, while the Seattle Mariners, Baltimore Orioles and Chicago White Sox are contenders as well.

Cabrera hit .301 with 16 home runs and 73 RBI this past season. The 30-year-old is said to be seeking at least a five-year deal.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Tags: Kansas City Royals, Cincinnati Reds, Toronto Blue Jays, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Marlins Send Prospects To Royals For Aaron Crow

Nov 29, 2014 1:45 AM

The Marlins on Friday parted with two pitching prospects to bolster their bullpen, as they acquired right-hander Aaron Crow from the Royals for Brian Flynn and Reid Redman.

In Kansas City, Crow was part of one of the top bullpens, posting a 6-1 mark with a 4.12 ERA and three saves in 59 innings last season. 

MLB.com

Tags: Miami Marlins, Kansas City Royals, Misc Rumor, Official Trade

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Royals, Jason Frasor Agree To One-Year Deal

Nov 29, 2014 1:20 AM

Jason Frasor and the Royals have agreed to a one-year contract with a 2016 mutual option that guarantees the reliever $1.8 million, according to an ESPN.com report on Friday.

The 37-year-old right-hander was acquired from Texas in July and went 3-0 with a 1.53 ERA in 23 games for Kansas City.

ESPN.com

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Ibanez, Cash, Wakamatsu Finalists In Tampa Bay

Nov 22, 2014 2:48 AM

Raul Ibanez, Kevin Cash and Don Wakamatsu are the finalists to replace Joe Maddon as manager of theRays, according to an ESPN.com report.

Dave Martinez, the Rays' bench coach for the past seven seasons, was among seven candidates dropped Friday. Also cut were Barry Larkin, Doug Glanville, Manny Acta, Craig Counsell, Charlie Montoyo and Ron Wotus.

Tampa Bay said interviews with the finalists will be scheduled for the week of Dec. 1. 

ESPN.com

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A's, Billy Butler Agree On Three-Year, $30M Deal

Nov 19, 2014 1:31 AM

Free agent Billy Butler, 28, has agreed to a three-year, $30M deal with the A's, sources told ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney.

The Royals previously paid Butler a $1M buyout rather than exercise their $12.5M option on his contract for the 2015 season, making him a free agent.

ESPN.com

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Multiple Teams Interested In Masterson
Justin Masterson is coming off a disappointing season in which injuries were an issue, but he is still drawing interest.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Donaldson, Carter, Herrera Have Super 2 Status
The trio are among 26 players with less than three years of Major League service who have qualified for salary arbitration.

ESPN

Royals Have Discussed Acquiring Ryan Howard
The Phillies are intent on trading Ryan Howard and the $60 million remaining on his contract.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

Ten Teams Showing Interest In Torii Hunter
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Royals, Twins, Tigers, Cubs, Giants, Rangers and Mariners have all shown some early interest in the veteran outfielder.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

Royals Open To Bringing Billy Butler Back
Just a few months ago the idea of Butler returning to Kansas City seemed impossible.

Sam Mellinger/Kansas City Star

Major Individual Award Finalists Announced
The BWAA has revealed the top three finalists for the American League and National League for Rookie of the Year, Manager of the Year, Cy Young and Most Valuable Player.

MLB

Royals Extend Qualifying Offer To Shields
If a club wants to sign James Shields as a free agent, they'll have to surrender a compensatory draft pick.

Associated Press

Royals Decline Option On Billy Butler
Billy Butler hopes that he'll be able to agree with the Royals on a deal deal for 2015.

ESPN.com

Royals To Decline Butler's $12M Option
The 28-year-old hit .271/.323/.379 with nine home runs in 603 plate appearances this season.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Bumgarner, Giants Win World Series
The Giants defeated the Royals 3-2 on Wednesday night to win their third World Series title in five years.

ESPN.com

Kyle Zimmer Has Shoulder Surgery
Royals pitching prospect Kyle Zimmer had surgery on his shoulder to remove damaged tissue.

Associated Press

Royals Cruise To Win Over Giants, Force Game 7
The Royals defeated the Giants 10-0 on Tuesday night behind rookie pitcher Yordano Ventura.

ESPN.com

Aaron Lewis Apologizes For Botching Anthem
Aaron Lewis has apologized for botching the lyrics of "The Star-Spangled Banner" during his performance before Game 5 of the World Series.

Associated Press

Bumgarner Pitches Shutout To Give Giants 3-2 Series Lead
Jake Peavy gets the first chance to seal it for the Giants when he starts Game 6 on Tuesday night against Royals' rookie Yordano Ventura.

ESPN.com

Pence, Sandoval Lead Giants Past Royals To Even Series
The Giants rallied from three runs down to defeat the Royals 11-4 on Saturday night to tie the World Series at two games apiece.

ESPN.com

Royals Find Giants' Infield Dirt 'Extra Wet'
The Royals felt the area around first base to be a bit mucky for Game 3 of the World Series.

ESPN.com

Royals Claim Moises Sierra Off Waivers From White Sox
The Royals have claimed Moises Sierra off waivers from the White Sox and have desingnated Liam Hendricks for assignment.

Press Release

Giants To Stick With Vogelsong As Game 4 Starter
Bruce Bochy has faith in Ryan Vogelsong to pitch Game 4 for the Giants on Saturday night.

ESPN.com

Royals Edge Giants To Take 2-1 Series Lead
Jeremy Guthrie out-pitched Tim Hudson on Friday night as the Royals defeated the Giants 3-2.

ESPN.com

Royals Move Cain To Right For Game 3
Lorenzo Cain will be moved from center field to right for Game 3 of the World Series to boost defense in one of AT&T Park's trickiest positions.

Associated Press