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Four Royals Will Appeal Their Suspensions

Apr 25, 2015 5:44 PM

The Royals announced today that pitchers Yordano Ventura, Edinson Volquez and Kelvin Herrera as well as outfielder Lorenzo Cain will appeal their suspensions handed down by Major League Baseball earlier today for their roles in an on-field incident Thursday night at U.S. Cellular Field.

MLB will meet with all four players in the near future to hear their appeal.  Until the appeals process is completed, all four players remain eligible to participate in games. 

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Tags: Kansas City Royals, Misc Rumor, Suspension

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MLB Disciplines Seven Players For Royals-White Sox Incident

Apr 25, 2015 12:34 PM

Seven players have received discipline for their roles in the on-field incident in the bottom of the seventh inning of Thursday’s game between the Royals and the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Major League Baseball announced today.  Joe Garagiola, Jr., MLB’s Senior VP of Standards & On-Field Operations, made the announcement.

          The following players have been disciplined for their actions leading up to and/or during the incident:

·         Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura has received a seven-game suspension;

·         Royals pitcher Edinson Volquez has received a five-game suspension;

·         Royals outfielder Lorenzo Cain has received a two-game suspension;

·         Royals pitcher Kelvin Herrera has received a two-game suspension;

·         White Sox pitcher Chris Sale has received a five-game suspension;

·         White Sox pitcher Jeff Samardzija has received a five-game suspension.

All six players also received an undisclosed fine in addition to a suspension.  In addition, White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers has received an undisclosed fine.

Unless appealed, all suspensions are scheduled to be effective on Sunday, when the Clubs are to continue their series in Chicago.  If any player elects to appeal, then his suspension will be held in abeyance until the process is complete.

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

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Frasor Mulled Offer From Twins Before Re-Signing With Royals

Apr 23, 2015 8:03 AM

Jason Frasor entertained a one-year offer from the Minnesota Twins before re-signing with the Kansas City Royals this past winter.

"We thought about it, but I love Kansas City," Frasor said. "I went to the playoffs here for the first time in my life. Once Kansas City got back into it, all things being equal, it was (decided)."

The 37-year-old also admitted that pitching at Target Field isn't high on his list.

"Honestly, it's not my favorite," he said. "I think it's beautiful. I think it's top five, but when I stand on that mound, I feel like I need to crow hop to get it to home plate sometimes. It's wonderful to look at, but it's not one of those mounds where I feel like, 'Wow, I'm right there.'"

Frasor, who never spoke to general manager Terry Ryan during the free-agent process, appreciated Minnesota's interest.

"When you become a free agent and you're a 37-year-old middle reliever, there's not as many teams that come calling as you would think or hope. But that's all right. I just needed one team," he said.

Mike Berardino/Pioneer Press

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

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MLB Suspends Kelvin Herrera For Five Games

Apr 21, 2015 4:50 PM

Kelvin Herrera has been suspended five games and fined an undisclosed amount for throwing a pitch behind Brett Lawrie's head during Sunday's game between the Kansas City Royals and Oakland Athletics.

Yordano Ventura was also fined an undisclosed amount for his role in the ongoing dispute between the teams.

Herrera can appeal his suspension or it can take effect beginning Tuesday night against the Minnesota Twins.


Tags: Kansas City Royals, Misc Rumor, Suspension

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More Bad Blood Between A's, Royals

Apr 19, 2015 6:34 PM

The Royals overcame five ejections to beat the A's 4-2 Sunday behind Kendrys Morales' tie-breaking, two-run double in a three-run eighth inning.

Royals manager Ned Yost and pitching coach Dave Eiland were ejected in the first inning after Lorenzo Cain was hit by a Scott Kazmir pitch and both teams were issued a warning by plate umpire Greg Gibson. After the warning was issued Sunday, Yost came out to argue and was immediately ejected by Gibson.

In the eighth inning, Royals reliever Kelvin Herrera was tossed after throwing behind Brett Lawrie.  Bench coach Don Wakamatsu, who was acting as manager after Yost's ejection, also ejected during the argument along with injured Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar.


Tags: Kansas City Royals, Oakland Athletics, Game Recap, Misc Rumor

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Royals Recall Orlando Calixte; Option Reymond Fuentes To Omaha

Apr 19, 2015 1:19 AM

The Royals announced today that they have recalled infielder Orlando Calixte from Triple-A Omaha.  In a corresponding roster move, the club has optioned outfielder Reymond Fuentes to Omaha.

Calixte, 23, has played in seven games for the Storm Chasers this season, hitting his first Triple-A home run last night in a 5-3 loss to New Orleans.  He was originally signed by KC as a non-drafted free agent on August 28, 2010 out of the Dominican Republic.

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Royals Place Greg Holland On DL

Apr 18, 2015 4:46 PM

The Royals announced today that they have placed closer Greg Holland on the 15-day disabled list with a right pectoral strain.  In a corresponding move, the Royals recalled right-handed pitcher Yohan Pino from Triple-A Omaha.

Pino, 31, tossed 7.0 scoreless innings, allowing one hit with no walks and six strikeouts last Sunday in a 4-0 win at New Orleans.  He signed a Major League contract with the Royals on December 15, 2014, after pitching last season in the Twins’ organization.

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Tags: Kansas City Royals, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Royals Lose Alex Rios To Fractured Hand

Apr 14, 2015 5:51 PM

The Kansas City Royals have placed Alex Rios on the disabled list with a fractured left hand.

Rios suffered the injury on Monday against the Minnesota Twins.

Dayton Moore told the Kansas City Star that the club would have a better idea on Rios' possible return date after the next week.

"I think it would be a little careless to put six weeks on it," Moore added. "And maybe a little premature to be two to three weeks on it. I think it's somewhere in between."


Tags: Kansas City Royals, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Royals Open To Extension To Salvador Perez

Apr 10, 2015 5:55 PM

The Kansas City Royals are open to extending the contract of Salvador Perez.

Perez, 24, has hit .286/.316/.436 in 1,607 Major League plate appearances.

Kansas City signed Perez as an amateur free agent in 2006. He's currently playing under a five-year, $7 million contract.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

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

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MLB Releases Draft Bonus Slots

Apr 8, 2015 4:53 PM

Major League Baseball has informed teams of the draft bonus slot allocations that will apply to the 2015 amateur draft.

The Arizona Diamondbacks, who have the first overall pick, will have more than $8.6 million to spend on all selections.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

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Yordano Ventura Agrees To Five-Year, $23M Extension With Royals
Yordano Ventura posted a 3.20 ERA in 183 innings in 2014.

Andy McCullough/Kansas City Star

Royals Release Rafael Furcal
Kansas City had only recently brought Rafael Furcal into camp on a Minor League deal.

Andy McCullough/Kansas City Star

Royals Grant Ryan Roberts Unconditional Release
Ryan Roberts appeared in 18 games this spring, batting .219.

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Royals Name Ventura Opening Day Starter
Ned Yost says Danny Duffy and Edinson Volquez will follow Yordano Ventura in the rotation.

Associated Press

Forbes: Average MLB Team Worth $1.2B
The Yankees are worth $3.2 billion, tops on the list and just the second United States sports franchise to eclipse the $3 billion mark.

Darren Rovell/ESPN

Royals, Gordon Haven't Discussed Extension
Alex Gordon is entering the final guaranteed year of his contract, but he hasn't discussed a new deal with the Royals.

Sam Mellinger/Kansas City Star

Royals, Furcal Reach Minor League Deal
Rafael Furcal will earn $1.25 million if he's in the Major Leagues, plus $250,000 in incentives.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Tim Collins Has Tommy John Surgery
The Royals said Thursday the 25-year-old was operated on a day earlier by Dr. James Andrews.

Associated Press

Royals Sign Chris Young To One-Year Deal
Chris Young posted a 12-9 record with a 3.65 ERA for the Mariners last season.

Press Release

Royals Plan To Use Blanton Out Of Bullpen
Joe Blanton, 34, signed a Minor League deal with the reigning American League champions.

Jeffrey Flanagan/MLB

Franklin Morales Signs With Royals
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

Hosmer, Royals Agree To $13.9M Deal
The Royals have avoided arbitration with Eric Hosmer by agreeing to a two-year, $13.9 million deal.

Associated Press

Wilmington Blue Rocks Sell Tickets For $.04
The Blue Rocks made headlines for selling some of the cheapest tickets in baseball history on Monday, discounting regular prices by 99 percent.

Darren Rovell/ESPN

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

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