Kansas City Royals Wiretap

Royals Sign Danny Duffy To Five-Year, $65M Contract

Jan 16, 2017 5:14 PM

The Kansas City Royals have signed Danny Duffy to a five-year, $65 million contract.

Duffy was eligible for arbitration and would have become a free agent after the 2017 season.

The pact ensures Duffy will remain with the Royals through 2021.

Duffy will earn $5 million this year before a bump to $14 million in 2018. He will make $15.25 million each in 2019 and 2020 and $15.5 million in the final year of the deal.

"Danny has been great. He has one of the best arms in all of baseball," Dayton Moore said earlier this offseason. "The fact that he's left-handed makes him more special and separates him even more. He's the kind of pitcher we all envision."

Associated Press

Tags: Kansas City Royals, Misc Rumor, Signing, Terms Agreement

Royals Trade Jarrod Dyson To M's For Nathan Karns

Jan 7, 2017 2:43 PM

The Royals were interested in Seattle right-hander Nathan Karns going back to the winter meetings, but the Mariners were reluctant to give up a power arm under club control through 2020.

That changed on Friday.

After the Mariners traded outfielder Seth Smith to the Baltimore Orioles for veteran right-hander Yovani Gallardo, the idea of shipping Karns away became a bit more palatable. So, the Royals and Mariners were able to reach a deal that sent him to Kansas City for outfielder Jarrod Dyson.


Tags: Kansas City Royals, Seattle Mariners, Misc Rumor, Official Trade

Royals, Cardinals Had 'Preliminary' Talks About Matt Adams

Jan 4, 2017 8:17 AM

The Kansas City Royals had "preliminary" talks with the St. Louis Cardinals about a trade for Matt Adams before they acquired Peter O'Brien from the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday.

Adams has appeared to become expendable for the Cardinals, who told Matt Carpenter in November that he would be their everyday first baseman in 2017.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

Tags: Kansas City Royals, St. Louis Cardinals, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Diamondbacks Trade Peter O'Brien To Royals

Jan 4, 2017 8:06 AM

The Arizona Diamondbacks have traded Peter O'Brien to the Kansas City Royals for minor league right-hander Sam Lewis.

Originally drafted as a catcher, O'Brien converted to the outfield last season.

Associated Press

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Kansas City Royals, Misc Rumor, Official Trade, Trade Rumor

Astros Interested In Danny Duffy, Yordano Ventura

Dec 12, 2016 7:34 AM

The Houston Astros are looking to fortify their starting rotation and are interested in Danny Duffy and Yordano Ventura of the Kansas City Royals.

The Royals are open to dealing a number of players in order to cut payroll. They already made headlines by trading Wade Davis to the Chicago Cubs.

Duffy is entering his final season of arbitration, while Ventura is locked up through at least 2019 with a pair of team options for 2020 and 2021.

Brian McTaggart/MLB

Tags: Houston Astros, Kansas City Royals, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Red Sox Tried To Trade For Wade Davis

Dec 8, 2016 5:31 AM

The Boston Red Sox made a run at acquiring Wade Davis from the Kansas City Royals earlier this month.

The Red Sox offered Travis Shaw, who they eventually dealt to the Milwaukee Brewers for Tyler Thornburg.

Kansas City wasn't enticed by Shaw and instead preferred to get Jorge Soler from the Chicago Cubs.

Rob Bradford/WEEI

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Kansas City Royals, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Cubs Nearing Trade For Wade Davis

Dec 6, 2016 8:45 PM

The Chicago Cubs are reportedly nearing a trade with the Kansas City Royals for Wade Davis.

Davis is set to become a free agent after the 2017 season.

Kelvin Herrera is in line to close games for the Royals.

It isn't yet known what Chicago would send to Kansas City, but the Royals are believed to like Jorge Soler.

Jeff Passan/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Kansas City Royals, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Wade Davis May Be Logical Trade Target For Dodgers

Dec 6, 2016 8:30 AM

The Los Angeles Dodgers are looking for a closer and free agency isn't the only avenue in which they can fill that void.

Mark Melancon has agreed to a four-year deal with the San Francisco Giants, but Aroldis Chapman and Kenley Jansen are still available.

However, Ken Gurnick writes that Wade Davis may be a logical trade target for the Dodgers. Davis has one year left on his contract at $10 million, which would be much more reasonable than giving Chapman a $100 million deal.

It has been reported that the Kansas City Royals are willing to listen to trade offers for a number of their core players, including Davis.

Ken Gurnick/MLB

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Kansas City Royals, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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

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.


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

Royals Sign Drew Butera To Two-Year, $3.8M Deal
Drew Butera appeared in 56 games, hitting for a .285 average, with four home runs for the Royals last season.


Giants 'Legitimately Intrigued' By Greg Holland
The Giants are "legitimately intrigued" by Greg Holland and will attend his upcoming showcase, according to a report.

Andrew Baggarly/San Jose Mercury News

Royals Plan To Decline Edinson Volquez’s Option
The 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.

Jon Heyman/Fan Rag

Royals Expect Payroll To Decrease In 2017
The Royals still plan to contend after a disappointing season, but there will be monetary restraints.

Rustin Dodd/Kansas City Star

Edinson Volquez Hopes To Return To Royals, Will Consider Option
Edinson Volquez suggested that he is tempted to exercise his end of a $10 million option, though he'll assess the market after the season.

Rustin Dodd/Kansas City Star

Jose Abreu: Royals Have More 'Desire' Than White Sox
Jose Abreu believes he knows the difference between the White Sox and Royals and it's not about talent.

Dan Hayes/CSN Chicago

Twins Interview Royals' J.J. Picollo For Front Office Role
J.J. Picollo reportedly interviewed for the president of baseball operations role.

Mike Berardino/Pioneer Press

Royals, Cain At Odds Over Ailing Wrist
Lorenzo Cain told Fox Sports Kansas City that it was "highly likely" he was finished for the season.


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.


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