Kansas City Royals Wiretap

Royals 'Looking Hard' At Billy Hamilton

Dec 7, 2018 8:28 AM

The Kansas City Royals are interested in Billy Hamilton and are "looking hard" at the outfielder.

Royals executives believe Hamilton's skill set would play well at Kauffman Stadium.

Hamilton, 28, was arbitration eligible for the final time this winter. The Cincinnati Reds released him last week.

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

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Royals Hire Mike Matheny As Special Advisor

Nov 24, 2018 2:18 AM

Former St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny joined the Kansas City Royals as special adviser for player development on Friday.

"This is a great opportunity to have Mike become a member of our organization," Dayton Moore, the Royals' senior vice president of baseball operations and general manager, said in a statement. "It has always been our policy to hire the best baseball people we can and this is the perfect example of that. Mike has contributed so much to our game as both a player and a manager and has a wealth of knowledge that can only make us better. I'm excited about the possibilities of what he'll bring to our organization."

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

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First-Round Order For 2019 MLB Draft

Oct 2, 2018 8:14 AM

With the playoff bracket set, the full first-round draft order for 2019 has been confirmed as well.

The Baltimore Orioles will select first overall for the first time since they chose right-hander Ben McDonald in 1989.

1.) Orioles (47-115)
2.) Royals (58-104)
3.) White Sox (62-100)
4.) Marlins (63-98)
5.) Tigers (64-98)
6.) Padres (66-96)
7.) Reds (67-95)
8.) Rangers (67-95)
9.) Braves (compensatory pick for not signing first-rounder Carter Stewart in 2018)
10.) Giants (73-89)
11.) Blue Jays (73-89)
12.) Mets (77-85)
13.) Twins (78-84)
14.) Phillies (80-82)
15.) Angels (80-82)
16.) Diamondbacks (82-80)
17.) Nationals (82-80)
18.) Pirates (82-79)
19.) Cardinals (88-74)
20.) Mariners (89-73)
21.) Braves (90-72)
22.) Rays (90-72)
23.) Rockies (91-72)
24.) Indians (91-71)
25.) Dodgers (92-71)
26.) Diamondbacks (compensatory pick for not signing first-rounder Matt McLain in 2018)
27.) Cubs (95-68)
28.) Brewers (96-67)
29.) Athletics (97-65)
30.) Yankees (100-62)
31.) Dodgers (compensatory pick for not signing first-rounder J.T. Ginn in 2018)
32.) Astros (103-59)
33.) Red Sox (108-54)

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Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Chicago White Sox, Kansas City Royals, Draft, Misc Rumor

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Jorge Lopez Falls Three Outs Short Of Perfect Game

Sep 9, 2018 8:46 AM

Jorge Lopez nearly made Major League history in Saturday's game between the Kansas City Royals and Minnesota Twins.

Making his seventh start, Lopez fell three outs short of a perfect game.

He walked Max Kepler to start the ninth, ending his chances at history. There have been just 23 perfect games in history.

Over eight innings, Lopez threw 110 pitches. He struck out four, walked one and allowed one run on a single hit.

Kansas City acquired Lopez from the Milwaukee Brewers a few weeks ago in the Mike Moustakas trade.

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Braves Acquire Lucas Duda From Royals

Aug 30, 2018 8:01 AM

The Kansas City Royals have traded Lucas Duda to the Atlanta Braves in exchange for cash.

The Royals are covering about half of Duda's remaining salary.

Duda is hitting .242/.311/.415 this season.

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Tags: Atlanta Braves, Kansas City Royals, Misc Rumor, Official Trade

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Royals Acquire International Bonus Pool Space From Rangers

Aug 17, 2018 9:07 AM

The Kansas City Royals traded right-hander Kelvin Gonzalez to the Texas Rangers for international bonus pool allotments.

Gonzalez, 20, has spent the season with Kansas City's rookie-level affiliate in the Appalachian League.

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Cubs Acquire Terrance Gore In Trade With Royals

Aug 16, 2018 8:01 AM

The Chicago Cubs have acquired Terrance Gore from the Kansas City Royals for cash considerations.

Gore wasn't on the 40-man roster and didn't have to clear waivers to be moved.

In 49 Major League games Gore is 21 for 25 in stolen base attempts. He's also 4 for 5 in the playoffs.

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Royals Trade Mike Moustakas To Brewers

Jul 28, 2018 9:29 AM

The Milwaukee Brewers have acquired Mike Moustakas from the Kansas City Royals for minor league outfielder Brett Phillips and minor league pitcher Jorge Lopez.

Moustakas, who will become a free agent this winter, is hitting .249 with 20 homers.

"We were looking for another big bat to add to the lineup and we got it,'' Brewers manager Craig Counsell said Friday night. "We feel like we can put together a really tough lineup on a daily basis now.''

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Royals Have Lofty Asking Price For Whit Merrifield

Jul 23, 2018 8:00 AM

The Kansas City Royals are willing to trade Whit Merrifield, but the asking price won't be cheap.

The Milwaukee Brewers are exploring ways to improve their offense after missing out on Manny Machado.

Merrifield is controllable through 2022 and earning just under $600,000 this season.

"Top 10-15 prospect plus 1-2 younger, upside players," a executive said of Kansas City's asking price. "I think it takes an intriguing headliner."

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Royals Send Prospect To Nats For Brian Goodwin

Jul 22, 2018 1:06 PM

The Kansas City Royals traded for Washington Nationals center fielder Brian Goodwin on Sunday, the teams announced.

In return, the Nationals received minor league right-hander Jacob Condra-Bogan.

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Eduardo Escobar, Mike Moustakas Remain Options For Phillies
The Phillies are targeting possible trades for Eduardo Escobar and Mike Moustakas now that they've missed out on Manny Machado.

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Braves, Red Sox Interested In Mike Moustakas
The market for Moustakas is robust, but the Royals may have to wait until Manny Machado is traded to properly examine what they can get in return.

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Royals Sign 16-Year-Old Japanese Pitcher
Kaito Yuki signed a standard seven-year deal with the Royals on Sunday.

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Alcides Escobar's Games Played Streak Ends At 421
Alcides Escobar missed his first game since September 25, 2015 on Sunday.

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Yankees Interested In Mike Moustakas As First Baseman
The Yankees are among multiple teams interested in acquiring Mike Moustakas and moving him to first base, according to sources.

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Royals Now Shopping Mike Moustakas
Having traded Jon Jay and Kelvin Herrera, the Royals are now shopping Mike Moustakas.

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Tigers-Royals To Play 2019 Game In Omaha
The Tigers and Royals will play a regular-season game in Omaha the week the 2019 College World Series opens, according to a source.

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Nationals Acquire Kelvin Herrera From Royals
The Nationals have acquired Kelvin Herrera in a trade with the Royals for three prospects.

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Astros Win Again To Finish 10-0 Road Trip
The Astros won their 11th straight game on Sunday, a 7-4 victory over the Royals.

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Royals Trade Jon Jay To Diamondbacks
The Diamondbacks have acquired Jon Jay from the Royals in exchange for two minor league pitchers.

Associated Press

Royals Want Ned Yost To Manage Beyond This Season
Ned Yost is in the final year of his contract and the Royals are struggling, but Dayton Moore definitely wants him back.

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Ned Yost Unaware Jakob Junis Was Pitching No-Hitter
Ned Yost felt Jakob Junis was laboring to begin the fifth inning on Monday night, so he told bench coach Dale Sveum that he'd pull the right-hander if his struggles continued.

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Royals Have Largest Draft Bonus Pool
The Tigers have the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 Draft, but the Royals have the biggest allotment at $12,781,900.

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Salvador Perez Slips While Carrying Luggage, Suffers MCL Sprain
The Royals will be without Salvador Perez for up to six weeks after he sprained the MCL in his left knee while carrying a suitcase up some stairs in his home.

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Royals Won't Send Struggling Alex Gordon To Minors
Alex Gordon is 4-for-46 this spring after two sub-par seasons with the Royals.

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Royals, Clay Buchholz Agree To Minor League Deal
Clay Buchholz can earn $1.5 million if he's on the major league roster.

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Scott Boras Denies Mike Moustakas Rejected $45M Deal With Angels
Mike Moustakas rejected the Royals' one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer earlier this offseason before ultimately agreeing to a one-year deal with an option for 2019 that could bring the contract

Sam Mellinger/Kansas City Star

Jorge Bonifacio Suspended 80 Games
Royals outfielder Jorge Bonifacio has tested positive for a performance-enhancing substance.

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Royals, Mike Moustakas Agree Upon One-Year, $6.5M Deal
The Royals have agreed to a one-year, $6.5 million deal with Mike Moustakas, according to multiple reports.

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Royals, Ricky Nolasco Agree Upon Minor League Deal
Ricky Nolasco, 35, spent the last two seasons with the Angels.

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