Kansas City Royals Wiretap

Ned Yost Announces He's Retiring At The End Of The Season

Sep 24, 2019 1:15 AM

Royals manager Ned Yost announced Monday that he will be retiring at the end of the season, ending a nine-year tenure that included two American League pennants and that dramatic 2015 championship.

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Dodgers Reach 100-Wins, Royals Become Fourth 100-Loss Team

Sep 23, 2019 1:24 AM

The Los Angeles Dodgers gave Major League Baseball its third 100-win team while Kansas City became its fourth 100-loss club Sunday, matching big league records for success and futility.

The Dodgers beat the Colorado Rockies 7-4, joining the 102-win New York Yankees and Houston Astros as triple-digit victors. It's the third consecutive year three teams have reached the century mark. Before this run, there were only three 100-game winners in 1942, 1977, 1998, 2002 and 2003.

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Dayton Moore To Receive Extension From New Royals Ownership

Sep 6, 2019 7:40 AM

The Kansas City Royals are undergoing a change in ownership, but that doesn't mean the front office will change drastically.

Dayton Moore will receive a long-term extension as general manager once John Sherman takes control of the franchise from David Glass.

Moore took over as general manager in 2006.

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Jorge Soler Becomes First Royal With 40 Homers

Sep 5, 2019 7:19 AM

Jorge Soler hit his 40th home run of the season on Wednesday night as the Kansas City Royals beat the Detroit Tigers 5-4.

The blast extended Soler's franchise mark for homers. He's the only member of the franchise to reach the 40-home run mark.

"Getting No. 40 is really important. But really, I was really happy to get 30," he said through an interpreter. "It felt like I've hit it like that a bunch of times."

Ned Yost said he thought Soler had tensed up recently with the record in reach.

"He's back to being himself," Yost said. "There's a little relief for me. I wanted him to get it. Now every home run from now on he'll break the record. I like that. I'm anxious to see how many he can hit."

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Royals Sold To John Sherman, Investors

Aug 30, 2019 5:44 PM

The Kansas City Royals said in a statement Friday the team has sold and the closing of the sale to local businessman John Sherman and a group of investors is pending customary approval from Major League Baseball.

"The decision to sell the Royals was difficult for our family," said David Glass, the team's owner and CEO since he acquired the team in April 2000, in a statement. "Our goal, which I firmly believe we've achieved, was to have someone local, who truly loved the game of baseball and who would be a great steward for this franchise going forward.

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David Glass Expected To Sell Royals For More Than $1B

Aug 29, 2019 7:37 AM

Kansas City Royals owner David Glass is expected to sell the team for more than $1 billion, according to reports.

Glass, who made his fortune as an executive with WalMart, has owned the club since 2000. He purchased the Royals for $96 million at the time.

He is discussing the possibility of selling the team to a group headed up by John Sherman, who is originally from Kansas City and is currently vice chairman of the Cleveland Indians.

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Braves Claim Billy Hamilton Off Waivers From Royals

Aug 20, 2019 7:55 AM

The Atlanta Braves have claimed Billy Hamilton off waivers from the Kansas City Royals.

Kansas City designated Hamilton for assignment last week.

The Braves are now responsible for the remainder of Hamilton's $4.25 million salary this year.

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Frustrated Trevor Bauer Throws Ball Over Center-Field Fence

Jul 28, 2019 7:05 PM

Trevor Bauer showed his frustrations after surrendering the Indians' lead to the Royals on Sunday by throwing a baseball from the mound over the center-field fence at Kauffman Stadium.

Bauer threw the ball as manager Terry Francona was coming on the field to take him out of the game. The Indians manager appeared upset at Bauer's actions and pointed to the dugout as he met the right-hander at the mound with one out in the bottom of the fifth inning. Bauer appeared to acknowledge that he was in the wrong, putting his hand on his chest as Francona met him.

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A's Send Two Prospects To Royals For Jake Diekman

Jul 27, 2019 8:51 PM

The Athletics acquired left-handed reliever Jake Diekman from the Royals on Saturday, bolstering a bullpen already considered among the most talented in baseball.

The well-traveled Diekman, 32, joined the Royals as a free agent this winter and had been one of the most popular players on the trade market leading up to the July 31 deadline.

Oakland pounced and will send two prospects -- outfielder Dairon Blanco and right-handed pitcher Ismael Aquino -- to Kansas City. Blanco, 26, who was signed as an international free agent in 2017, was batting .276 with 44 RBIs and 27 stolen bases for Double-A Midland this season. Aquino, 20, was 1-1 with a 4.58 ERA over 10 appearances in the Arizona League.

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Dodgers Interested In Trading For Jake Diekman

Jul 17, 2019 9:05 AM

The Los Angeles Dodgers are interested in acquiring Jake Diekman in a trade with the Kansas City Royals.

Diekman, 32, can become a free agent at the end of the season.

The left-hander has a 4.97 ERA in 38 innings this year.

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Cubs Trade Montgomery To Royals For Maldonado
Martin Maldonado, a defensive-minded catcher, should be an immediate replacement for Willson Contreras.

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A's Acquire Homer Bailey From Royals
In exchange, the Royals received Kevin Merrell, a Double-A infielder from the Athletics.

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Royals Trade Ben Lively To D-Backs For Cash Considerations
Right-hander Ben Lively has been designated for assignment by the Royals on Thursday.

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Royals Would Put 'Crazy' Asking Price On Whit Merrifield
It appears unlikely that the Royals will trade Whit Merrifield at this year's deadline.

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2019 MLB Draft Day 1 Results
The Orioles took Oregon State catcher Adley Rutschman with the first pick on Monday night.

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Whit Merrifield Extends Hit Streak To 30 Games
Whit Merrifield made Royals history on Tuesday night when he tied George Brett's club record 30-game hit streak.

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MLB Attempting To Collectively Purchase RSNs From Disney
MLB believes buying RSNs could move the league to a more national model and address revenue disparity.

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Royals, Martin Maldonado Agree Upon One-Year, $2.5M Deal
Martin Maldonado will serve as a replacement for Salvador Perez, who underwent Tommy John surgery earlier this week and will miss the entire 2019 season.

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Royals Sign Homer Bailey To Minor League Deal
The deal for pitcher Homer Bailey includes an invitation to the club's big league spring training camp.

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Brad Boxberger Agrees To One-Year Deal With Royals
The contract is worth $2.2 million with $1 million in performance bonuses.

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Royals, Whit Merrifield Agree Upon Four-Year, $16.25M Extension
The Royals have agreed to a four-year, $16.25 million contract extension with Whit Merrifield, according to a source.

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Royals 'Looking Hard' At Billy Hamilton
The Royals are interested in Billy Hamilton and are "looking hard" at the outfielder.

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Royals Hire Mike Matheny As Special Advisor
Mike Matheny is the former manager of the St. Louis Cardinals.

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First-Round Order For 2019 MLB Draft
With the playoff bracket set, the full first-round draft order for 2019 has been confirmed as well.

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Jorge Lopez Falls Three Outs Short Of Perfect Game
Jorge Lopez nearly made Major League history in Saturday's game between the Royals and Twins.

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Braves Acquire Lucas Duda From Royals
The Royals have traded Lucas Duda to the Braves in exchange for cash.

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Royals Acquire International Bonus Pool Space From Rangers
The Royals traded right-hander Kelvin Gonzalez to the Rangers for international bonus pool allotments.

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Cubs Acquire Terrance Gore In Trade With Royals
Terrance Gore wasn't on the 40-man roster and didn't have to clear waivers to be moved.

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Royals Trade Mike Moustakas To Brewers
Mike Moustakas, who will become a free agent this winter, is hitting .249 with 20 homers.

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Royals Have Lofty Asking Price For Whit Merrifield
The Brewers are exploring ways to improve their offense after missing out on Manny Machado.

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