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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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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.