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Royals Rumors: Kansas City remains interested in Torii Hunter

The Kansas City Royals remain in the hunt for a new bat. After letting Billy Butler walk in free agency, they are in need of a replacement. I reported earlier about the Royals searching for a bat and it seems they have focused their efforts onto one player, Torii Hunter. #456605614 / gettyimages.com  Source says #Royals continue to stay in contact with Torii Hunter. Could absorb...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Three undervalued relievers on the market

Credit: AP/Alex Brandon In 2014, the importance of a bullpen was on full display. The Kansas City Royals’ late-inning relievers were a large reason why they reached the World Series. The top of the bullpen market is pricey with Andrew Miller and David Robertson. For teams looking to avoid spending obscene money, here are three undervalued relievers with both affordability and...
Via Reading Between The Seams
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Three potential teams for James Shields

Credit: AP/Michael Dwyer James Shields is commanding interest from numerous MLB teams. He won’t receive Max Scherzer or Jon Lester money, but he will land a larger deal than middle tier starters below his talent level. He’s in that odd middle ground of somewhat affordable, yet solidly expensive. A contract in the range of five-years, $80-90 million sounds reasonable for a pitcher...
Via Reading Between The Seams
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals Rumors: Kansas City searching for new designated hitter

The Kansas City Royals are coming off an improbable World Series appearance and want to continue on the upward trend. They recently lost Billy Butler in free agency to the Oakland Athletics, so finding a replacement designated hitter has jumped towards the top of the priority list for the Royals. There are plenty of bats on the market that could fit the bill and be a solid replacement...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Yasmany Tomas Would Mean the World for the Royals

The Kansas City Royals aren't typically players in free agency. This isn't a new phenomenon either. Digging through Royals history, even the good days, the team was not built through free agency. Now, as the economics of baseball have shifted, the Royals remain out of the free agent game for the most part. When the off-season began, though, it was pretty clear that the Royals would...
Via Pine Tar Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

It still could happen: Royals haven't given up on re-signing Shields

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Not so fast regarding the pending departure of free-agent right-hander James Shields. According to sources with knowledge of the situation, the Royals have not abandoned hope of re-signing their former ace and could still become a player in the bidding for Shields' services if offers "don't get outrageous." "The main thing is they really don't want to break up...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Job Posting: Royals Systems Architect / Developer

Systems Architect/Developer, Baseball Analytics – Kansas City Royals (Kansas City, MO) JOB SUMMARY: The Kansas City Royals Baseball Club is seeking a highly motivated, full-stack systems architect / developer to support baseball operations. The ideal applicant will be able to manage multiple, concurrent projects that facilitate enhanced communications, reporting, and other interactions...
Via Fangraphs
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals rumors: Adam LaRoche edition

First baseman Adam LaRoche could be a valuable asset to the Royals in 2015 (washingtonpost). The Kansas City Royals had a glaring hole at the designated hitter position last season when Billy Butler hit only nine home runs while driving in only 66 runs all season. With Butler’s departure to Oakland yesterday, the Royals have stated they may rotate starters for rest in the DH position...
Via isportsweb.com
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Why the Billy Butler Deal Probably is Crazy

I’ll give Eno Sarris points for trying, although I fully expect his attempt to find value in Billy Butler‘s three year, $30 million deal with the A’s will fuel the fires of those who think Billy Beane gets a pass for every move he makes. Hopefully, this post will assuage some of that, because despite […]
Via Fangraphs
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Why the Billy Butler deal may not be totally crazy

At first glance, it seems crazy. A bad-body post-peak designated hitter that was under replacement last year… three years? $30 million? Billy Butler to the Athletics? A team that has never had three ten million dollar players on the roster at one time did so for the first time in order to sign a guy […]
Via Fangraphs
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Reports: Billy Butler, A’s Agree To Three-Year Deal Worth $30 Million

OAKLAND, Calif. — Free-agent designated hitter Billy Butler and the Oakland Athletics have agreed to a $30 million, three-year contract, a person with knowledge of the negotiations said Tuesday night. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the A’s had not announced the deal, their typical practice until a new player passes a physical. Butler would provide a right...
Via NESN.com
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Offense can wait: Royals' top priority is finding an ace

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Here's the problem the Royals and general manager Dayton Moore face this offseason: They have a lot of work to do just to stay as good as they were in 2014 when they reached Game 7 of the World Series. And, of course, the expectations are that the Royals need to get even better if they want another magical ride in 2015. How can they? Here are five musts: FIND...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals rumors: Max Scherzer edition

Max Scherzer could be an important part to the Royals’ 2015 success (sportsonearth.com). After a remarkable 2014 season, the offseason has begun for the Kansas City Royals and with that comes the retooling process for another playoff run in 2015. With James Shields unlikely to resign with the club, the Royals will need to look from within the organization to fill the gap or potentially...
Via isportsweb.com
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Backup Backstop Big Key for Royals

Looking up and down the potential roster for the 2015 Kansas City Royals, there are quite a few holes that need to be filled during the off-season. With those holes come rumors of players like Yasmany Tomas, Torii Hunter, Jon Lester, Ervin Santana and Melky Cabrera among others. One area of need, though, that was talked about a fair amount as soon as the World Series ended but has...
Via Pine Tar Press
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Kansas City stadiums had poor food safety conditions

Kansas City Royals fans might have felt sick after attending World Series games at Kauffman Stadium — but not because of their team’s performance. A detailed “Outside the Lines” report shows there were routinely poor food safety conditions not only at the concession stands of Kauffman Stadium, but also next door at Arrowhead Stadium — home of the Kansas City Chiefs. ...
Via NESN.com
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Food health code violations alleged at Kansas City stadiums

Hope you are not eating as you read this. According to a report by ESPN’s Outside the Lines, there have been dozens of health code violations as it relates to food that has been served at Arrowhead Stadium (Chiefs) and Kauffman Stadium (Royals), the two professional sports venues in Kansas City, Missouri. Here is part of ESPN’s report.  The food safety manager at Kansas...
Via Sportsnaut
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals Rumors: Kansas City gaining interest in Yasmany Tomas

There have been plenty of teams that are interested in Cuban outfielder, Yasmany Tomas, who some believe is the best bat available on the open market, and Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star is reporting that the Kansas City Royals may be an option, too. #166516305 / gettyimages.com Although they have often lacked resources to sign big named free agents, the team's need for...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
8 days ago  |  Discuss

St. Louis Cardinals, Kansas City Royals Announce Holiday Charity Plans

Kansas City Royals Partner With Union Mission For Thanksgiving Feast KANSAS CITY, MO (November 12, 2014) – The Kansas City Royals will once again reach out to area families in need this holiday season by volunteering for the ninth-straight year at the City Union Mission on Thursday, November 13. A group of Royals associates will be serving a Thanksgiving feast at the Family Center...
Via i70baseball
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals Add Two Players

KANSAS CITY, MO (November 12, 2014) – The Kansas City Royals announced today that they have signed a pair of six-year free agents, infielder Ryan Roberts and left-handed pitcher Joe Paterson, to minor league contracts, which include an invite to Major League Spring Training. Roberts, 34, spent the 2014 season in the Boston Red Sox organization, playing in eight games at the Major...
Via i70baseball
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals pitcher has a big Chipotle superstition

Jeremy Guthrie loves his Chipotle. The Kansas City Royals righty recently sat down with Jay Mohr and when the subject of pre-game superstitions came up, this. “People always ask ‘what do you do that’s superstitious?’ I have to have Chipotle before every game I pitch. So, 32 times this year,” Guthrie told the host of Mohr Stories. “I would own one in a heartbeat. I need...
Via Hall of Very Good
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Have the Phillies found a suitor for Ryan Howard?

The Philadelphia Phillies desperately want to move Ryan Howard, even if they have to eat the large majority of his contract and get not much of anything in return. They may have found a suitor – the 2014 AL champion Kansas City Royals. DH Billy Butler is a free agent this winter, and Kansas City could want to replace him with Howard, a native Missourian. Via USA Today’s Bob Nightengale…...
Via The Outside Corner
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals Injury Update: GM does not think Omar Infante will need surgery

The Kansas City Royals season ended with the tying run on third base in Game 7 of the World Series against the San Francisco Giants. Although coming up short, the Royals were in the World Series for the first time since 1985. Looking forward, the Royals may look to add depth to a team that was 14th in runs scored and 12th in ERA. On the injury front, infielder Omar Infante, who...
Via Sports Injury Alert
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals Extend Qualifying Offer to James Shields

In a bit of expected news, the Kansas City Royals have extended the $15.3 million qualifying offer to James Shields. Shields has 1 week to accept or decline the offer. It is expected he will decline the offer, at which time the Royals will be in line to receive a compensatory draft pick between the first and second rounds of the amateur draft. Any team that signs Shields would forfeit...
Via Royals Blue
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Analysis: Alex Gordon wouldn't have scored on Game 7 error

Mike Jirschele held Alex Gordon at third base during the final moments of Game 7. Otherwise, the Kansas City Royals’ World Series would’ve ended at home plate, not on Salvador Perez’s foul pop in the next at-bat. Fangraphs examined the much-discussed play, in which Gordon singled and advanced all the way to third base on an error. When San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon...
Via NESN.com
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Should The Royals Have Waved Alex Gordon Home? (Video)

Here are two Tweets that illustrate the conversations that will be going on for a very long time. Yes, Gordon would have been out by 15 feet had he gone home. So please, drop that narrative. pic.twitter.com/0g02CuIC9z — Isaac (@WorldofIsaac) October 30, 2014 Gordon was at third base at this point. Would have taken a perfect throw to get him at plate. #Royals pic.twitter.com/O0VyaaU9T7...
Via BlackSportsOnline
24 days ago  |  Discuss
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