Offseason Outlook: Kansas City Royals

MLBTR is publishing Offseason Outlooks for all 30 teams.  Click here for the other entries in this series. After a pair of World Series appearances in 2014-15, the 2016 Royals fell shy of a postseason berth and now face considerable payroll questions as the core of their championship-winning roster stands one year from free agency. Guaranteed Contracts Ian Kennedy, RHP: $62.5MM...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
1 hour ago

Royals’ prospect Josh Staumont named AFL Pitcher of the Week

Kansas City Royals prospect Josh Staumont was named the Arizona Fall League’s Pitcher of the Week on Monday. New York Yankees shortstop prospect Gleyber Torres also took home Player of the Week honors. Staumont has allowed a grand total of one run across his three starts in the AFL thus far, good for a tidy 0.87 ERA in his 10.1 innings of work. He had this to say about earning...
Via Today's Knuckleball
6 hours ago

Butterfly Effect: Royals Edition

Allow yourself to take a mental journey. Back to a simpler time when the Royals were full of hope. That time was May 1, 2016. The Royals won that day by a margin of 4-1 over the Seattle Mariners to push their record to 13-11. They were four games back (trailing the White Sox) in the division, but that was no worry. There were 138 games left to play and they were the World Champions...
Via BP Kansas City
15 hours ago

QUIZ: How Many of the Royals All-Time World Series Roster can you Name?

There have been 74 players in Kansas City Royals history who have played in the World Series for the Royals.  How many can you name?
Via Royals Blue
1 day ago

Results: Heavyweight LaRon Mitchell decision Scott Alexander to remain undefeated

LaRon Mitchell (15-0, 13 KOs) won a decision on Friday night over Scott Alexander (12-2-2, 6 KOs) in a tightly contested fight that was a lot closer than the scorecards would indicate. Mitchell, who has showed an increasing level of comfort fighting in close quarters, pressured Alexander onto the ropes for most of the fight. Alexander kept a high guard to minimize punishment...
Via Pro Boxing Fans
1 day ago

The Free Agent Market And The Royals

October. This is uncharted territory. Of at least the last two seasons. What to do, what to do. We are officially in the Royals news cycle where Sluggerrrr being up for something called the Mascot Hall of Fame qualifies as notable. The World Series is set and starts sometime this week, I would assume. It’s difficult to pay attention when you’re not invested as a fan. When you...
Via BP Kansas City
1 day ago

Trying to Forge An Offseason Plan for the Royals

After winning the American League pennant two straight years, the Kansas City Royals regressed back to the pack with an unsightly 81-81 finish this season. In some respects, that record was a bit fortunate, as the Royals were outscored by 37 runs on the season, which comes out to a Pythagorean record of 77-85. Nevertheless, the path back to relevance in the American League is complicated...
Via Today's Knuckleball
4 days ago

KC Royals: Mike Minor Could Become Reliever

KC Royals free-agent pitcher Mike Minor never took the field in 2016 due to multiple setbacks in his rehab from shoulder surgery. Kansas City should consider converting him to the bullpen in 2017. Mike Minor has been a starter his entire career, and even became a top-of-the-rotation arm in Atlanta in 2013. That season, the […] KC Royals: Mike Minor Could Become Reliever - Kings...
Via Kings of Kauffman
4 days ago

Debating Upcoming Roster Decisions (BP Kansas City Episode 30) week, we wanted to take a look at the upcoming offseason and started by checking out potential departures after 2016. This lead to the potential approach to some mutual options in player contracts, the strategy about issuing the qualifying offer, and...
Via BP Kansas City
5 days ago

KC Royals: Playoff Bullpen Usage Enhancing Wade Davis’ Value

KC Royals reliever Wade Davis is gaining trade value as teams utilize relievers more than ever before in the 2016 post-season. Teams really are pulling their starters earlier than ever before this post-season. The tactic seems to have worked to suppress offense in the payoffs more than in the recent past. These trends mean that […] KC Royals: Playoff Bullpen Usage Enhancing Wade...
Via Kings of Kauffman
6 days ago

Pleskoff Scouting Report: Josh Staumont

TEAM: Kansas City Royals AGE: 22 POSITION: Pitcher BATS: Right THROWS: Right HEIGHT: 6-foot-3 WEIGHT: 200 lbs. ACQUIRED: The Kansas City Royals selected Staumont in the second round of the 2015 First-Year Player Draft out of Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, California. Staumont had transferred to Azusa Pacific from Biola University in La Mirada, California. ***** STRENGTHS...
Via Today's Knuckleball
6 days ago

Royals MiLB: Josh Staumont Continues To Excel In AFL

KC Royals AA prospect Josh Staumont showed drastic improvement in his command late last season. Dogged by wildness his entire career, Staumont tweaked his delivery. Staumont’s newfound command has continued into his first two Arizona Fall League performances. Anyone who has been regularly reading Kings of Kauffman should know that I’m excited by Josh Staumont. […] Royals MiLB...
Via Kings of Kauffman
6 days ago

The Indians' form is eerily similar to a recent World Series champion

Last season, the Kansas City Royals rode one of the most dominant bullpens in baseball history all the way to the team’s first World Series in win 30 years.The Cleveland Indians saw that level of relief-pitcher dominance and are one-upping it.If the theory is true, and postseason is baseball is really all about the ‘pens, then it’s obvious why the Indians sit one game away...
Via FOX Sports
7 days ago

Royals' Staumont stingy in Fall League win

In the Surprise Saguaros 3-1 win over the Salt River Rafters Monday afternoon, Royals No. 10 prospect Josh Staumont threw four shutout innings, allowing the Rafters just one hit.
8 days ago

Report: Royals fielding trade calls about Wade Davis

The Kansas City Royals may be considering trading one of their biggest assets. According to Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball, closer Wade Davis is available for the right price, with the team poised to pick up his $10 million option for 2017. Heyman also says the Royals would consider trading high-priced players such as Alex Gordon or Ian Kennedy, but a rival GM said that they...
Via Larry Brown Sports
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Inbox: What are Yost, Moore's future plans?

What are GM Dayton Moore and manager Ned Yost's future plans with the Royals? Beat reporter Jeffrey Flanagan answers this question and more in the Inbox.
12 days ago

Royals' Toups records three hits in first Fall League action

Corey Toups, the Royals' No. 30 prospect, picked up three hits for the Saguaros as Surprise and Peoria played to a 7-7 tie in 11 innings on Wednesday afternoon at the Peoria Sports Complex.
13 days ago

Royals begin offseason earlier than expected and with much to do

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- For two decades, finishing at .500 would have given the Royals reason to celebrate.Two trips to the World Series changes perspective.The Royals spent the first day after the regular season Monday ruing how a season full of promise went awry. There were devastating injuries, key acquisitions who failed to live up to big contracts and an offense predicated on manufacturing...
Via Associated Press
22 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB Largely Prevails in Scout-Pay Lawsuit

One can be forgiven for having forgotten about the Wyckoff v. Office of the Commissioner of Baseball lawsuit. The class action case — filed back in July 2015 by Jordan Wyckoff, a former scout for the Kansas City Royals — accused Major League Baseball and its teams of violating both federal antitrust and employment law by colluding to deprive amateur and professional scouts both...
Via Fangraphs
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals: 2016 season comes to an end

The Kansas City Royals finished the 2016 campaign on Sunday afternoon with a 3-2 loss to the Cleveland Indians, ending the season at 81-81 with their fourth consecutive season with a .500 record or better. The Royals finished the year 47-34 at Kauffman Stadium this season, but struggled on the road going 34-47. The Royals are the fourth straight defending World Championship team...
23 days ago  |  Discuss

End of season post-mortem: 2016 Kansas City Royals

The Kansas City Royals weren’t a terrible team this year, but it’s impossible to look at their likely third-place finish in the AL Central as a positive after winning the World Series in 2015. As in 2015, the Royals had a tremendous defense and bullpen, but their starting pitching and offense lagged behind while the Cleveland Indians took the next step forward and the Detroit...
Via The Comeback
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Local ratings for the 2016 MLB season are in, and Kansas City still loves the Royals

As a broadcasting entity, baseball doesn’t have the national pull of the NFL. The league has instead thrived on local television deals, as its regional popularity, combined with the value of live sports rights, is still enough to facilitate massive team-specific deals. In fact, it’s reasonable to say that the lifeblood of baseball is the local broadcasting model. But no model...
Via Awful Announcing
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Gee done for season after being hospitalized with blood clots

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Right-hander Dillon Gee has two blood clots and will not pitch again this season for the Kansas City Royals.Gee was the winning pitcher Sunday at Detroit, but was hospitalized after the game. He returned Tuesday to Kansas City."Dillon developed some shortness of breath after the game when we were packing up," Royals manager Ned Yost said before Tuesday's game...
Via Associated Press
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Terrance Gore Is Human After All

This is not how a catcher reacts to your typical regular-season caught stealing: And this is not the sort of enthusiasm with which a catcher is typically met in the post-game high-five line: If you missed what happened in the ninth inning of Wednesday’s game between the Cleveland Indians and the Kansas City Royals, I’ve already spoiled the surprise. Terrance Gore, pinch-runner...
Via Fangraphs
September 22, 2016  |  Discuss

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