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Royals acquire shortstop Jackson from Dodgers

The Royals acquired shortstop Ryan Jackson from the Dodgers on Wednesday in exchange for cash considerations.

Royals Charities spreading goodwill all year round

A World Series came to the Royals for the first time in 29 years, but many Kansas City organizations know there's something they can depend upon every year. That's Royals Charities, an ownership hallmark of the Glass family. It has provided the K.C. community and region many things for which to be thankful, donating more than $8.3 million to about 300 organizations since its inception in 2001.

Nix elects free agency instead of assignment to Minors

Infielder Jayson Nix has elected free agency rather than accept an assignment to the Royals' Triple-A club at Omaha.

Royals' magical run to World Series wowed Matthews

Denny Matthews, in broadcasting Royals games since their first season in 1969, has seen just about everything. So his take on the 2014 World Series edition has a background of 46 seasons of watching the club.

Players' cut of postseason pool announced

After winning their third World Series in five seasons, the Giants' full postseason shares were worth a record-high $388,605.94, Major League Baseball announced Monday.

Willingham opts to retire after 11-year career

Outfielder Josh Willingham, a lifetime .253 hitter with 195 home runs, is reportedly retiring after 11 Major League seasons split among five clubs.

A look back at the careers of first-timers on Hall ballot

Most of the first-timers on the latest Hall of Fame ballot don't have a legitimate chance of making it to Cooperstown, but they nonetheless had impressive big league careers worthy of another look.

Courageous coming out by Royals employee

Inspired by Kansas City's magical October bond, Royals employee Matt Schulte came out to the world.

Rays narrow managerial search to three

The Rays went from 10 managerial candidates to three on Friday. Kevin Cash, Raul Ibanez and Don Wakamatsu compose the final group from which the organization plans to make its choice for Joe Maddon's successor.

Royals make trade, add prospects to 40-man roster

The Royals spiced up their 40-man roster moves on Thursday by making a trade, acquiring outfielder Reymond Fuentes from San Diego for Minor League pitcher Kyle Bartsch. They also promoted outfielder Jorge Bonifacio and shortstop Orlando Calixte, which brings the roster to 38, leaving two spots for potential acquisitions.

Ranking the top 25 prospects from the Arizona Fall League

The 23rd edition of the Arizona Fall League wrapped up with Salt River's win in the championship game over Peoria on Saturday. Once again, the AFL was jam packed with elite-level prospects. That made putting together a top prospects list fairly easy. There were so many good players, it was decided to expand the list to a Top 25, up from the typical 20.

Royals add former infielder Getz to front office

Former second baseman Chris Getz is taking a new position with the Royals -- he's becoming an assistant in player development in the team's front office.

Former 20-game winner Sadecki dies at 73

Ray Sadecki, a left-handed pitcher who won 20 games for the Cardinals in their 1964 championship season, died Monday due to complications of blood cancer. He was 73.

Royals bid farewell to Butler, return attention to needs

It was time for the Royals to say goodbye to Billy Butler after eight years in a Kansas City uniform. The Oakland A's confirmed on Wednesday the signing of the designated hitter to a three-year contract, believed to be worth $30 million.

A's sign free-agent DH Butler to three-year deal

The A's moved swiftly in their pursuit of a right-handed power bat, reeling in free-agent designated hitter Billy Butler on a three-year, $30 million deal, which was made official on Wednesday.

Royals' DH plan revolves around loss of Butler

As Billy Butler leaves the Royals' designated-hitter slot open, the obvious solution would be to sign another right-handed slugger to take his place. However, if the Royals won't top a $10 million per year deal for Butler, they're not likely to do better for less money.

Royals release Spring Training schedule

Bring on the Giants -- again. That's what will happen twice for the Royals during Spring Training, as the World Series rivals meet in the Cactus League. The Royals announced their spring slate on Monday, and it includes 31 games, including 14 home games at Surprise Stadium.

Guthrie visits Japanese Hall of Fame exhibit

Throughout his time at the Japan All-Star Series, Royals right-hander Jeremy Guthrie has learned much about his Japanese heritage. Guthrie has met relatives for the first time, eaten new foods and soaked up as much of the culture as possible. Sunday, that extended to his line of work, when Guthrie toured an exhibit detailing the history of Major League Baseball in Japan at the Tokyo Dome's Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

Top performances, prospects from 2014 Fall League

The Arizona Fall League is known as baseball's finishing school because it has graduated a ton of talent to the Major Leagues since it began play in 1992. Here are the development highlights from the AFL's 23rd season for all 30 big league organizations.

Dozier, Starling show power in AFL championship

Just like they did on the final day of the World Series, Royals players featured prominently at the end of the Arizona Fall League. All seven Kansas City prospects on the Peoria Javelinas roster got into today's 14-7 championship win by the Salt River Rafters.

Guthrie reconnects with family, heritage

Participating in the Japan All-Star Series has given Jeremy Guthrie the chance to connect with a side of his family he had never met.

Japan trip hits home with Royals' Guthrie

Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie, whose mother Clarice is Japanese-American, has been trying to immerse himself in Japanese culture during MLB's trek to the Far East for the Japan All-Star Series.

Gordon selected to flip switch on KC's Plaza lights

The World Series celebration continues and this time it'll light up Kansas City's famous Country Club Plaza with the traditional holiday lights.Kansas City Power & Light has selected Royals left fielder Alex Gordon to flip the switch that will turn on the thousands of colorful lights in the 85th Plaza lighting ceremony. He'll be assisted by his family and general manager Dayton Moore and his family.

Royals' Crow joins Mission to feed hungry in KC

Aaron Crow, a Kansas City reliever for the last four years, pitched in with a crew from the Royals' work force to serve a Thanksgiving meal to folks in need at the City Union Mission of Kansas City. Crow's group waited on 225 diners at the Men's Center, and another group of Royals associates served 85 at the Family Center.

Perez's love of baseball takes no breaks

As if 162 games behind the plate weren't enough in 2014 between the regular season, All-Star Game and postseason, Salvador Perez never had any doubts about representing Major League Baseball in the Japan All-Star Series against the host country's national team.

MLB and MLBPA finalize list of Super Two qualifiers

Only the top 22 percent of players between two and three years of service time qualify for arbitration, provided they had at least 86 days of service time this season. This year's list is headlined by Mets closer Jenrry Mejia, Royals reliever Kelvin Herrera, Angels pitcher Garrett Richards, Dodgers second baseman Dee Gordon, Astros slugger Chris Carter, A's third baseman Josh Donaldson and Yankees pitcher David Phelps.

Royals' Gordon named Hutch Award winner

Royals outfielder Alex Gordon was selected as the 50th winner of the Hutch Award by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. The award and the center are named for the former Major League pitcher and manager who died of cancer at age 45 in 1964.

KC inks Roberts, Paterson to Minor League deals

The Royals have signed infielder Ryan Roberts and left-handed reliever Joe Paterson to Minor League contracts with an invitation to Major League Spring Training.

Wakamatsu, Ibanez among Rays' managerial candidates

Royals bench coach Don Wakamatsu and former Royals outfielder Raul Ibanez are among eight preliminary candidates for the vacant Tampa Bay managerial job, the Rays announced on Thursday.