Kansas City Royals News
The Royals added outfield depth on Wednesday, acquiring Carlos Peguero from the Mariners. In exchange, the Mariners will receive a player to be named or cash.
When Boston Globe columnist Nick Cafardo rated coaches around the Major Leagues in various categories, first-base coach Rusty Kuntz was ranked No. 1 for outfield/baserunning.
James Shields has never been drilled in the head by a line drive, but he's had enough bruises elsewhere that he's going to give the new protective headgear for pitchers a try.
Look at the Winter League statistics for Royals players and not much jumps out, but there were some notable accomplishments from, among others, Mike Moustakas, Salvador Perez and Kelvin Herrera.
Lane Adams and Yordano Ventura have won the top awards in the Royals' Minor League organization.
Since 1968, the year before Kansas City's expansion American League club started play, there's been a Royals Caravan journeying through the Midwest. This year will be no different.
For the first time, the Royals FanFest will be in downtown Kansas City, Mo., specifically at the Kansas City Convention Center's Bartle Hall.
It'll be the beginning of a 46th year of Royals broadcasting for Denny Matthews as the club carries a 20-game Spring Training schedule on 610 Sports Radio. Matthews, a member of the broadcasters' wing of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, began in the Royals' initial season of 1969 and has been describing games since.
In 2014, the Royals' dedication to developing prospects is evident as they jump from 14th place to sixth place with four players on the Top 100 Prospects list released Thursday -- pitchers Kyle Zimmer and Yordano Ventura, shortstop Raul Adalberto Mondesi and outfielder Jorge Bonifacio.
The Royals signed right-handed reliever Jon Rauch to a Minor League contract, with an invite to Major League Spring Training, Kansas City announced on Thursday.
Melbourne Aces teammates and Royals prospects Justin Trapp and Jared Schlehuber have spent nearly all of the past nine months together and have helped each other grow both as men and as teammates.
Want to be at the Royals' home opener on April 4 against the White Sox? You can have a chance to buy a seat or two to that game, annually a sellout, by registering for the team's online Opening Day ticket opportunity program at royals.com/openingday.
Justin Maxwell, a lean and strong outfielder obtained at the non-waiver Trade Deadline last year, agreed to a 2014 contract with the Royals on Tuesday.
There are three holdovers from the 2013 list of Top 10 third-base prospects, with one of them -- the Twins' Miguel Sano -- holding the top spot for a second year. The 2013 First-Year Player Draft contributed to the replenishing of the rankings, with four from that class hitting this Top 10. After some years of being a relatively weak spot prospect-wise, third base has become much deeper in talent.
After skipping the 2013 season, what makes Brad Penny want to come back? The 35-year-old right-hander is in position to bid for a Major League rotation job with the Royals, perhaps his last chance.
Add first baseman Eric Hosmer, pitcher Luke Hochevar and utility man Emilio Bonifacio to the list of satisfied Royals players on the contract front.
Left-handed reliever Tim Collins signed a one-year contract with the Royals for $1,362,500 on Thursday, thus avoiding salary arbitration for 2014.
The Royals, noted for their young, hard-throwing bullpen, will explore adding some age and experience to it next season. Right-hander Guillermo Mota, 40, was signed to a Minor League contract by the Royals and invited to the Major League Spring Training camp, the club announced on Thursday.
The 30 clubs of Major League Baseball on Thursday unanimously approved the expansion of instant replay, which will be in effect for the 2014 season and postseason. Both the Major League Baseball Players Association and the World Umpires Association have given their consent to the game's new protocols for instant replay.
The Royals signed right-hander Brad Penny to a Minor League deal with a Spring Training invite, the team announced on Thursday.
If the names on our list of top right-handed pitchers look familiar, that's probably because the top two (Archie Bradley, Taijuan Walker) and two others (Jameson Taillon, Dylan Bundy) have made this Top 10 for the third straight year.
MLBPipeline.com's 2014 Top 100 Prospects list will be unveiled on Thursday, Jan. 23, on MLB.com, as well as during a one-hour show on MLB Network, airing at 10 p.m. ET. Leading up to that, MLBPipeline.com takes a look at baseball's top 10 prospects at each position, with shortstops -- led by Boston's Xander Bogaerts -- up next.
The Royals have restructured right-hander Jeremy Guthrie's contract in a bid to increase their payroll flexibility for 2014.
Catcher Brett Hayes will return to the Royals organization for the 2014 season after the two sides avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract Friday. Terms of the deal were not announced.
Kyle Zimmer, the Royals' 22-year-old top prospect, is on a list of 16 non-roster invitees to Major League Spring Training camp that was released by the club on Thursday.
The Royals have agreed to terms with former All-Star catcher Ramon Hernandez on a Minor League contract that includes an invitation to big league Spring Training, the club confirmed Tuesday.
A group of Arizona school children received early holiday presents from the Royals, who transformed some ballplayers into Santa's elves last month at the team's Spring Training complex.
Jeff Suppan, the right-hander who logged 140 Major League victories and was a postseason hero for the St. Louis Cardinals, announced his retirement on Thursday with an homage to his late mother.
Royals manager Ned Yost -- who said he looked forward to collisions as a catcher in his playing days -- said he thinks a potential rules change would be beneficial, especially with All-Star backstop Salvador Perez to protect from any risk of injury.
Call it the big revival, the great awakening, the re-birth of Royal blue. Bottom line: Just call Kansas City's 2013 season a lot of fun. The Royals recovered from an awful month of May, made a run at an American League Wild Card berth and finished 10 games over .500 at 86-76.