ROYALS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Escobar among adds to Venezuela's WBC '17 team

Team Venezuela is adding firepower to its already star-studded World Baseball Classic roster, with Ender Inciarte, Alcides Escobar, Martin Prado, Victor Martinez and Sandy Leon all expected to represent the country in the upcoming Classic, according to MLB.com's Jon Paul Morosi.
Via Royals.com
12 hours ago

Royals' Almonte takes step in right direction in Dominican

The Dominican Winter League finals began Thursday as Aguilas Cibaenas defeated Tigres del Licey, 4-3, in Game One of the best-of-nine series. Despite going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in the contest, Tigres shortstop Sergio Alcantara has been one of the circuit's hottest hitters in the postseason as well as a major reason his team has reached the finals
Via Royals.com
13 hours ago

Moustakas, Hosmer among players to attend Royals FanFest

Many Royals have committed to attending the Royals FanFest on Jan. 27-28 at the Kansas City Convention Center.
Via Royals.com
15 hours ago

Friday Notes

While some may still consider the Royals a cheap franchise, it’s been remarkable to see the number of players signed to long-term deals since the Dayton Moore era began. David DeJesus, Joakim Soria, Billy Butler, Zack Greinke, Alex Gordon, Alcides Escobar, Salvador Perez, Yordano Ventura and now Danny Duffy have all signed deals designed to keep them in Kansas City beyond their...
Via BP Kansas City
20 hours ago

Kansas City Royals free agent rumors: Chris Carter edition

The Kansas City Royals missed the playoffs this past season after making appearing in back-to-back World Series appearances and winning it all in 2015. Although the core of the roster remains intact, some key contributors that helped the Royals succeed over the past few seasons have found other homes across the league. The club has made a couple trades so far this offseason and...
Via isportsweb.com
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Royals announce start times for 2017 regular season schedule

As Opening Day grows closer, the Kansas City Royals are making the final touches to their schedules for the 2017 MLB regular season.On Thursday, the Royals announced their 2017 regular season schedule with times.  Opening Day is scheduled for Monday, April 3 at 3:10 p.m. in Minnesota, while the club’s home opener will be the following Monday (April 10) vs. the Oakland Athletics...
Via FOX Sports
1 day ago

Schilling lashed out at fake Twitter account of ex-MLB pitcher?

Curt Schilling got into his latest Twitter beef on Wednesday night, and this time he went back and forth with what many insist is a very fake account run by someone pretending to be former MLB pitcher Sidney Ponson. Just don’t tell Curt that. It all started when the Ponson account — which says in its bio “Not really sid” — tweeted at Schilling congratulating him on making...
Via Larry Brown Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

The Duffman Signeth (BP Kansas City Episode 42)

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/kansascitybaseballvault/2017/01/19/the-duffman-signeth-bp-kansas-city-episode-42.mp3Don your finest bear suit, put on some sweet jams, and have a gnar time listening to Jeff and Mike talk about Danny Duffy and his new contract. We spent time on this show to talk about Danny Duffy’s career to this point, his commitment to the Royals, and what might lie...
Via BP Kansas City
1 day ago

Rotation Depth Bodes Well For Royals

While this has been a quiet offseason for the Royals, I feel good about the rotation headed into the 2017 season. This is no small feat, because as we chronicled plenty here last season, the rotation was a big reason the 2016 Royals missed the playoffs and limped home with a .500 record. That excitement is not because I think the Royals have the best starting pitchers in the division...
Via BP Kansas City
1 day ago

Is Re-signing Danny Duffy Just the First Step?

Following consecutive World Series appearances (and one championship), not much went right for the Kansas City Royals in 2016. More appropriately, nearly everything went wrong. The Royals finished 81-81, well out of contention. Their offense ranked 23rd in runs scored, and, just 17th in ERA (4.21). Within the AL, they ranked 13th in OBP (.312). Only the Rays and Athletics struggled...
Via The Sports Post
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals ink Danny Duffy to five-year contract extension

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Royals and Danny Duffy have agreed to a $65 million, five-year contract that will keep the popular left-hander in Kansas City.Duffy will make $5 million this year, $14 million in 2018, $15.25 million each in 2019 and 2020 and $15.5 million in 2021.Duffy was eligible for arbitration this offseason and would have been eligible for free agency after the World...
Via Associated Press
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Hosmer, Royals avoid arbitration by agreeing to one-year deal

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Royals and All-Star first baseman Eric Hosmer have agreed on a $12.25 million contract for next season, avoiding arbitration with a deal that could take him to free agency.General manager Dayton Moore has long been optimistic that the Royals will be able to sign their homegrown star to a long-term deal, but the price has risen considerably.The 27-year-old...
Via Associated Press
7 days ago  |  Discuss

2017 ZiPS Projections – Kansas City Royals

After having typically appeared in the very famous pages of Baseball Think Factory, Dan Szymborski’s ZiPS projections have been released at FanGraphs the past few years. The exercise continues this offseason. Below are the projections for the Kansas City Royals. Szymborski can be found at ESPN and on Twitter at @DSzymborski. Other Projections: Arizona / Atlanta / Boston / Chicago...
Via Fangraphs
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Rockies have offered Greg Holland multi-year deal

The Colorado Rockies were the worst team in baseball last year in terms of bullpen ERA, and they’re looking to address that problem this offseason. According to a report by Drew Creasman of BSN Denver, the Rockies have approached free agent reliever Greg Holland with a multi-year deal. General manager Jeff Bridich also acknowledged on Wednesday that the team has “checked in”...
Via Larry Brown Sports
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Top 20 Prospects: Kansas City Royals

Below is an analysis of the prospects in the Kansas City Royals farm system. Scouting reports are compiled with information provided by industry sources as well as from my own observations. The KATOH statistical projections, probable-outcome graphs, and (further down) Mahalanobis comps have been provided by Chris Mitchell. For more information on the 20-80 scouting scale by which...
Via Fangraphs
December 19, 2016  |  Discuss
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