Kansas City Royals News
The Royals warmed up for the Winter Meetings in aggressive style. They made a run at an American League Wild Card spot last season, and after the Norichika Aoki trade, GM Dayton Moore made it clear he's eager for more.
By trading Norichika Aoki to the Royals for Will Smith, the Brewers received the left-handed rotation candidate they were seeking while Kansas City acquired a rock-solid outfielder at a great cost.
The Royals acquired outfielder Norichika Aoki from the Brewers on Thursday in exchange for left-handed pitcher Will Smith.
Though the Astros still have seven months to determine whom they'll take at No. 1, North Carolina State left-hander Carlos Rodon has established himself as the frontrunner. Owner of a mid-90s fastball and a wipeout slider, Rodon topped NCAA Division I with 184 strikeouts last spring and led the Wolfpack to their first College World Series appearance in 45 years.
If Royals fans doubted that the Glass family would make a strong push to sign Carlos Beltran, that was put to rest on Tuesday, when the coveted free-agent outfielder was at Kauffman Stadium to meet with team officials.
If you congratulate Royals general manager Dayton Moore on his two-year contract extension, he'll shift the conversation to others.
Chris Getz became a free agent Monday, dropping the Royals' roster to 39 players, after KC decided before the non-tender deadline of 11 p.m. CT to not offer the second baseman a contract for 2014.
The Royals reportedly appear serious in their pursuit of free-agent outfielder Carlos Beltran, according to The Kansas City Star. Beltran, 36, is one of the top free-agent outfielders on the market.
The Royals' improvement on the field has paid off for general manager Dayton Moore. Moore has earned a two-year extension of his contract as senior vice president-baseball operations and general manager through 2016. His most recent contract ran through 2014.
The Royals' organization and its players give of themselves throughout the year, and it seems to culminate with the spirit of Thanksgiving.
Left-handed pitcher Noel Arguelles cleared waivers and was assigned outright to Triple-A Omaha, the Royals announced on Wednesday.
Mike Macfarlane developed into the most durable catcher in Royals history and a highly respected 13-year Major Leaguer. That will be recognized Jan. 26 at Springfield, Mo., when he's inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame.
The separation of catcher George Kottaras from the Royals is now complete. Kottaras, who was designated for assignment five days ago, was dealt on Tuesday to the Cubs for cash.
The Royals on Monday requested unconditional release waivers for Irving Falu -- who was designated for assignment on Nov. 20 -- clearing the way for Falu to become a free agent and get a fresh start with another club.
For the first time in franchise history, the familiar "KC" seen on the team's cap, is moving to a regular-season uniform jersey. But just for certain games away from home.
Third baseman Brandon Laird, younger brother of veteran Braves catcher Gerald Laird, signed a Minor League contract with the Royals on Saturday.
The Royals have signed right-handed starting pitcher P.J. Walters to a Minor League contract, but he'll get a look as the club sorts through its rotation candidates in Spring Training.
The Royals' decision to drop catcher George Kottaras leaves Brett Hayes and Francisco Pena as the two prime candidates to back up All-Star regular Salvador Perez next season.
Former Royal Mike Sweeney occasionally takes on tasks for general manager Dayton Moore and one was to have several phone conversations with Jason Vargas over the last couple of weeks.
Left-hander Jason Vargas signed a four-year deal with the Royals, instantly adding another frontline starter to the club's rotation.
There was nothing very surprising about the 40-man roster changes the Royals made on Wednesday, as they added four players and dropped three. Added to the roster were infielders Christian Colon and Cheslor Cuthbert, outfielder Lane Adams and pitcher Michael Mariot.
The Royals unveiled their 2014 Spring Training schedule, which includes a Feb. 27 opener against the Rangers, their Surprise, Ariz., complex companions.
Nicky Getz and Kim DeJesus were eliminated from "The Amazing Race" on Sunday night, but they are proud of how they performed and grateful for the memories they shared while traveling around the world.
Catcher Francisco Pena, son of former Kansas City manager Tony Pena and brother of former Royals player Tony Pena Jr., has signed a Major League contract and was added to the 40-man roster, the club announced Sunday. He was a Minor League free agent.
Curtis Granderson and Bucs All-Star reliever Mark Melancon are among seven big league players who will travel to seven developing baseball countries this offseason as MLB Ambassadors.
Carlos Beltran has considered rejoining the Royals, who drafted him in 1995, although his free agency has also attracted the interest of the Cardinals, the Red Sox and the Yankees.
Royals fans and the team's pitchers knew it all along, but the postseason awards are making it official: the Kansas City defense was pretty doggone good this year.
Greg Holland is the only Royals player nominated for a GIBBY -- the Greatness in Baseball Yearly Awards -- and he has pitching coach Dave Eiland's vote.