Kansas City Royals News
Royals reliever Brandon Finnegan was honored by the Rangers as the Texas Professional Baseball Player of the Year at their awards dinner on Friday night.
The Royals have invited 23 non-roster players to Major League Spring Training, including 10 pitchers, three catchers, seven infielders and three outfielders.
Ernie Banks arrived in Chicago by way of the Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro League, where he played under manager John "Buck" O'Neil, one of the eventual founders of the Negro Leagues Museum. Banks frequently checked in on the museum and was one of its proudest supporters.
Royals general manager Dayton Moore says the idea of re-signing free-agent starting pitcher James Shields has crossed his mind, but "at this point in time, it's doubtful."
Though none of the left-handers who ranked on this list before last season began have graduated to the big leagues, there are still several new faces on this year's Top 10. Julio Urias, Henry Owens and Andrew Heaney are the holdovers, albeit with their order reversed from last year.
Can the Royals' bullpen be as good as they were in 2014? Or, and this could be viewed as some sort of baseball blasphemy to even suggest, but here goes anyway ... can they be even better in 2015?
While Ned Yost was given some financial security with his recent contract extension, what matters most to the Royals skipper is the strong bond he has built with GM Dayton Moore and owner David Glass.
The Royals agreed to one-year contracts with right-hander Louis Coleman and left-hander Tim Collins on Friday to avoid arbitration. Terms of the deals were not disclosed.
The Royals will host their 17th annual "School Day at the K" on May 7 before the team's 1:10 p.m. CT game against the Indians. The club expects to have about 20,000 students and educators at the ballpark.
Early last season, the Royals were slumping at the plate and the critics were calling for the dismissal of manager Ned Yost. But Yost never wavered in displaying confidence and patience in his club, which turned things around to break a 29-year postseason drought and advance to the World Series. On Tuesday, Yost was rewarded with a one-year contract extension through the 2016 season.
The Royals have agreed to a one-year contract extension with manager Ned Yost, whose deal now runs through the 2016 season.
Royals left-hander Sean Manaea led the Class A Advanced Carolina League with 146 strikeouts and placed eighth in the Minors with 10.8 whiffs per nine innings in 2014, his first season as a pro, and Jim Callis thinks he's the pick for the Minor League strikeout crown this season.
Outfielder Lorenzo Cain, reliever Wade Davis and starter Yordano Ventura have been honored with the Royals' team awards as voted on by the Kansas City chapter of the BBWAA.
After missing the past three seasons due to injury, veteran reliever Ryan Madson is looking to make the most of his return with Kansas City.
Voting is open for the Royals Hall of Fame Class of 2015, with fans able to cast their online vote through Jan. 16.
The Royals announced their Minor League coaching staff and coordinators Friday, with several new faces joining the organization and others continuing successful runs.
Spring is officially on the horizon. Major League Baseball announced the first Spring Training workout dates for all 30 of its clubs on Thursday. Pitchers and catchers for the reigning World Series champion Giants -- along with the Phillies, Pirates and Reds -- will be the first to work out, with a Feb. 19 start date. Thirteen other clubs will work out pitchers and catchers for the first time the following day.
Royals VP of baseball operations Dean Taylor is ready to transition into retirement after nearly 40 years in the game of baseball and Taylor and those who have worked with him are eager to express gratitude for an exemplary career.
The Royals restructured their baseball operations department on Monday following the retirement of vice president and assistant general manager Dean Taylor.
Major League Baseball Commissioner-elect Rob Manfred and Royals manager Ned Yost each received the American Baseball Coaches Association's Honor Award during a luncheon at the ABCA Convention on Sunday.
The Royals have signed reliever Ryan Madson to a Minor League contract, the club announced on Sunday.
The Royals were 90 feet away from tying Game 7 of the World Series, so there's a lot going on with the Kansas City ballclub that's in pretty good shape entering 2015.
Royals left fielder Alex Gordon underwent successful surgery on Tuesday morning to repair the extensor retinaculum in his right wrist.
What can be said about the 2014 Kansas City Royals that can even attempt to put into words what America saw throughout October? Ned Yost's plucky bunch emerged as a tight-knit, rapidly improving baseball team with one common goal and one nasty bullpen arm after another.
The feel-good story from the 2014 season? It would be hard to top the Royals, who reminded us of the importance of teamwork, defense and a world-class bullpen -- all while setting a postseason record with eight consecutive victories en route to the AL pennant.
Kansas City finished off a wildly active post-Winter Meetings week by agreeing to terms on a two-year, $20 million contract with free-agent right-hander Edinson Volquez. The club announced the deal, which includes a mutual option for 2017, on Monday.