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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.

Yost third in AL Manager of the Year balloting

Kansas City's Ned Yost, who steered the club into the postseason for the first time since 1985, finished third in voting for the 2014 BBWAA American League Manager of the Year Award.

Royals keeping close eye on Shields

General manager Dayton Moore said it will be tough for the Royals to match offers from big-revenue franchises, but he refuses to concede that he'll lose No. 1 starter James Shields.

Escobar shuns rest to play in Japan Series

After 162 regular-season games with the Royals and 15 more in the postseason, Alcides Escobar still wanted to play more baseball. So instead of resting in November, the Venezuelan native opted to take part in the Japan All-Star Series.

MLB takes nail-biter in Japan showcase

A star-studded squad of Major Leaguers got a taste of what lies ahead in the Japan All-Star Series on Tuesday, as a feisty team of players from the Hanshin Tigers and Yomiuri Giants nearly erased a seven-run deficit before MLB closed out an 8-7 exhibition victory in front of a raucous crowd at Koshien Stadium in Nishinomiya.

Royals' Moore a close second for Sporting News honor

The Royals swept Baltimore to win the American League Championship Series, but general manager Dayton Moore couldn't quite beat out the Orioles' Dan Duquette as the Sporting News' Major League Baseball Executive of the Year.

Royals' Ventura finishes sixth in AL ROY balloting

Yordano Ventura's fine first season for the Royals got some recognition in the American League Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year Award voting. He finished sixth, well behind unanimous winner Jose Abreu of the White Sox.

Shields rejects Royals' qualifying offer for '15

Right-hander James Shields, as expected, on Monday turned down the one-year qualifying offer of $15.3 million from the Royals after spending two seasons with them, including 2014's World Series excitement.

Royals looking to remain championship caliber

Royals general manager Dayton Moore and the remarkably candid manager Ned Yost see their team positioned to be competitive for years and will do everything they can to make it the team to beat next year. The question is how much will the Royals pay to keep a good thing going?

Gordon adds Platinum Glove Award to collection

Royals left fielder Alex Gordon won the Rawlings Platinum Glove Award for the American League, it was announced at Friday night's Gold Glove Award ceremony at The Plaza Hotel in New York.

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.

Cain, Gordon earn Defensive Player Awards

Center fielder Lorenzo Cain and left fielder Alex Gordon of the Royals received 2014 Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Awards on Wednesday night.