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Royals trade Giavotella to Angels for righty Broderick

The Royals have traded infielder Johnny Giavotella, who was designated for assignment on Thursday, to the Angels for right-hander Brian Broderick.

Royals request release waivers for outfielder Peguero

The Royals have requested release waivers for outfielder Carlos Peguero, the team announced Friday. The 27-year-old spent the majority of the 2014 season with Triple-A Omaha, batting .266 with 30 home runs and 76 RBIs.

Rehabbing Medlen joins Royals on 2-year deal

The Royals and right-hander Kris Medlen agreed Thursday to a two-year deal with a mutual option for 2017.

Royals Charities surpasses $1.2 million in 2014 funding

Royals Charities, the Royals' charitable foundation, announced funding on Thursday of more than $1.2 million this year to organizations and government entities in the Kansas City area that support children, education, youth baseball/softball and the military.

Volquez agrees to 2-year deal with Royals

The Royals have agreed to a two-year, $20 million contract with free-agent right-hander Edinson Volquez. The club has not confirmed the deal.

AL Central looking like one powerhouse division

Yes, the Tigers are still king of the AL Central, but everywhere they look someone is trying to stage a coup. That's the way it's supposed to be in a power division, as the Indians, Royals, Twins and White Sox are all looking to be in the title mix.

Rios excited to join 'impressive' Royals

The Royals feel as if veteran outfielder Alex Rios will be a perfect fit in Kansas City, blending in seamlessly with their style of play in the outfield.

Royals add righty Pino on Major League deal

The Kansas City Royals have signed Yohan Pino to a Major League contract, the team announced Monday.

Royals plant seeds for future moves at Meetings

The Royals entered the new era of an American League title defense with some roster vacancies to fill, and the sunshine and relaxing vibe of San Diego didn't prevent them from getting to work on putting down the check marks.

Royals acquire Rule 5 pick Gustave from Red Sox

The Royals kept busy Thursday by acquiring hard-throwing right-hander Jandel Gustave in a trade with the Red Sox.

Royals sign Kendrys to 2-year deal

The $17 million didn't hurt, but veteran hitter Kendrys Morales also donned a jersey with "Royals" across the chest on Tuesday because he believes Kansas City is poised for another postseason run or two. He was at Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday as the Royals made official a two-year contract that includes a mutual option for 2017.

Fall League names 22 to Top Prospects Team

The Arizona Fall League announced its 2014 Top Prospects Team, highlighted by league Most Valuable Player Greg Bird and baseball's top prospect Byron Buxton.

Yost excited as Royals retool for run in 2015

Royals manager Ned Yost attacked his Winter Meetings media session on Monday in an energetic, demonstrative fashion that brought back memories of six weeks ago, when his team tore through October. His body language seemed to say, "Bring it on."

Royals reign with four-pack of GIBBY Awards

The American League champion Royals were recognized with MLB.com GIBBY Awards for Closer, Executive and Setup Man of the Year as well as top Postseason Storyline on Saturday night.

Winning atmosphere kept Hochevar in Kansas City

Royals reliever Luke Hochevar said sitting out the 2014 season while his team went to the World Series was the hardest thing he has ever done. The chance to be a part of that was one reason why Hochevar re-signed with the Royals.

Wakamatsu to remain Royals' bench coach

While supportive of Don Wakamatsu's pursuit of another managerial job, the Royals learned on Friday that they will be retaining their bench coach for 2015.

None more professional than tireless Kaegel

Dick Kaegel, entering retirement after covering the Royals for MLB.com, doesn't talk much about himself, other than to tell humorous stories at his own expense. But the made a lifetime impression on everybody at this workplace, too, in the way he conducted himself on a daily basis for years.

Prep shortstop Rodgers leads 2015 Draft class

Ten years after grabbing Justin Upton, the D-backs could follow a similar path in the 2015 First-Year Player Draft. Lake Mary (Fla.) High School shortstop Brendan Rodgers sits atop MLBPipeline.com's initial Draft Top 50 rankings, thanks to his three plus tools (bat, power, arm) complemented by two solid ones (speed, defense).

Hochevar signs two-year deal with Royals

An already formidable Royals bullpen may have gotten even better for 2015, as Kansas City welcomes back a familiar pitcher who ultimately decided not to leave. A free agent for the first time in his career, Luke Hochevar opted to stick with the only professional organization he's known when he signed a two-year contract with the Royals on Thursday. The deal also includes a mutual option for 2017.

Royals non-tender Bueno

The Royals declined to tender a 2015 contract to left-hander Francisley Bueno on Tuesday, making him a free agent.

Royals named Baseball America's top organization

The Royals' storybook season ended in the World Series and earned Baseball America's Organization of the Year honors.

Royals' Gordon reflects on World Series dash

Should he, would he, could he have scored in the ninth inning of the seventh game of the World Series? The Royals' Alex Gordon has heard the question often this offseason.

Chasing Tigers, not much tinkering for most of AL Central

As we recover from our collective turkey coma, here's a look at where every team in the AL Central stands right now as the Winter Meetings slowly become visible above the horizon.

Royals deal Crow to Marlins for lefty Flynn

The Royals picked up lefty Brian Flynn and Minor League right-hander Reid Redman from the Marlins on Friday in exchange for reliever Aaron Crow.

Royals retain reliever Frasor on one-year deal

Eager to shore up the middle of the bullpen, the Royals on Friday announced the signing of free-agent right-hander Jason Frasor for 2015 with a mutual option for 2016.

Gordon lights up Plaza to continue magical year

Thousands came out to cheer Alex Gordon, but this time, not at Kauffman Stadium. On Thursday night, it was at the Country Club Plaza. And, oh yes -- the roar of the crowd was also directed at thousands of holiday lights.

Butler thanks KC for his time with the Royals

Departed designated hitter Billy Butler gave thanks to Kansas City fans and the Royals organization on Thursday by taking out a full-page ad in the Thanksgiving edition of the Kansas City Star.

Royals acquire shortstop Jackson from Dodgers

The Royals acquired shortstop Ryan Jackson from the Dodgers on Wednesday in exchange for cash considerations.

Royals Charities spreading goodwill all year round

A World Series came to the Royals for the first time in 29 years, but many Kansas City organizations know there's something they can depend upon every year. That's Royals Charities, an ownership hallmark of the Glass family. It has provided the K.C. community and region many things for which to be thankful, donating more than $8.3 million to about 300 organizations since its inception in 2001.

Royals' magical run to World Series wowed Matthews

Denny Matthews, in broadcasting Royals games since their first season in 1969, has seen just about everything. So his take on the 2014 World Series edition has a background of 46 seasons of watching the club.