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Billy Bulter: The End of an “Era”

The Kansas City Royals recently said goodbye to 8-year veteran, Billy Butler, due to free agency.  Butler signed a $30 million, 3-year contract with the Oakland Athletics that spans from 2015-2018.  There are many fans in Kansas City that will be sad not seeing #16 step out on Opening Day, but looking at the statistics, the Royals may very well be better off without the DH. Over...
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals rumors: Andrew Miller edition

Andrew Miller could be a valuable edition to the Royals’ bullpen in 2015 ( The Kansas City Royals had their best season in nearly 30 years in 2014 and much of the credit deserves to go to the team’s strong bullpen. With names such as Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis, and Greg Holland, the Royals’ pitching in the 7th inning or later was the best in the league....
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Weak stats notwithstanding, Royals prospect Mondesi dazzles AFL scouts

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Rival scouts continue to rave about Royals shortstop prospect Raul Mondesi. In fact, Royals assistant general manager J.J. Picollo said when he visited the Arizona Fall League earlier this month, he got flooded with compliments about Mondesi, a 6-foot-1, 170-pound 19-year-old. "There had to be five or six totally unsolicited remarks from other scouts about...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Royals Right-Handed Answer Could Come Through Trade

When you hear about what the Kansas City Royals are looking to do to make their 2015 club better than their 2014 club, you hear of a few things. They're looking for starting pitching to replace the quality innings of James Shields. They're looking for some bullpen help to add some depth to the big three of Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis and Greg Holland. They're looking for a backup...
Via Pine Tar Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Outfielder Josh Willingham retires after reaching his first World Series

Josh Willingham is retiring after 11 major league seasons, agent Matt Sosnick said Monday. The 35-year-old outfielder hit .215 with 14 homers and 40 RBI in 364 plate appearances this year with Minnesota and Kansas City. He was 1 for 4 in his first postseason appearance, including 0 for 2 in the World Series. Willingham has a .253 career average with 195 homers and 632 RBI in a big...
Via AP on Fox
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Josh Willingham retires after eleven seasons

After 11 Major League seasons, Josh Willingham has decided to call it a career. The 35-year old outfielder told about his retirement Monday morning, saying that “After praying on my decision many times and talking to my wife, my father and ex-players who have gone through the same process toward the end of their careers, I have decided to retire.” Willingham was drafted...
Via On-Base Talk
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Josh Willingham retires from baseball

Getty Images Josh Willingham had contributed little at the major league level over the last two seasons. On Monday the 35-year-old outfielder announced that he was retiring from baseball. “After praying on my decision many times and talking to my wife, my father and ex-players who have gone through the same process toward the end of their careers, I have decided to retire,” Willingham...
2 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB Rumors: Josh Willingham to retire

Josh Willingham has announced that he will be retiring from the game of baseball, according to Jerry Crasnick with ESPN. Willingham spent his 11 seasons with 5 different teams, and spent most of his career in the outfield. #180271264 / Willingham (35), was drafted in the 17th round by the Florida Marlins, and made his debut in 2004 with the team when he was...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals Rumors: Kansas City remains interested in Torii Hunter

The Kansas City Royals remain in the hunt for a new bat. After letting Billy Butler walk in free agency, they are in need of a replacement. I reported earlier about the Royals searching for a bat and it seems they have focused their efforts onto one player, Torii Hunter. #456605614 /  Source says #Royals continue to stay in contact with Torii Hunter. Could absorb...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals Rumors: Kansas City searching for new designated hitter

The Kansas City Royals are coming off an improbable World Series appearance and want to continue on the upward trend. They recently lost Billy Butler in free agency to the Oakland Athletics, so finding a replacement designated hitter has jumped towards the top of the priority list for the Royals. There are plenty of bats on the market that could fit the bill and be a solid replacement...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals owner Glass not sure about a significant payroll spike

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- With the added October playoff revenue and an expected boost in season attendance in 2015, one could anticipate the Royals' payroll -- about $95 million at season's end -- going up significantly next season. But that's not necessarily a given, Royals owner David Glass said at the owners meetings in Kansas City at the InterContinental Hotel. "I don't know what...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Yasmany Tomas Would Mean the World for the Royals

The Kansas City Royals aren't typically players in free agency. This isn't a new phenomenon either. Digging through Royals history, even the good days, the team was not built through free agency. Now, as the economics of baseball have shifted, the Royals remain out of the free agent game for the most part. When the off-season began, though, it was pretty clear that the Royals would...
Via Pine Tar Press
6 days ago  |  Discuss

It still could happen: Royals haven't given up on re-signing Shields

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Not so fast regarding the pending departure of free-agent right-hander James Shields. According to sources with knowledge of the situation, the Royals have not abandoned hope of re-signing their former ace and could still become a player in the bidding for Shields' services if offers "don't get outrageous." "The main thing is they really don't want to break up...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Job Posting: Royals Systems Architect / Developer

Systems Architect/Developer, Baseball Analytics – Kansas City Royals (Kansas City, MO) JOB SUMMARY: The Kansas City Royals Baseball Club is seeking a highly motivated, full-stack systems architect / developer to support baseball operations. The ideal applicant will be able to manage multiple, concurrent projects that facilitate enhanced communications, reporting, and other interactions...
Via Fangraphs
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals rumors: Adam LaRoche edition

First baseman Adam LaRoche could be a valuable asset to the Royals in 2015 (washingtonpost). The Kansas City Royals had a glaring hole at the designated hitter position last season when Billy Butler hit only nine home runs while driving in only 66 runs all season. With Butler’s departure to Oakland yesterday, the Royals have stated they may rotate starters for rest in the DH position...
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Why the Billy Butler Deal Probably is Crazy

I’ll give Eno Sarris points for trying, although I fully expect his attempt to find value in Billy Butler‘s three year, $30 million deal with the A’s will fuel the fires of those who think Billy Beane gets a pass for every move he makes. Hopefully, this post will assuage some of that, because despite […]
Via Fangraphs
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Why the Billy Butler deal may not be totally crazy

At first glance, it seems crazy. A bad-body post-peak designated hitter that was under replacement last year… three years? $30 million? Billy Butler to the Athletics? A team that has never had three ten million dollar players on the roster at one time did so for the first time in order to sign a guy […]
Via Fangraphs
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Reports: Billy Butler, A’s Agree To Three-Year Deal Worth $30 Million

OAKLAND, Calif. — Free-agent designated hitter Billy Butler and the Oakland Athletics have agreed to a $30 million, three-year contract, a person with knowledge of the negotiations said Tuesday night. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the A’s had not announced the deal, their typical practice until a new player passes a physical. Butler would provide a right...
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Offense can wait: Royals' top priority is finding an ace

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Here's the problem the Royals and general manager Dayton Moore face this offseason: They have a lot of work to do just to stay as good as they were in 2014 when they reached Game 7 of the World Series. And, of course, the expectations are that the Royals need to get even better if they want another magical ride in 2015. How can they? Here are five musts: FIND...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Kansas City stadiums had poor food safety conditions

Kansas City Royals fans might have felt sick after attending World Series games at Kauffman Stadium — but not because of their team’s performance. A detailed “Outside the Lines” report shows there were routinely poor food safety conditions not only at the concession stands of Kauffman Stadium, but also next door at Arrowhead Stadium — home of the Kansas City Chiefs. ...
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Food health code violations alleged at Kansas City stadiums

Hope you are not eating as you read this. According to a report by ESPN’s Outside the Lines, there have been dozens of health code violations as it relates to food that has been served at Arrowhead Stadium (Chiefs) and Kauffman Stadium (Royals), the two professional sports venues in Kansas City, Missouri. Here is part of ESPN’s report.  The food safety manager at Kansas...
Via Sportsnaut
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals Add Two Players

KANSAS CITY, MO (November 12, 2014) – The Kansas City Royals announced today that they have signed a pair of six-year free agents, infielder Ryan Roberts and left-handed pitcher Joe Paterson, to minor league contracts, which include an invite to Major League Spring Training. Roberts, 34, spent the 2014 season in the Boston Red Sox organization, playing in eight games at the Major...
Via i70baseball
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals pitcher has a big Chipotle superstition

Jeremy Guthrie loves his Chipotle. The Kansas City Royals righty recently sat down with Jay Mohr and when the subject of pre-game superstitions came up, this. “People always ask ‘what do you do that’s superstitious?’ I have to have Chipotle before every game I pitch. So, 32 times this year,” Guthrie told the host of Mohr Stories. “I would own one in a heartbeat. I need...
Via Hall of Very Good
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Analysis: Alex Gordon wouldn't have scored on Game 7 error

Mike Jirschele held Alex Gordon at third base during the final moments of Game 7. Otherwise, the Kansas City Royals’ World Series would’ve ended at home plate, not on Salvador Perez’s foul pop in the next at-bat. Fangraphs examined the much-discussed play, in which Gordon singled and advanced all the way to third base on an error. When San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon...
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Should The Royals Have Waved Alex Gordon Home? (Video)

Here are two Tweets that illustrate the conversations that will be going on for a very long time. Yes, Gordon would have been out by 15 feet had he gone home. So please, drop that narrative. — Isaac (@WorldofIsaac) October 30, 2014 Gordon was at third base at this point. Would have taken a perfect throw to get him at plate. #Royals
Via BlackSportsOnline
28 days ago  |  Discuss

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