Trying to Forge An Offseason Plan for the Royals

After winning the American League pennant two straight years, the Kansas City Royals regressed back to the pack with an unsightly 81-81 finish this season. In some respects, that record was a bit fortunate, as the Royals were outscored by 37 runs on the season, which comes out to a Pythagorean record of 77-85. Nevertheless, the path back to relevance in the American League is complicated...
Via Today's Knuckleball
1 day ago

Friday Notes

For the third straight season and the fourth out of the last five, the American League will be represented from a team out of the Central division, which is a stark contrast to the first 17 years of the division when it represented the AL just four times. With the Indians return trip to the Fall Classic, they have the most trips in the division with three. The Royals and Tigers each...
Via BP Kansas City
1 day ago

KC Royals: Mike Minor Could Become Reliever

KC Royals free-agent pitcher Mike Minor never took the field in 2016 due to multiple setbacks in his rehab from shoulder surgery. Kansas City should consider converting him to the bullpen in 2017. Mike Minor has been a starter his entire career, and even became a top-of-the-rotation arm in Atlanta in 2013. That season, the […] KC Royals: Mike Minor Could Become Reliever - Kings...
Via Kings of Kauffman
1 day ago

Debating Upcoming Roster Decisions (BP Kansas City Episode 30) week, we wanted to take a look at the upcoming offseason and started by checking out potential departures after 2016. This lead to the potential approach to some mutual options in player contracts, the strategy about issuing the qualifying offer, and...
Via BP Kansas City
2 days ago

One Player Could Solve Many Problems for the Royals

In the Dayton Moore era, one of the biggest holes the team has had that never has seemed to be filled is second base. In Moore’s first two years in Kansas City, he inherited Mark Grudzielanek, but after that, the position was manned by a combination of Alberto Callaspo, Mike Aviles, Willie Bloomquist, Chris Getz, Johnny Giavotella, Yuniesky Betancourt, Emilio Bonifacio, Miguel...
Via BP Kansas City
2 days ago

KC Royals: Playoff Bullpen Usage Enhancing Wade Davis’ Value

KC Royals reliever Wade Davis is gaining trade value as teams utilize relievers more than ever before in the 2016 post-season. Teams really are pulling their starters earlier than ever before this post-season. The tactic seems to have worked to suppress offense in the payoffs more than in the recent past. These trends mean that […] KC Royals: Playoff Bullpen Usage Enhancing Wade...
Via Kings of Kauffman
3 days ago

Pleskoff Scouting Report: Josh Staumont

TEAM: Kansas City Royals AGE: 22 POSITION: Pitcher BATS: Right THROWS: Right HEIGHT: 6-foot-3 WEIGHT: 200 lbs. ACQUIRED: The Kansas City Royals selected Staumont in the second round of the 2015 First-Year Player Draft out of Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, California. Staumont had transferred to Azusa Pacific from Biola University in La Mirada, California. ***** STRENGTHS...
Via Today's Knuckleball
3 days ago

Royals MiLB: Josh Staumont Continues To Excel In AFL

KC Royals AA prospect Josh Staumont showed drastic improvement in his command late last season. Dogged by wildness his entire career, Staumont tweaked his delivery. Staumont’s newfound command has continued into his first two Arizona Fall League performances. Anyone who has been regularly reading Kings of Kauffman should know that I’m excited by Josh Staumont. […] Royals MiLB...
Via Kings of Kauffman
3 days ago

The Indians' form is eerily similar to a recent World Series champion

Last season, the Kansas City Royals rode one of the most dominant bullpens in baseball history all the way to the team’s first World Series in win 30 years.The Cleveland Indians saw that level of relief-pitcher dominance and are one-upping it.If the theory is true, and postseason is baseball is really all about the ‘pens, then it’s obvious why the Indians sit one game away...
Via FOX Sports
4 days ago

Royals' Staumont stingy in Fall League win

In the Surprise Saguaros 3-1 win over the Salt River Rafters Monday afternoon, Royals No. 10 prospect Josh Staumont threw four shutout innings, allowing the Rafters just one hit.
5 days ago

Report: Royals fielding trade calls about Wade Davis

The Kansas City Royals may be considering trading one of their biggest assets. According to Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball, closer Wade Davis is available for the right price, with the team poised to pick up his $10 million option for 2017. Heyman also says the Royals would consider trading high-priced players such as Alex Gordon or Ian Kennedy, but a rival GM said that they...
Via Larry Brown Sports
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Inbox: What are Yost, Moore's future plans?

What are GM Dayton Moore and manager Ned Yost's future plans with the Royals? Beat reporter Jeffrey Flanagan answers this question and more in the Inbox.
9 days ago

Royals' Toups records three hits in first Fall League action

Corey Toups, the Royals' No. 30 prospect, picked up three hits for the Saguaros as Surprise and Peoria played to a 7-7 tie in 11 innings on Wednesday afternoon at the Peoria Sports Complex.
10 days ago

Royals begin offseason earlier than expected and with much to do

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- For two decades, finishing at .500 would have given the Royals reason to celebrate.Two trips to the World Series changes perspective.The Royals spent the first day after the regular season Monday ruing how a season full of promise went awry. There were devastating injuries, key acquisitions who failed to live up to big contracts and an offense predicated on manufacturing...
Via Associated Press
19 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB Largely Prevails in Scout-Pay Lawsuit

One can be forgiven for having forgotten about the Wyckoff v. Office of the Commissioner of Baseball lawsuit. The class action case — filed back in July 2015 by Jordan Wyckoff, a former scout for the Kansas City Royals — accused Major League Baseball and its teams of violating both federal antitrust and employment law by colluding to deprive amateur and professional scouts both...
Via Fangraphs
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals: 2016 season comes to an end

The Kansas City Royals finished the 2016 campaign on Sunday afternoon with a 3-2 loss to the Cleveland Indians, ending the season at 81-81 with their fourth consecutive season with a .500 record or better. The Royals finished the year 47-34 at Kauffman Stadium this season, but struggled on the road going 34-47. The Royals are the fourth straight defending World Championship team...
20 days ago  |  Discuss

End of season post-mortem: 2016 Kansas City Royals

The Kansas City Royals weren’t a terrible team this year, but it’s impossible to look at their likely third-place finish in the AL Central as a positive after winning the World Series in 2015. As in 2015, the Royals had a tremendous defense and bullpen, but their starting pitching and offense lagged behind while the Cleveland Indians took the next step forward and the Detroit...
Via The Comeback
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Local ratings for the 2016 MLB season are in, and Kansas City still loves the Royals

As a broadcasting entity, baseball doesn’t have the national pull of the NFL. The league has instead thrived on local television deals, as its regional popularity, combined with the value of live sports rights, is still enough to facilitate massive team-specific deals. In fact, it’s reasonable to say that the lifeblood of baseball is the local broadcasting model. But no model...
Via Awful Announcing
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Gee done for season after being hospitalized with blood clots

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Right-hander Dillon Gee has two blood clots and will not pitch again this season for the Kansas City Royals.Gee was the winning pitcher Sunday at Detroit, but was hospitalized after the game. He returned Tuesday to Kansas City."Dillon developed some shortness of breath after the game when we were packing up," Royals manager Ned Yost said before Tuesday's game...
Via Associated Press
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Terrance Gore Is Human After All

This is not how a catcher reacts to your typical regular-season caught stealing: And this is not the sort of enthusiasm with which a catcher is typically met in the post-game high-five line: If you missed what happened in the ninth inning of Wednesday’s game between the Cleveland Indians and the Kansas City Royals, I’ve already spoiled the surprise. Terrance Gore, pinch-runner...
Via Fangraphs
September 22, 2016  |  Discuss

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