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Regarding Quite a Lot of Pitchers (And Hosmer!) – BP KC Episode 45

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/kansascitybaseballvault/2017/02/23/regarding-quite-a-lot-of-pitchers-and-hosmer--bp-kc-episode-45.mp3After two weeks off, we have returned to talk about a slew of signings that add depth and intrigue to the Royals’ pitching staff this spring. We discussed Seth Maness and his miracle surgery, Jason Hammel and his value, Travis Wood and Nathan Karns and...
Via BP Kansas City
33 minutes ago

Zimmer feels healthy, hopes injury concerns are in past

Kyle Zimmer has rehabbed and feels as strong and as pain-free as he can remember. Zimmer threw his second bullpen session of camp Tuesday, and reported no pain on Wednesday -- just the normal soreness associated with throwing batting practice.
Via Royals.com
21 hours ago

Cain sticks with original glove during visit from Wilson

Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain has a special relationship with his glove. Cain has used the same glove -- a Wilson A2000 1799 -- for seven years.
Via Royals.com
21 hours ago

Eric Hosmer is an Historical Anomaly

Over the weekend, Ken Rosenthal wrote that the Royals were not going to simply accept Eric Hosmer‘s departure through free agency as inevitable, and were going to attempt to sign him to a long-term extension before he hit the open market. Because Hosmer is represented by Scott Boras, we were treated to the hyperbole of the first baseman as a “franchise player” and the speculation...
Via Fangraphs
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Breaking down the Royals' Top 30 Prospects

Kansas City's two best prospects, left-hander Matt Strahm and third baseman/outfielder Hunter Dozier, contributed at the end of last season and are ready for expanded roles in 2017. But the organization doesn't have a single player on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list and no obvious middle-of-the-order hitter or front-line starter on the way.
Via Royals.com
1 day ago

Soler wants to show Royals he can stay healthy

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Jorge Soler has made six trips to the disabled list since leaving Cuba and signing a $30 million, nine-year contract with the Chicago Cubs. Dealt in December to Kansas City for Royals closer Wade Davis, the outfielder hopes to show his new team he can stay healthy. "It's very important for him to prove he can play every day," catching coach Pedro Grifol said as...
Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Yost: Royals coping with Ventura's death 'as a group' at spring training

PHOENIX -- Nearly a month after losing prized pitcher Yordano Ventura in a car accident, manager Ned Yost has thought about so much through all the pain and grief: What could the Kansas City Royals have possibly done to better support him? Yost and general manager Dayton Moore have spent hours discussing the loss of Ventura, and Moore had even offered Ventura the option to stay with...
Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Royals working through grieving process after Ventura death

PHOENIX (AP) Nearly a month after losing prized pitcher Yordano Ventura in a car accident, manager Ned Yost has thought about so much through all the pain and grief: What could the Kansas City Royals have possibly done to better support him? Yost and general manager Dayton Moore have spent hours discussing the loss of Ventura, and Moore had even offered Ventura the option to stay...
Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

How to Rationalize an Eric Hosmer Mega-Contract

In the middle of last July, rumors started to spread that, come free agency, Eric Hosmer could seek a 10-year deal. Then, in the second half of the season, Hosmer batted .225, with a 76 wRC+. Now, in a new article from Ken Rosenthal, it’s expressed the Royals believe Eric Hosmer could seek a 10-year deal. Hosmer is represented by Scott Boras, and you can see here how Boras effortlessly...
Via Fangraphs
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Spring Training Questions: Where Does Kyle Zimmer Fit?

Spring training is a time to find out answers, but if you’re searching for answers, it means there are questions being asked. That’s what I’m here for. Last week, we investigated what the Royals could do with Cheslor Cuthbert. This week’s question centers around one of the most electric arms in the organization…when healthy. Kyle Zimmer seems like he’s been in the organization...
Via BP Kansas City
2 days ago

KC Royals: Alex Gordon CF Trial Suggests Worry About Lorenzo Cain

KC Royals manager Ned Yost insisted that the team’s plan to experiment with Alex Gordon in center field this spring was just about toying with versatility. Yet, Lorenzo Cain only managed to play 72 games in center in 2016. One of the more curious stories to come out of the first week of spring training […] KC Royals: Alex Gordon CF Trial Suggests Worry About Lorenzo Cain - Kings...
Via Kings of Kauffman
2 days ago

Kansas City Royals Enter Spring Training As Underdogs

The Kansas City Royals once again are a team few people believe will succeed, despite winning back-to-back American League pennants in 2014-15. One  year ago, the KC Royals were defending World Champions. While PECOTA, and most other publicly available projection systems predicted a below .500 finish, pundits around the league considered those predictions something of […] Kansas...
Via Kings of Kauffman
2 days ago

Report: Padres sign former All-Star Jered Weaver

It was reported earlier this month that the San Diego Padres were interested in adding a veteran pitcher to their rotation. Jered Weaver was included in that report, as was fellow veteran Travis Wood.Once Wood agreed to sign with the Kansas City Royals, it became increasingly evident that Weaver — a Southern California guy — would sign with the San Diego Padres.That apparently...
Via Sportsnaut
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals pitcher out eight weeks after falling through barn roof

Pitchers and catchers are reporting all across Arizona and Florida this week, and we’ve already got a contender for “most ridiculous baseball injury of the year.”The honor goes to Kansas City Royals pitcher Brian Flynn, who broke a rib this offseason.He broke that rib after falling through the roof of his barn. Yep – he fell through a barn roof and broke a rib. At least his...
Via The Comeback
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals to wear ‘Ace 30’ patch in memory of Yordano Ventura

The Kansas City Royals will wear an “Ace 30” memorial patch during spring training in honor of the late Yordano Ventura.ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick tweeted out an image of the patch, which bears a tribute to Ventura’s nickname, “Ace” (in reference to the Jim Carrey “Ace Ventura” character) and his jersey number. Ventura was killed in a car accident in his native Dominican...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Hammel left Cubs because of frustration with Maddon

Jason Hammel left the Chicago Cubs to sign with the Kansas City Royals this offseason, and it apparently wasn’t a completely amiable departure.According to Jesse Rogers of ESPN on Saturday, frustration with Cubs manager Joe Maddon factored into Hammel’s decision to leave Chicago.From Rogers’ report:It became obvious — and at times public – that Hammel and his manager didn’t...
Via Larry Brown Sports
11 days ago  |  Discuss

The Royals Could’ve Done Better Than Brandon Moss

Sometimes all you can do is make a move and hope for the best. Other times when money is tight, all you can do is wait. And wait some more. And wait just a little while longer until that move presents itself. Sunday afternoon, the Kansas City Royals were firmly positioned in both camps. Money was tight just as it had been all offseason, so they waited. And they kept waiting—right...
Via The Sports Post
23 days ago  |  Discuss

The Royals Just Barely Resemble the Royals

Word came out over the weekend that the Royals have signed Brandon Moss to a two-year contract, pending a physical. There’s nothing too strange about it, and Moss should have little trouble finding himself regular plate appearances. He won’t cost the Royals too much, and he will bring a power bat. You can think of him as being pretty similar, overall, to Chris Carter. Decent...
Via Fangraphs
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Royals close to signing Brandon Moss

The Kansas City Royals are apparently close to adding more pop to their lineup. According to ESPN’s Jim Bowden, the team is close to signing veteran Brandon Moss. Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan is reporting that the deal is worth $12 million over two seasons.Moss, 33, hit .225 with 28 homers and 68 RBI for the St Louis Cardinals last season. While he boasts an incredibly high strikeout...
Via Sportsnaut
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals pitcher Danny Duffy is buying up Yordano Ventura memorabilia

The untimely and tragic death of Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura last week sent shockwaves through the baseball world and beyond. At just 25 years old, the sport had lost yet another one of its budding stars well before his time.Ventura was a beloved member of the Kansas City Royals, adored by fans and teammates. Following the news of his death, fans flocked to the Royals home field...
Via The Comeback
25 days ago  |  Discuss
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