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Dodgers have reportedly inquired about Ryan Madson

In his last six MLB seasons Ryan Madson has held a 22-15 record with a 2.77 ERA over 378 appearances. Ed Zurga Getty ImagesAfter proving he's still got it in a comeback season with the Kansas City Royals in 2015, reliever Ryan Madson is reportedly drawing interest from the Los Angeles Dodgers.According to CBS Sports, the Dodgers, who are looking to bolster their bullpen, have inquired...
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Alex Gordon a Value Buy in Free Agency

Alex Gordon has been a really good, perhaps slightly underrated, player over the last five seasons for the Kansas City Royals. An untimely injury limited his role during this most recent regular season, but he was a big part of the club’s playoff runs each of the past two seasons and played a major role in Kansas City’s first World Series title in 30 years. Thanks to a team-friendly...
Via Fangraphs
9 hours ago  |  Discuss

Royals: Making contact and winning championships

It'€™s time for everyone'€™s favorite offseason game. Let's look at this year'€™s World Series winner, find some fun fact about it, and assume that fun fact was the reason that it won the World Series! Now entering the studio are this year'€™s contestants. A contact-making team from Kansas City, Missouri: The Royals! Even as the Royals entered the World Series, people were...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Royals Need Prospects to Step Up in 2016

While I’ve advocated for the Kansas City Royals to worry about winning now and not to be too worried about potential down times in a couple years, the reality of any team is that they have to think about today, tomorrow and next week. As is often the case with teams to reach the top […]
Via Pine Tar Press
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Figuring Out What To Pay Ben Zobrist

Ben Zobrist has been something of a polarizing figure in the game for seven years now. Ever since his 2009 breakout — where a 28 year old with -0.4 career WAR put up an +8.6 WAR season — his place among the game’s best players has been a point of discussion, with some pretty wide ranging opinions regarding his value. To the sabermetric community, he was a legitimate superstar...
Via Fangraphs
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Quick Study: The Effect of Defense on a Low-Strikeout Staff

The Royals outperformed their preseason projections here at FanGraphs by a substantial 16 wins. The Royals also assembled one of the best defensive teams in the majors this year — and have done so for much of the recent past. Indeed, from 2011 to 2015, the Royals have produced the league’s highest UZR total (175), averaging 35 runs saved per season above average. One area I have...
Via Fangraphs
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Why the Royals Must Bring Ben Zobrist Back

The Kansas City Royals went all-in for 2016 when they traded for Ben Zobrist and Johnny Cueto at the trade deadline. The moves paid off, and Kansas City hoisted its first World Series trophy since 1985. Cueto was certainly a rental, and it’s doubtful there will even be serious contract talks between the ace pitcher […]
Via Baseball Essential
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros ‘hell-bent to get a closer’ this offseason

Holding a 2-1 series lead and up 6-2 on the Kansas City Royals in the eighth inning of a closeout Game 4 of the 2015 ALDS, the Houston Astros needed just six outs to advance to the ALCS. Instead they watched their bullpen quartet of Will Harris, Tony Sipp, Luke Gregerson, and Josh Fields totally...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Necessary Moves: Alcides Escobar, Kansas City Royals

Over the next 30 days, I’ll look at 30 players—one from each team—that I believe should be traded. Some will seem obvious, just as others will seem nonsensical. Some may also seem desperate, but it’s important to understand that this list is entirely subjective. A player can be deemed movable for any of the following reasons: production (or lack thereof), current and future...
Via The Sports Post
4 days ago  |  Discuss

World Champion Royals to Open 2016 Season

  DALLAS – ESPN will provide national coverage of seven 2016 Opening Day games on Sunday, April 3rd and Monday, April 4th.  The announcement was made today by Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. at the conclusion of MLB’s quarterly owners meetings. The seven games on Sunday and Monday will include the participation of all 10 Clubs that played in the 2015 Postseason, including...
Via i70baseball
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals’ Roster Decisions: Rule 5 Draft-Eligible Prospects

Before the Royals make moves to fill out their major league lineup, they have some decisions to make regarding their 40-man roster. Friday is the deadline for teams to add minor leaguers to their roster to protect them from next month’s Rule 5 Draft. For those unfamiliar with that draft, there’s a brief summary at […]
Via Pine Tar Press
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Sports Illustrated’s ‘Sportsman of the Year’ and the Kansas City Royals

Have you voted yet?  Obviously you have, this is a Royals fan I am talking to.  But perchance you favor another team, and just so happened to stumble onto our site, maybe you were unaware the Kansas City Royals are up for as Sports Illustrated's 'Sportsman of the Year.'  This award is a popular vote contest, and the winner will be revealed on December 15th when S.I. crowns...
Via Royals Blue
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Matt Harvey, nicknamed ‘Dark Knight’, signs Batman masks

  Matt Harvey is really embracing his nickname. The 26-year-old ace of the New York Mets pitching staff earned the nickname “The Dark Knight of Gotham” in 2013, a reference to popular comic book hero Batman. Mets fans took to wearing Batman masks during New York’s postseason run, so Steiner Sports smartly asked Harvey to start signing them.
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Report: ‘Decent chance’ Royals lose Alex Gordon in free agency

The Kansas City Royals may well lose Alex Gordon to free agency, with the team unwilling to give him the five year deal he’ll likely find elsewhere. CBS Sports’s Jon Heyman reports in his latest Inside Baseball roundup that there is a “decent chance” that Gordon doesn’t return to the team, citing the fact that...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Is Johnny Cueto That Much Of A Mystery?

Is Johnny Cueto that much of a mystery? When the Kansas City Royals made a massive splash to get Johnny Cueto from the Cincinnati Reds at the trade deadline, the Royals thought they were getting a guy who they could count on start in and start out. After all, Cueto was spinning a gem of a season with Cincinnati with a nifty 2.60 ERA (3.20 FIP, 3.57 xFIP) and an fWAR of 3.0. Cueto...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Jonny Gomes wants to be an MLB manager when he retires

Jonny Gomes has an idea for retirement. No, the energetic major league outfielder isn’t planning a transition into show business. And he doesn’t intend to trade his baseball glove for pom-poms despite being an entertaining vocal supporter. Instead, the 34-year-old thinks a managerial career could be in the cards once he hangs up the spikes. Gomes recently told The Boston Globe’s...
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Sandy Alderson to miss MLB Winter Meetings

After collapsing at a press conference last Wednesday, New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson will miss the annual general manager meetings to undergo an unspecified medical procedure.John Ricco, the assistant general manager, made the announcement Monday at the start of the four-day session."He had a medical procedure that was scheduled after the season ended and because...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals fan crowdfunds to try to keep Zobrist, Gordon in KC

So, ummm…this is something. Shortly after the World Series ended, Kansas City Royals fan John Karpinski hit the internets and set up a GoFundMe page in hopes of raising enough money to keep both Ben Zobrist and Alex Gordon from packing their bags and heading elsewhere.“We’re in the second smallest market in MLB,” Karpinski wrote. “Did you get $10, $100, $1000 worth of...
Via Hall of Very Good
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Julia Roberts is a Kansas City Royals Fan?

Plenty is made about baseball teams and their famous fans and this past World Series had its fair share. Representing the Kansas City Royals fan base were comedic actors Paul Rudd, Jason Sudeikis, Rob Riggle and Eric Stonestreet while the New York Mets were led by heavyweights Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock and Billy Joel. And while the newly minted World Champs might not have as...
Via Hall of Very Good
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Ben Zobrist’s newborn daughter’s middle name is Royal

Ben Zobrist spent roughly 14 weeks as a member of the Kansas City Royals following a July trade, but it’s safe to say his time there made quite the impact on him. Such an impact, in fact, that Zobrist and wife Julianna named their newborn daughter Blaise Royal Zobrist. BLAISE ROYAL ZOBRIST, waited for her...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Internal OF Replacements for the Royals Should Gordon Not Re-Sign

There has been A LOT of coverage in recent days of Alex Gordon’s contract situation with the Kansas City Royals. I firmly believe he will return to the team. I desperately want him to return to the team. Whereas I know it would probably cost the organization the chance to re-sign all the younger players that will hit free agency over the next few years (Eric Hosmer, Lorenzo Cain...
Via Royals Blue
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Escobar’s inside-the-park home run ball nets $19K at auction

The ball Alcides Escobar laced into the outfield for an inside-the-park home run during Game 1 of the World Series has sold on the MLB’s auction website for a whopping $19,200, reports Darren Rovell. Escobar’s unconventional round-tripper during the first inning of the Kansas City Royals’ 5-4, extra innings victory over the New York Mets was the first inside-the-park home...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

WWE superstar Triple H salutes the Kansas City Royals

This is going to look awesome in the trophy case. Not even twelve hours after the Kansas City Royals won the World Series, WWE Superstar-turned-WWE-executive Triple H (real name Paul Levesque) tweeted that the company would be awarding the team with their own championship belt. Congrats to the 2015 @MLB World Series Champions the Kansas City @Royals! #HeadedYourWay #DontGetChampagneOnTheTitl...
Via Hall of Very Good
23 days ago  |  Discuss

End of season post-mortem: 2015 Kansas City Royals

The Kansas City Royals are the last team standing, and deserve congratulations as the undisputed best team in baseball for the 2015 season. While they should have been the favorite from day one after finishing just one game short of the title last season, they had to fight their way to respect. They never fell below second place in the AL Central all year and finished the year in...
Via The Outside Corner
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals' Christian Colon credits Jonny Gomes for poise

Jonny Gomes is a winner. Regardless of his role, the veteran MLB outfielder brings a positive attitude that’s contagion is unstoppable. That was crystal clear Sunday night, when seldom-used utility man Christian Colon stepped to the plate in the top of the 12th inning with the potential World Series-winning run just 90 feet away. Colon delivered with an RBI line drive to left...
23 days ago  |  Discuss

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