3:50 AM EST, Sat February 06, 2016

Former Royals outfielder Gomes signs with Rakuten Eagles

TOKYO — Free-agent outfielder Jonny Gomes has agreed to a one-year deal with the Rakuten Eagles of Japan’s Pacific League. Pending the outcome of a physical, Gomes is expected to join the team this month at their spring training camp in Okinawa, a team official said. The team did not release financial terms of the deal. The 35-year-old Gomes has played with seven teams in Major League Baseball, winning World Series titles with the Boston Red Sox in 2013 and the Kansas City Royals last season. read more

Royals manager Ned Yost hungry to get to spring training so he can 'get some rest'

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Ned Yost’s ideal offseason, he said, involves going to his farm in Georgia, opening the gate, locking it and not coming out of four months. Yost, of course, wasn’t able to do that this year. As manager of the world champion Kansas City Royals, Yost has kept quite busy since the Royals defeated the New York Mets in five games back in November. Appearing at the team’s annual FanFest last weekend, Yost looked a bit trimmer. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Jan 30, 2016

Joakim Soria glad to be back with Royals, hopes to start

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — In the darkness of losing seasons and with a second Tommy John surgery looming, Joakim Soria could still see light. The right-hander saw it in 2011 with the arrivals of Salvador Perez, Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Alcides Escobar, Lorenzo Cain and Greg Holland, just to name a few. At the time, Soria was entrenched as Kansas City’s closer and was a two-time All-Star. He could see a winning team was on the horizon but could he envision the Royals winning the World Series? read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Jan 29, 2016

Royals fans come out in droves to see World Series champs

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The old refrain of “Wait till next year!” has had a whole different meaning for Royals fans. As in, let’s wait as long as possible until next year. Still reveling in the team’s first World Series championship since 1985, thousands of fans descended on Bartle Hall in downtown Kansas City on Friday for the club’s annual FanFest. Even more were expected on Saturday, heading indoors despite unseasonably warm temperatures in the 60s. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Jan 29, 2016

Royals finalize $70 million deal with Ian Kennedy

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Royals on Friday added a big piece to their 2016 rotation, signing right-hander Ian Kennedy to a five-year deal worth $70 million. Kennedy, 31, will make $7.5 million this season, $13.5 million in 2017, $16 million in 2018 and $16.5 million in 2019 and 2020. The deal contains a $6 million out clause after the 2017 season. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Jan 28, 2016

Lee Arena to host Kansas City Royals World Series Trophy Tour on Feb. 24

The Kansas City Royals World Series Trophy Tour will be making a stop at Washburn. Lee Arena will host the trophy tour from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 24. Fans will be able to see World Series trophy in person during the two-hour period on a first-come, first-served basis. Photo opportunities will be available, and a professional photographer will be on hand. Professional photos will be available for purchase at royals.com. KayCee, the character who hangs the “W’ on the Royals Hall of Fame after each home victory, and Royals mascot Sluggerrr are set to appear. VideoIcon:  ...
Topeka Capital-Journal Jan 28, 2016

Kevin Haskin: Kuntz remains in first-base box, upbeat though aging

The Capital Plaza Hotel seems a bit confined for a baseball clinic. Even when a big ballroom was used last week to make room for the Kansas Association of Baseball Coaches. Rusty Kuntz made the most of the space. The Kansas City Royals first base coach had already started going over notes in preparation for the start of spring training and was eager to share thoughts on baseball. With anybody. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Jan 28, 2016

Kansas City Royals, among all major pro U.S. sports teams, have biggest attendance increase over decade

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A financial news and opinion company reports the Kansas City Royals have seen the biggest increase in fan attendance among all major professional U.S. sports teams over a 10-year span. The Internet content company 24/7 Wall St. says in a report released Wednesday that attendance at Royals home games rose 92.7 percent from 2005 to 2015, with an average attendance last year of 33,438. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Jan 27, 2016

Lorenzo Cain, Wade Davis named Royals' player, pitcher of the year

Lorenzo Cain and Wade Davis were pretty much unstoppable last season for the Kansas City Royals. And on Monday, they were honored as the team’s best players. Cain was named the Les Milgram player of the year while Davis was named the Bruce Rice pitcher of the year. Both players also earned those same honors for the 2014 season. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Jan 19, 2016

Royals will begin title defense April 3 on ESPN

The Kansas City Royals will begin defense of their world championship at 7:37 p.m. Sunday, April 3, when they play the New York Mets at Kauffman Stadium in a rematch of last year’s Fall Classic. The game will be the first ESPN “Sunday Night Baseball” broadcast of the season. The Royals announced the season opener Tuesday with the release of their entire 2016 regular-season schedule. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Jan 18, 2016

Royals complete $17.5M, 2-year deal with outfielder Cain

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Royals finalized their $17.5 million, two-year deal with Lorenzo Cain on Monday, buying out the All-Star outfielder’s final two years of arbitration. Cain will receive $6.5 million this season and $11 million next season. The 29-year-old Cain is coming off the best year of his six-year career, hitting .307 with 16 homers and 72 RBIs. He also was second in the American League with 28 stolen bases, and he became the first Royals player since 2011 to eclipse 100 runs scored. The result of that landed Cain third in voting for the AL MVP award. read more
Toronto Sun Jan 16, 2016
Former Royals pitching prospect Kniginyzky inducted into Ontario Blue Jays Hall of Fame

Former Royals pitching prospect Kniginyzky inducted into Ontario Blue Jays Hall of Fame

As Matt Kniginyzky was working his way up the Kansas City Royals ladder not a lot of good things were happening in the penthouse.
Topeka Capital-Journal Jan 16, 2016

Royals agree to 5-year deal with P Kennedy

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Royals and pitcher Ian Kennedy agreed to a $70 million, five-year deal Saturday that includes an opt-out after the first two years, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the contract won’t be completed until the 31-year-old right-hander passes a physical. That could happen this week. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Jan 15, 2016

Royals ink Danny Duffy, Jarrod Dyson to new deals

The Kansas City Royals are starting to make a habit of re-signing their own players. That trend continued Friday as the club avoided arbitration by reaching agreements with left-hander Danny Duffy, outfielder Jarrod Dyson, catchers Drew Butera and Tony Cruz and right-hander Lois Coleman on one-year deals. Duffy will make $4.225 million this season while Dyson will make $1.725 million. Butera will make $1,162,500 while Cruz will earn $975,000 and Coleman is slated to earn $750,000. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Jan 14, 2016

Jarrod Dyson, Royals outfielder, gets street named after him in his hometown of McComb, Mississippi

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The honors keep rolling in for Kansas City Royals players with the renaming of a street in McComb, Mississippi, in honor of speedy outfielder Jarrod Dyson. The McComb City Council voted in December to change the name of Warren Street to Dyson Drive, and Dyson was there on Monday to receive a proclamation about the change. Sherry Spears, secretary for McComb’s mayor and city manager, says Dyson grew up on Warren Street. read more

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