2:20 AM EST, Mon March 02, 2015
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Kris Medlen hoping to strike back with Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The call lasted about 20 minutes. By the time it was over, Kris Medlen was ready to be a Royal. On the other end of the phone with Medlen, who spent the last six seasons with the Atlanta Braves, was Kansas City Royals general manager Dayton Moore. It was a rather easy sell for Moore, coming off a World Series appearance. “I think the mindsets were all there,” Medlen said. “He learned from (John) Schuerholz and a lot of the same ideals and structure here that were over there are here. It seemed like a pretty natural fit.” read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Feb 25, 2015

Sweeney elected to Royals Hall of Fame

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Former first baseman Mike Sweeney will become the 26th member of the Kansas City Royals Hall of Fame. Sweeney, a five-time All Star when he played with the Royals from 1995 to 2007, was elected in his first ballot appearance, the team announced Wednesday. Sweeney also played for the Oakland A’s, Seattle Mariners and Philadelphia Phillies but he signed a one-day contract with the Royals in March 2011 to retire as a member of the Kansas City organization. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Feb 24, 2015

Gordon vows wrist will be ready for opening day

SURPRISE, Ariz. — Alex Gordon’s season ended stranded on third base for the final out of Game 7 of the World Series. After having wrist surgery this winter, he vows he’ll be in the Kansas City Royals’ lineup for the start of this season. Gordon missed time in July with an injured right wrist and it flared up during December workouts. “That’s when we decided we needed to take care of it,” Gordon said. “I’m not glad that it happened. But if I didn’t take care of it, who knows what would have happened during the season if it would have come back.” read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Feb 22, 2015

Finnegan ready for whatever role Royals have for him

SURPRISE, Ariz. — Brandon Finnegan would have to do quite a lot to top what he accomplished in 2014. He helped pitch TCU into the College World Series in June, the same month the Kansas City Royals drafted him in the first round. He began his pro career in Class A, was promoted to the majors in September and then got a couple of big outs for the Royals in the World Series. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Feb 20, 2015

With contract expiring, pressure is on Ex-Royal Bud Black to produce as Padres manager

PEORIA, Ariz. — In the span of 15 minutes Friday, San Diego Padres manager Bud Black successfully converted yards into feet to answer a reporter’s question, made references to three sports and casually mentioned — correctly — that Khalil Green had 97 RBIs on his first San Diego team in 2007. “He’s a good communicator, a good people person,” pitcher Ian Kennedy said. “He remembers people’s names. He remembered my dad’s name instantly. He comes across as real genuine.” read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Feb 19, 2015

Catching attention: Royals open spring training with higher profile

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Coming off a trip to the World Series, it’s understandable that the Kansas City Royals’ popularity nationally has risen. And with pitchers and catchers reporting Thursday to spring training in Surprise, Ariz., the spotlight will again be on the American League champions who were tabbed America’s Team during that magical October run last year. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Feb 19, 2015

Yost looking for ways to rest Perez

SURPRISE, Ariz. — Kansas City catcher Salvador Perez set major league records last year, catching 158 games and 1,3892/3 innings, including 15 games and 141 innings in the playoffs. After the World Series, Perez joined a major league all-star team in November touring Japan, adding to his record number of knee bends. Royals manager Ned Yost vows Perez’s workload will be reduced this season as pitchers and catchers reported Thursday to the spring training camp of the defending American League champions. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Feb 18, 2015

Hosmer, Royals agree to two-year deal

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Royals agreed Wednesday to terms with first baseman Eric Hosmer on a two-year contract, avoiding arbitration a day before pitchers and catchers are to report to spring training. Hosmer, 25, earned his second-straight Gold Glove Award in 2014, The two-year deal is worth $13.9 million. Hosmer will get $5.65 million this year under Wednesday’s agreement and $8.25 million in 2016. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Feb 18, 2015

Kansas City Royals head to spring training with high expectations

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — That old, familiar baseball refrain made famous by fans of the Brooklyn Dodgers took on an entirely different meaning for the Kansas City Royals this offseason. No longer was “Wait ‘til next year!” the battle cry of a beleaguered franchise grasping at hope. The slogan had become quite literal: After snapping a 29-year playoff drought with a trip to the World Series, the Royals wanted to keep right on playing. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Feb 17, 2015

AP source: Indians, Ex-Royal Bruce Chen reach minor league deal

CLEVELAND — A person familiar with the deal says the Indians have agreed to a minor league contract with left-hander Bruce Chen. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Tuesday because the Indians have not announced the deal. Chen will get a chance to win a roster spot at spring training, and if he does, he would get a $1 million, one-year contract plus a chance to earn performance bonuses. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Feb 16, 2015

Davis embracing setup role with Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — When you’re coming off a season that historically was one of the best in baseball for a reliever, what do you do for an encore? Well, if Royals setup man Wade Davis has his way, it would be simply staying the course. The Kansas City right-hander went 9-2 with a miniscule 1.00 ERA in 72 innings last year while walking 23 and striking out 109. Opponents hit just .151 against him and he gave up just eight runs all season. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Feb 15, 2015

Cain hopes to continue hit parade

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Lorenzo Cain isn’t exactly a prototypical No. 3 hitter, but Ned Yost isn’t exactly a by-the-book manager. So late last season when the Kansas City Royals were desperately in need of run support, Yost shuffled his lineup, putting speed at the top with shortstop Alcides Escobar leading off, Nori Aoki hitting second and Cain hitting third. The unconventional move paid off as the Royals ended a 29-year playoff drought and advanced to the World Series. read more

Blanton signs minor league deal with Royals

Former Phillies starter Joe Blanton, who hasn't pitched in the major leagues since 2013 and retired in April, is attempting a comeback with the Kansas City Royals.
Topeka Capital-Journal Feb 13, 2015

Closer Greg Holland, Royals agree to one-year deal worth $8.25M

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Kansas City Royals and closer Greg Holland avoided salary arbitration when they agreed to an $8.25 million, one-year contract before their hearing. Under the terms of Friday’s agreement, Holland will receive a $100,000 assignment bonus if he’s traded. The 29-year-old right-hander was 1-3 with a 1.44 ERA for the AL champions and struck out 90 and walked 20 in 621/3 innings. He had seven more saves and a 0.82 ERA in the postseason. The Royals reached Game 7 of the World Series before losing to San Francisco. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Feb 12, 2015

Royals, Herrera agree to $4.15M, 2-year contract

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kelvin Herrera and the Kansas City Royals agreed Thursday on a $4.15 million, two-year deal that avoids arbitration. The 25-year-old reliever made just $522,250 last season and was eligible for arbitration for the first time after compiling a 1.41 ERA. He filed for $1.9 million for this season and the Royals countered at $1.15 million. Herrera is expected to again handle the seventh inning this season ahead of setup man Wade Davis and All-Star closer Greg Holland. read more

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