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Topeka Capital-Journal Nov 21, 2014

KC's Ibanez, Wakamatsu finalists to manage Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Raul Ibanez, Kevin Cash and Don Wakamatsu are the finalists to replace Joe Maddon as manager of the Tampa Bay Rays. Dave Martinez, the Rays’ bench coach for the past seven seasons, was among seven candidates dropped Friday. Also cut were Barry Larkin, Doug Glanville, Manny Acta, Craig Counsell, Charlie Montoyo and Ron Wotus. Tampa Bay said interviews with the finalists will be scheduled for the week of Dec. 1. Maddon left the Rays after nine seasons to manage the Chicago Cubs. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Nov 21, 2014

Local sports briefs for Nov. 20: Royals set 40-man roster for offseason

The Kansas City Royals announced three roster moves before the offseason reserve list deadline Thursday night. The Royals acquired outfielder Reymond Fuentes from the San Diego Padres for left-handed pitcher Kyle Bartsch. The Royals also selected the contracts of outfielder Jorge Bonifacio and infielder Orlando Calixte. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Nov 19, 2014

Free-agent DH Butler, Athletics reach three-year deal

OAKLAND, Calif. — Billy Beane realized the interest in designated hitter and first baseman Billy Butler would be high, and wasted little time bringing him to the Oakland Athletics. The versatile Butler agreed to a $30 million, three-year contract with the A’s that takes him through the 2017 season. Always looking for a middle-of-the-lineup hitter, Oakland announced the deal Wednesday to bring in Butler. He provides manager Bob Melvin another player who can contribute at multiple positions. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Nov 19, 2014

So long: Billy Butler gets 3 years, $30M from Oakland

OAKLAND, Calif. — Free agent designated hitter Billy Butler and the Oakland Athletics have agreed to a $30 million, three-year contract, a person with knowledge of the negotiations said Tuesday night. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the A’s hadn’t announced the deal, their typical practice until a new player passes a physical. Butler would provide a right-handed bat with power who can also play first base. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Nov 18, 2014

Billy Butler signs three-year deal with Oakland Athletics

Billy Butler’s time in Kansas City is officially over. The eight-year veteran with the Royals agreed to a three-year, $30 million contract with the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday, ESPN The Magazine’s Buster Olney confirmed. The Royals exercised Butler’s $1 million buyout option in early November, making the designated hitter a free agent for the first time. Butler, 28, hit .271 with nine home runs and 66 RBIs in 2014. He was an All-Star in 2012 and hit .262 with eight RBIs in Kansas City’s 13 postseason games this year. read more

Report: Rangers, Royals eyeing Kennedy

Right-hander one of three starting pitchers Padres could trade for offensive help.
Topeka Capital-Journal Nov 15, 2014

Japan no-hits MLB All-Stars in Game 3

TOKYO — Takahiro Norimoto combined with three relievers on a no-hitter, and Japan beat the Major League Baseball All-Stars, 4-0, on Saturday in a game in which Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano broke his toe. Norimoto, who went 14-10 with a 3.02 ERA this season for the Rakuten Eagles, struck out six in five perfect innings. Cano was hit by a pitch on the right foot in the seventh inning. The Mariners confirmed later Saturday that X-rays revealed a fracture in his small toe and he is expected to miss 3-4 weeks. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Nov 13, 2014

Mike Trout unanimous pick for 1st AL MVP Award

NEW YORK — Mike Trout was a unanimous winner of the American League’s Most Valuable Player award after consecutive second-place finishes. The Los Angeles Angels center fielder received all 30 first-place votes and 420 points in balloting announced Thursday by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. At 23, he became the fifth-youngest MVP in major league history. Detroit designated hitter Victor Martinez was second with 229 points and Cleveland outfielder Michael Brantley third with 185. read more
Express-Times Nov 12, 2014
MLB hot stove: Kansas City Royals interest in Ryan Howard reportedly overblown

MLB hot stove: Kansas City Royals interest in Ryan Howard reportedly overblown

After kicking the tires on a trade, a report suggests the Royals would be more apt to re-sign designated hitter Billy Butler than trade for Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard.
Topeka Capital-Journal Nov 11, 2014

Ned Yost finishes third in AL Manager of the Year voting

NEW YORK — Baltimore’s Buck Showalter was voted AL Manager of the Year for the third time, edging the Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Scioscia and Kansas City’s Ned Yost. Showalter received 25 of 30 first-place votes and 132 points in balloting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America announced Tuesday. He kept up his pattern of winning the award once a decade following victories with the New York Yankees in 1994 and Texas in 2004. Scioscia was second with four firsts and 61 points and Yost third with 41 points followed by Seattle’s Lloyd McClendon with 29 points. read more
Newark Star-Ledger Nov 11, 2014

MLB hot stove: Kansas City Royals discuss potential trade for Phillies' Ryan Howard (report)

Could Howard be the piece that puts the Royals over the top to win a World Series?
Topeka Capital-Journal Nov 10, 2014

James Shields rejects qualifying offer from Royals

While the decision was expected as soon as the season ended, the result is the same: Kansas City’s ace is officially a free agent. Starting pitcher James Shields rejected the Royals’ one-year, $15.3 million qualifying offer, a move that was academic considering the big-money contract he is expected to receive in free agency. And while that deal could still come with Kansas City, the Royals will receive a compensatory draft pick at some point in the first round if it does not. read more

Local sports briefs: Alex Gordon honored as best defender in AL

GORDON HONORED AS BEST DEFENDER IN AMERICAN LEAGUE: Kansas City left fielder Alex Gordon and Yadier Molina were named the Rawlings Platinum Glove Award winners Friday for their respective leagues by the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR). The award is presented to the best defensive player among the nine Rawlings Gold Glove Award winners in each league. Gordon, who has won four Rawlings Gold Glove Awards, topped teammate Salvador Perez for the award, receiving 21.6 percent to the KC catcher’s 15.9 percent. read more

Twinsights: Hitting coach Bill Springman signs on with Kansas City Royals

Bill Springman, who spent 14 years as a hitting instructor in the Twins organization before his contract wasn’t renewed in September, has been hired by the Kansas City Royals. Springman, 58, will be a senior roving hitting adviser in the Royals’ player-development department. Former outfielder Terry Bradshaw serves as minor-league hitting coordinator for the Royals, who fell just shy of the second World Series championship in club history last month. “I am very thankful to the Twins organization to have enjoyed 14 wonderful seasons with such great people,” Springman said. “I feel...

KC's Ibanez among eight candidates to manage Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Kansas City’s Raul Ibanez and Tampa Bay bench coach Dave Martinez are among eight candidates the Rays are considering to be their next manager. Ibanez’s playing career spans 19 years, including stints with the Angels and Royals in 2014. Ibanez played in 33 games this past season for the Royals, hitting .188 with two home runs and five RBIs. Ibanez was active for the Royals’ wild-card game against the A’s, but did not play. He wasn’t active for the ALDS, ALCS or World Series. read more

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