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Lesky’s Notes: The Royals are outspending everyone

Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports When is someone going to stop the big market Royals? The headline of this might not be true by the time you read it, but as of yesterday morning at least, the Royals had spent more on free agents than any other team in baseball. Sure, they’ve allocated less than $20 million so far, but that’s still more than anyone else, and we should celebrate that for as long as its true. Or maybe we should mock the game for it. I actually don’t know. Either way, the Royals are at least being active and after non-tendering Maikel Franco (first...

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KC Royals Prediction: Bubba Starling will come back

The KC Royals didn’t offer Bubba Starling a contract Wednesday, but that doesn’t mean his Kansas City days are over. The roller coaster career of Bubba Starling took another dip Wednesday when the KC Royals declined to offer him a contract for the 2021 season. In the short term, Starling is a free agent with […] KC Royals Prediction: Bubba Starling will come back - Kings of Kauffman - Kings of Kauffman - A Kansas City Royals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Slugger Kyle Schwarber offers skill set KC Royals need for 2021

The KC Royals need a left fielder and it just so happens that one just arrived on the market. Kyle Schwarber is someone Kansas City should target. As we inch closer to Winter Meetings, teams have non-tendered players and now those same players are hitting free agency for anyone to scoop up and sign. One […] Slugger Kyle Schwarber offers skill set KC Royals need for 2021 - KC Kingdom - KC Kingdom - Royals, Chiefs, Jayhawks, Kansas State, Mizzou & More

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Non-tendered free agent that could be of interest to the Royals

Photo by Dylan Buell/ The Royals could find a bargain. The non-tender deadline has passed with 56 more players joining the list of free agents. Non-tendered free agents are typically younger, with more upside than traditional free agents, since they don’t have six years of service time yet, plus a team that signs them could get more than one year of club control. On the flip side, non-tendered free agents are players that a team decided was not worth hanging onto, and no team was willing to trade for. Based on our modeling, the average non-tendered player had a...

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KC Royals Midweek News, Views, Rumors and Takes

The KC Royals are signing free agents, deciding who to tender and who not to tender, and hopefully contemplating a trade or two. Some KC Royals Wednesday brainstorming while happily realizing spring training is less than three months away: Not to worry if you were expecting KC Royals Midweek Musings in this space today—we’ve changed the […] KC Royals Midweek News, Views, Rumors and Takes - Kings of Kauffman - Kings of Kauffman - A Kansas City Royals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Royals to non-tender Maikel Franco

Photo by Ed Zurga/ The third baseman was in his last year of arbitration. The Royals will non-tender third baseman Maikel Franco, making him a free agent, according to MLB.com reporter Mark Feinsand. The 28-year old hit .278/.321/.457 with eight home runs in 60 games. He was non-tendered last off-season by the Phillies, allowing the Royals to sign him to a one-year deal. Franco was the sixth-most valuable third baseman by WAR, according to Fangraphs. But according to estimates by MLB Trade Rumors, he was due to make between $4.5 and $8 million next season in his last...

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Royals Rumblings - News for December 2, 2020

I’ll bet you 5 bucks those ears are super soft | Minda Haas Kuhlmann It’s November 32nd. Alec Lewis dug into how Michael A. Taylor’s center field defense fits in with the Royals: Parse the numbers, and the picture will become clearer. Here’s a plus defender, who was granted free agency in October from the Nationals after a seven-year big-league career. Here’s a plus defender, whom Moore and the Royals signed at a cost that may free them up to sign another player such as a middle-of-the-order bat. “Kauffman is a big outfield,” Taylor said, “and I love...

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No free agent will mask the flaws or promise of the Royals organization

Khalil Lee #24 of the Kansas City Royals makes a catch in the outfield during an intrasquad scrimmage as part of summer workouts at Kauffman Stadium on July 10, 2020 in Kansas City, Missouri. | Photo by Jamie Squire/ The minor leagues are still the thing to watch. To this day, there is a persistent and very wide-reaching opinion that the Second Golden Age Royals of the mid-2010s ended because a small market team like Kansas City could never keep up with the big market teams, and that their eventual fall from grace was just how these things happen, especially with the...

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Mike Minor’s five best outings as a Royal

Sep 27, 2017; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals catcher Drew Butera (9) and relief pitcher Mike Minor (26) celebrate after defeating the Detroit Tigers at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports | Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports Forever Royal is real. Mike Minor is officially back! Minor’s Royals tenure the first time around was the story of perseverance. Sidelined prior to making an appearance in the 2015 season after shoulder surgery, the Braves non-tendered him for 2016, making him a free agent. The Royals signed him to a...

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Outside The Confines: The yawn before the storm

KANSAS CITY, MO - JULY 2: Eddie Rosario #20 of the Minnesota Twins takes a nap on the field before warming up for the game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on July 2, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Kyle Rivas/) | Photo by Kyle Rivas/ pokes the free agent market Do something I am sure this is an example of setting myself up for regret (especially with Kris Bryant trade rumors swirling) but friends, let me tell you, this offseason is feeling pretty slow. As with some previous postseasons (2018 comes to mind as feeling especially molasses-like),...

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Royals Rumors: Michael A. Taylor gives Royals another outfielder for 2021

Royals rumors are busy this week, as the Kansas City Royals signed Michael A. Taylor on Monday. This is their second free agent signing of the week. The Kansas City Royals added another outfielder to their roster by signing Michael A. Taylor to a one-year deal worth $1.75 million and another $1 million in incentives. […] Royals Rumors: Michael A. Taylor gives Royals another outfielder for 2021 - KC Kingdom - KC Kingdom - Royals, Chiefs, Jayhawks, Kansas State, Mizzou & More

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KC Royals: A trio of last-minute non-tender candidates

Teams must tender contracts to certain players by tomorrow; three KC Royals are obvious “non-tender” candidates who will become free agents unless tendered. The final out of the 2020 World Series marked the end of the most unique season in major league history. Hours later, baseball’s clock struck Midnight and the offseason began in earnest […] KC Royals: A trio of last-minute non-tender candidates - Kings of Kauffman - Kings of Kauffman - A Kansas City Royals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Potential free agent target: Jackie Bradley, Jr.

Photo by Maddie Meyer/ Whit’s former teammate at South Carolina provides great defense. With Alex Gordon retiring, the Royals could be in the market for a free agent outfielder to be in the mix with Whit Merrifield, Edward Olivares, and Franchy Cordero. Kansas City is not likely to shop in the top tier of free agent outfielders, but if they look in the next tier, Jackie Bradley, Jr. could be a name on their list. The Royals have been reported to have interest in Bradley before, and in fact there have been rumors they have had their eyes on him ever since he was an...

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Mike Minor to Royals, per reports

Photo by Tom Pennington/ The Royals have reportedly agreed to a two year deal with Mike Minor MLB Rumors: Mike Minor and the Kansas City Royals have agreed to terms on a two year deal, per multiple reports. The free agent left handed pitcher spent the 2016 and 2017 seasons with the Royals, with his strong 2017 campaign leading to Minor inking a three year, $28 million deal with the Texas Rangers. No details on the financial terms of this deal have been reported yet. Minor, who turns 33 in December, spent the 2016 season on the injured list with Kansas City, then had a...

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Kansas City Royals shore up starting rotation with Mike Minor signing

The Kansas City Royals ended their weekend by signing LHP Mike Minor to a two-year deal. The 2020-2021 MLB offseason hasn’t started out with much noise, but the Kansas City Royals are keeping the early run on veteran starting pitching free agent signings going by inking 32-year-old lefty Mike Minor to a two-year deal on […] Kansas City Royals shore up starting rotation with Mike Minor signing - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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MLB Roundup 11/30: Mike Minor signs with the Royals

Photo by Harry How/ The lefty gets a two-year deal. Mike Minor signs with the Royals It was, for the most part, a quiet weekend around baseball. It’s been a quiet offseason in general, of course, but it was even more quiet than usual due to the Thanksgiving holiday. We did get a bit of news late Sunday night, though, with another starting pitcher coming off the board. This time it was lefty Mike Minor, who reportedly agreed to a two-year deal with the Royals. The exact terms of the contract are not yet known. For what it’s worth, MLB Trade Rumors pegged Minor for a...

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Making the case, KC Royals free agents

There are plenty of free agents available for the taking and the KC Royals even have a few to look over to see if they want to go another round. Welcome back to Kings of Kauffman’s continuing series analyzing the major league free agent market and projecting who might, or might not, fit the KC […] Making the case, KC Royals free agents - Kings of Kauffman - Kings of Kauffman - A Kansas City Royals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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KC Royals: Jorge Soler could be an offseason trade target

While it’s unlikely the KC Royals would want to get rid of any of their top hitters, if the return is right, they might just make a deal. It never fails, rumors always surface about trades and teams making moves. It doesn’t matter if it’s the most recent World Series winner or a team like […] KC Royals: Jorge Soler could be an offseason trade target - Kings of Kauffman - Kings of Kauffman - A Kansas City Royals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Lesky’s Notes: The Royals still have a Maikel Franco decision

Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports And also, do you know who Angel Zerpa is? I’ll get to that question posited in the title of this week’s column in a second, but first I’d like to point out that we are a mere week and a half from the winter meetings beginning (virtually) and we still have no earthly idea if there’s going to be a designated hitter in the National League. I talked about this last week with the Royals and Jorge Soler’s situation, and it remains true. And it’s playing at least some part of holding up the free agent market, which has pretty much...

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KC Royals: Making the case, Brewers free agents

As the two teams have been frequent trade partners, could the KC Royals find any of Milwaukee’s free agents worth reeling in? Welcome back to Kings of Kauffman’s continuing series analyzing the major league free agent market and projecting who might, or might not, fit the KC Royals’ needs. Today we look at the Brewers’ […] KC Royals: Making the case, Brewers free agents - Kings of Kauffman - Kings of Kauffman - A Kansas City Royals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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KC Royals: Making the case, Boston Red Sox free agents

The KC Royals need some outfield help and a pitcher or two to progress in 2021. The Red Sox might have a few options worth taking a look at. Welcome back to Kings of Kauffman’s continuing series analyzing the major league free agent market and projecting who might, or might not, fit the KC Royals […] KC Royals: Making the case, Boston Red Sox free agents - Kings of Kauffman - Kings of Kauffman - A Kansas City Royals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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KC Royals Midweek Musings: Rule 5, free agency and more

This week’s edition of KC Royals Midweek Musings covers the Rule 5 draft, free agency, a former Royal who has a new contract, and more. Some KC Royals Midweek Musings while wondering, because he’s now retired, what and how much Alex Gordon will eat this Thanksgiving: Rule 5 draft.  By now, you know what moves the Royals […] KC Royals Midweek Musings: Rule 5, free agency and more - Kings of Kauffman - Kings of Kauffman - A Kansas City Royals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Royals Rumblings - News for November 25, 2020

Always dress your best. | Minda Haas Kuhlmann Do you open your presents on Thanksgiving or Thanksgiving Eve? At Diamond Digest, Ryan Ruhde pulls together an offseason outlook for the Royals: If the Royals make one free agent signing this offseason, I’d like it to be one of Profar or Grossman. The largest vacancy in the Royals roster currently has been left by the retirement of Alex Gordon, and both of these players are capable of filling in in left field, will come at a price that is not too steep for the Royals, and could be long term options in left field with the...

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KC Royals need to pass on Blake Snell and Sonny Gray

Starting pitchers like Blake Snell and Sonny Gray are nice to think about, but the KC Royals shouldn’t trade for either hurler. Thanksgiving Week is typically short on baseball news, but Monday and Tuesday turned out to be interesting exceptions to the general rule that little happens close to the first major offseason holiday. Although […] KC Royals need to pass on Blake Snell and Sonny Gray - Kings of Kauffman - Kings of Kauffman - A Kansas City Royals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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KC Chiefs: Five wide receivers to potentially target in 2021 NFL Draft

  Free agency and depth likely mean the KC Chiefs will use multiple 2021 draft picks on pass catchers. With Sammy Watkins and Demarcus Robinson likely headed elsewhere this next offseason in free agency and the lack of a ‘step forward’ thus far by 2019 second-round pick Mecole Hardman, the Kansas City Chiefs will need […] KC Chiefs: Five wide receivers to potentially target in 2021 NFL Draft - KC Kingdom - KC Kingdom - Royals, Chiefs, Jayhawks, Kansas State, Mizzou & More

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KC Royals: Making the case, Mariners free agents

Almost half of Seattle’s free agents have already signed, but there might be some left who could help the KC Royals. Welcome back to Kings of Kauffman’s continuing series analyzing the major league free agent market and projecting who might, or might not, fit the KC Royals’ needs. Today we take a look at the […] KC Royals: Making the case, Mariners free agents - Kings of Kauffman - Kings of Kauffman - A Kansas City Royals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Potential free agent target: Hunter Renfroe

Photo by Tom Pennington/ The outfielder could provide some much needed pop. The Royals probably won’t be making a big splash in free agency this off-season, but they will be looking to upgrade a team that finished tied with the seventh-worst record in baseball last year. The team seems likely to target players that fit into the rebuild that centers around a crop of young pitchers. Outfielder Hunter Renfroe is fresh off a trip to the World Series with the Tampa Bay Rays, but was designated for assignment last week as the team was caught in a 40-man roster crunch....

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A slow market may be the KC Royals best friend

The KC Royals will be looking for free agents who can make an impact. With a market that may be slow, the team could cash in with some good deals. What the KC Royals will do over the offseason is always a mystery. Sometimes they talk about the players they need, sometimes they are quiet. […] A slow market may be the KC Royals best friend - Kings of Kauffman - Kings of Kauffman - A Kansas City Royals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Will Trevor Bauer's Meltdown Diminish His Trade Value? | Tiki + Tierney

Tiki Barber reacts to Cleveland Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer firing two baseballs into the stands in frustration during a game against the Kansas City Royals. Tiki Barber then discusses whether or not this will diminish Trevor Bauer's value as a trading p

MLB.com FastCast: Merrifield signs extension - 1/28/19

Whit Merrifield signs a four-year contract extension with the Royals, plus the Reds emerge as trade candidates for catcher J.T. Realmuto About Major League Baseball: Major League Baseball (MLB) is the most historic professional sports league in the Unite

Blaine Boyer enters free agency at age 37

Blaine Boyer is set to become a free agent before the 2019 season after appearing in 21 games for the Royals in 2018 About Major League Baseball: Major League Baseball (MLB) is the most historic professional sports league in the United States and consist