Royals 25-man, minor league rosters set, Chen named Opening Day starter

The Royals demoted six players tonight - right-handed pitchers Louis Coleman, Jeremy Jeffress, lefties Tommy Hottovy, Francisley Bueno, catcher Max Ramirez and 3B Kevin Kouzmanoff - finalizing their 25-man MLB roster and their minor league rosters. Officially 26 players remain in big league camp, but Sean O'Sullivan is expected to be placed on waivers following his start tomorrow night. The Coleman demotion was a surprise, but the good news is it opens up a spot for rookie fireballer Kelvin Herrera. Everett Teaford will be the long man. Pitchers: Jonathan Broxton, Bruce Chen, Tim Collins, Aaron Crow, Danny Duffy, Kelvin Herrera, Luke Hochevar, Greg Holland, Luis Mendoza, José Mijares, Jonathan Sánchez and Everett Teaford. Catchers: Brayan Peña and Humberto Quintero. Infielders: Yuniesky Betancourt, Billy Butler, Alcides Escobar, Chris Getz, Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas. Outfielders: Jason Bourgeois, Lorenzo Cain, Jeff Francoeur, Alex Gordon and Mitch Maier. On Tuesday manager [Read more...]

Royals Report 3/25/12: Is Soria done? Royals deal for catcher, ink Escobar to extension and demote Giavotella, more…

I have neglected the Royals, so there is a bunch of stuff to go over. First and foremost, the major topic is Joakim Soria, who you can add to the list of players the Royals waited too long to trade. Now, he is untradeable. The two-time All-Star, who easily had the worst year of his career last year with a 4.03 ERA, eight blown saves and a career worst in several other categories, was expected to be back in form this season but struggled all spring. Now, he will have his second Tommy John surgery April 2 to repair his ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow. Soria left Sunday's preseason game with a sore elbow. After, he said he "was worried." So were we. As a result, it was the worst case scenario. On Monday an MRI revealed ulnar ligament damage. On Tuesday afternoon a second opinion confirmed the injury. Yesterday, Soria opted for the season-ending elbow surgery. The question is now, will Soria - who is owed a $8 million option next season - ever pitch for the Royals again? I [Read more...]

Sal Perez knee injury will require surgery, Royals cut 11, more

Royals catcher Salvador Perez, the 21-year-old who just signed a long-term extension that could keep him as a Royal through 2019, did not return to the field in the second inning. Speculation was Perez had some sort of an injury, and today it was announced that he had a torn meniscus in his left knee and will require surgery. There was no timetable announced for his return. Most meniscus repairs last 6-8 weeks. “Right now,” Perez said, “I’m in a lot of pain. I’m disappointed because this was my first year (to be in the majors on opening day). I was really motivated. It’s very painful but, hopefully, I can bounce back and I’ll be fine.” “Even if they get in there and see it’s a real simple procedure,” GM Dayton Moore said, “you’re still probably three or four weeks.” The question now becomes what will the Royals do at catcher. Manny Pina is also out the beginning of the season after a knee surgery, leaving the Royals with Brayan Pena - who is a fine backup , former top catching [Read more...]

Butler leads Royals past Texas, 6-1 in Spring opener (links)

Billy Butler had two hits, including a 2-run, 1st-inning bomb, and the Royals scored four in the fifth inning in beating the Rangers 6-1. Is this the year Bulter meets his power potential? Via KCRoyals.com: http://kansascity.royals.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120304&content_id=27003802&vkey=news_kc&c_id=kc SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Royals designated hitter Billy Butler had two hits, including a home run, in a 6-1 victory over the Rangers in the Cactus League opener for both teams at Surprise Stadium. Third baseman Mike Moustakas also had two hits and Johnny Giavotella, trying to secure the second-base job, reached on a walk and a double, and scored twice. Rangers starter Colby Lewis gave up a two-run home run to Butler in the first inning. Lewis, who led the American League with 35 home runs allowed last season, pitched two innings and threw 28 pitches before heading off to the NASCAR race in Phoenix. I felt great, especially in the bullpen," Lewis said. "I thought I [Read more...]

Royals Spring Training Update (and links) 3/3/12: Perez signs extension, Aaron Crow, Jeffers in trouble (no drugs this time), Intrasquad, MLB expands playoffs

With college basketball in full swing, we have neglected the Royals. Spring Training is under way and I already have Royals fever. On Monday, the Royals announced a "Major Announcement" was coming. Everyone assumed Alex Gordon had signed a long-term contract extension. Then we learned it wasn't him. Was it a Roy Oswalt signing? No. Hosmer or Moustakas? No. We were all stunned to find out that 21-year old catcher Salvador Perez - who had played just 38 games for KC last season and just 59 games over AA - had signed a very club-friendly extension worth $7 million over five years, with three club options that could keep him in Kansas City through 2019, with the last two years being free agent years. Dayton Moore said catcher is the "most important position on the field" and when manager Ned Yost was asked to compare Perez to someone, he kept saying, "Salvador Perez." Yost was so impressed with Perez last spring that he wanted him to make the team as a 20-year old, but Moore wouldn't [Read more...]

Royals Hot Stove 12-6-11: Trade talks heat up, more

Royals GM Dayton Moore mentioned last week that the Royals would likely not acquire any starting pitching, instead would look toward moving parts for pitching. One of the biggest names the Royals are linked to is Oakland's Gio Gonzalez, but the A's asking price of multiple impact prospects has turned off the Royals. One scout views them as a good match for the A's, given Kansas City's deep farm system. The Royals are also interested in Trevor Cahill, but the A's will not take anyone besides Mike Moustakas, Eric Hosmer or uber-prospect Wil Myers. NO THANK YOU! Cahill and Gonzalez have friendly contracts of three and four years respectively. The Royals also inquired about Tampa Bay's James Shields., but the Rays have told them it would take closer Joakim Soria, Wil Myers and shortstop prospect Christian Colon in order to land the right-hander. In other words, a deal won't happen unless the Rays lower their demands significantly, which they really have no reason to do since [Read more...]

Chen choses Royals over $$$$$ and Royals Hot Stove 11-30-11

Bruce Chen turned down more money elsewhere to stay with the Royals. This is good news for the Royals, that people actually want to stay here. Reportedly Chen turned down at least $1 million to sat in KC... In an interview with Jim Duquette and Kevin Kennedy on MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM (audio link), GM Dayton Moore said he is looking for someone to backup Alcides Escobar at short, as well as a right-handed bat that can play third base to give Mike Moustakas the occasional break. "We will be open minded with continuing to improve our rotation," added Moore during the interview. He expects any upgrades to come via trade (like the Jonathan Sanchez acquisition) rather than free agency. Bob Dutton of The Kansas City Star hears that the Royals believe the price to add an impact starting pitcher is too high, so they're attempting to build a lock-down bullpen (Twitter link) instead. Not a bad idea, especially if our starters continue to go just five innings. In a another [Read more...]

Royals Hot Stove 11/29/11: Royals to sign Broxton, interested in Rasmus?

The Royals have agreed to sign Jonathan Broxton to a one-year deal, pending a physical, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (Twitter link). The deal is worth $4 million. According to MLB Trade Rumors, the Royals plan to use Broxton as a setup man, according to Jon Heyman of SI.com (on Twitter). That said, $4 million is A LOT of money for a set-up man. I anticipate another move, of some sort coming. Is Broxton brought in as a Plan B closer in case Soria is injured, is there a trade of another late-inning reliever coming, or is this just bullpen depth? "He will be used in a set-up role," Royals GM Dayton Moore said. Broxton’s 2011 season ended in May after just 12 2/3 innings with a 5.68 ERA and nearly as many walks (9) as strikeouts (10). He wanted a one-year deal to help rebuild his value. The Mets, Rangers, Cubs and Rays also pursued Broxton. Dan Mennella explains the fantasy baseball implications of the move at CloserNews.com On a side note, Jeff Francoeur [Read more...]

Royals sign Chen, unveil uniform changes

Bruce Chen agreed to a 2-year deal worth at least $9 million, plus the possibility of $2 million more in incentives, with a base salary of $4.5 million each year with the Kansas City Royals. "Bruce has been our most consistent pitcher over the last two years," Royals general manager Dayton Moore said. "He's someone we count on -- for not only his leadership, but his ability to be a consistent performer in our rotation." The deal will be finalized when Chen, 34, returns from Panama to take a physical examination next week. With the acquisition of Jonathan Sanchez from the Giants for Melky Carbrera, Chen, Sanchez, Luke Hochevar, Danny Duffy and Felipe Paulino appear to be the Royals 5-man rotation with All-Star Aaron Crow, Pacific Coast Pitcher of the Year Luis Mendoza - who was dominant in two starts at the end of the season - Sean O'Sullivan, Mike Montgomery, Vin Mazzaro, Nate Adcock and Everett Teaford as other fringe candidates for the rotation. That's if they are done [Read more...]