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Royals acquired RHP Reid Redman and LHP Brian Flynn from the Marlins in exchange for RHP Aaron Crow.

A former infielder, Redman has taken to the mound quickly, posting a 2.00 ERA with 93 strikeouts over 90 innings in his first two pro seasons. He reached Double-A last season and turned 26 last week, so it's possible he could challenge for a promotion in 2015 even with his limited experience as a pitcher.
Nov 28 - 12:46 PM

Royals acquired LHP Brian Flynn and RHP Reid Redman from the Marlins in exchange for RHP Aaron Crow.

Flynn holds an 8.64 ERA over 25 innings at the big league level but has flashed some promise in the minors. He's a big left-hander who could either wind up as a back-end of the rotation starter or possible bullpen arm. Flynn will turn just 25 in April.
Nov 28 - 12:39 PM

Royals re-signed RHP Jason Frasor to a one-year, $1.25 million contract with a $2 million mutual option for 2016.

There's a $550,000 buyout attached to the option, so the deal will net Frasor at least $1.8 million. He can also earn an additional $500,000 in incentives in both 2015 and 2016. The Royals' big three at the back-end of the bullpen deservedly received most of the attention, but Frasor was also terrific for them in middle relief, posting a 1.53 ERA in 23 appearances after coming over in a trade with the Rangers. The 37-year-old should have another effective year or two left in the tank.
Nov 28 - 10:35 AM

Royals acquired INF Ryan Jackson from the Dodgers for cash considerations.

Jackson was claimed off waivers from the Padres earlier this month, but now he's on the move again. The 26-year-old infielder was limited to just 11 games in the minors this season due to a right wrist injury which required surgery. He'll hope for better luck on the health front in 2015.
Nov 26 - 3:12 PM

Dodgers designated INF Ryan Jackson for assignment.

Jackson was the low-man on LA's 40-man roster totem pole, which is a bad place to be when the club inevitably decides to make an MLB transaction. Decide the Dodgers did on Monday, trading for Juan Nicasio. Jackson, 26, very well could receive waiver claims. He has, in fact, never passed through the waiver process untouched, getting claimed twice (and, separately, traded a different time). The former fifth-round pick of the Cardinals suffered through a rough 2014 campaign highlighted by a serious wrist injury that stole most of his season.
Nov 24 - 4:28 PM

Jayson Nix has elected to become a free agent.

Nix was outrighted off the Royals' 40-man roster and then rejected an assignment to Triple-A Omaha, instead opting to test the open market. The 32-year-old infielder is a .212/.282/.345 career hitter in the majors.
Nov 24 - 1:56 PM

Josh Willingham has retired from baseball.

The 35-year-old outfielder informed ESPN of that decision on Monday afternoon. Willingham probably could have done pretty well for himself on the market this winter, but he'll hang up his cleats to spend more time with his family. "After praying on my decision many times and talking to my wife, my father and ex-players who have gone through the same process toward the end of their careers, I have decided to retire," Willingham said. "I'm honored to have played for as many years as I have, and I feel even luckier to walk away on my own terms instead of having the decision made for me."
Source: ESPN
Nov 24 - 12:49 PM

Royals purchased the contract of SS Orlando Calixte from Double-A Northwest Arkansas.

He's now protected from the Rule 5 Draft. Calixte hit .241/.288/.374 with 11 homers and 37 RBI for Northwest Arkansas this past season.
Nov 20 - 9:09 PM

Royals purchased the contract of OF Jorge Bonifacio from Double-A Northwest Arkansas.

The top prospect is now protected from the Rule 5 Draft. Bonifacio disappointed with a .230/.302/.309 batting line in 2014, but he's just 21 and remains an intriguing talent.
Nov 20 - 9:07 PM

Royals acquired OF Reymond Fuentes from the Padres in exchange for LHP Kyle Bartsch.

A former first-round pick, Fuentes batted .294/.363/.416 with five homers and 25 steals between Double- and Triple-A this season. The Royals have added him to their 40-man roster.
Nov 20 - 9:02 PM

Jeffrey Flanagan of FOX Sports Kansas City reports that the Royals have had internal discussions about committing to Carlos Peguero in a timeshare role in right field and at designated hitter.

The Royals are courting Torii Hunter, and it sounds like if they land him they could split his duty between right field and DH with Peguero. FOX Sports 1's CJ Nitkowski reported Tuesday that Peguero was receiving interest from Japanese clubs, but it sounds like he may have an opportunity in the states.
Nov 19 - 11:46 AM

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports the Marlins are interested in free agent James Shields.

The Marlins performed well enough this past season that they would be required to sacrifice their no. 12 overall pick in next June's draft to sign Shields. Rosenthal notes the link between the two, as Marlins general manager Dan Jennings drafted Shields while with the Rays in 2000. The Diamondbacks were also recently rumored to have interest in the 32-year-old.
Nov 18 - 7:38 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Diamondbacks are interested in James Shields.

The D'Backs tried to trade for Shields when he was with the Rays and apparently are still enamored with him. However, Rosenthal notes that they might have to clear some payroll first in order to sign the veteran right-hander. Chief baseball officer Tony La Russa has noted that Arizona's payroll will be in the $80-110 million range, and they're already at around $90 million when you factor in projected raises in arbitration. Shields has a shot to get a $100 million contract.
Nov 18 - 1:50 PM

FOX Sports 1's CJ Nitkowski reports that Carlos Peguero is receiving interest from a team in Japan's Central League.

Peguero hasn't had trouble putting up big home run totals in the minors, most recently slugging 30 bombs at Triple-A for the Royals this past season. He hasn't been given much of a chance in the majors, though, and will turn 28 in February. It might be time for him to give it a shot overseas.
Nov 18 - 12:05 PM

Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports that Royals manager Ned Yost is expected to receive a contract extension at some point this offseason.

Yost's current deal expires after the 2015 season. The Royals plan to take care of other priorities first, but they'll eventually extend Yost following the team's run to the AL pennant. Yost, 60, said after the season that he wanted to manage for at least 2-3 more seasons. "Our relationship’s open," general manager Dayton Moore said.
Nov 18 - 10:15 AM

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