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Royals and OF Jarrod Dyson avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.225 million contract.

Dyson, who was arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter, requested $1.6 million and was offered $900,000 from the Royals when figures were exchanged earlier this month. The two sides ultimately settled for a little under the midpoint, but Dyson can make up the difference ($25,000) if he reaches 350 plate appearances in 2015. The 30-year-old batted .269/.324/.327 with 36 stolen bases last season and figures to have a semi-regular role in Kansas City's outfield again in 2015.
Jan 27 - 1:47 PM

Royals signed C J.C. Boscan to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Boscan, 35, spent all of last season with the Dodgers' Triple-A affiliate and hit .168/.259/.237 with one home run and seven RBI over 52 games. He'll serve as organizational catching depth for Kansas City.
Jan 27 - 11:15 AM

Royals general manager Dayton Moore said Monday that he is still monitoring James Shields' free agency but does not expect to re-sign the right-hander.

Kansas City is near its payroll limit and will carry six good rotation candidates into camp between Yordano Ventura, Jason Vargas, Jeremy Guthrie, Edinson Volquez, Danny Duffy, and Kris Medlen. Shields has probably begun lowering his asking price here in late January, but he's doubtful to fall into a logical range for the Royals. The 33-year-old has been connected recently to the Marlins, Diamondbacks, Padres, and Blue Jays. He is the best remaining free agent by far.
Jan 26 - 10:37 AM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Marlins are "still discussing" James Shields.

It appears that the Marlins' front office wants Shields, but Rosenthal says they need to convince owner Jeffrey Loria it's an investment worth making. Those talks are "ongoing," Rosenthal notes. Shields is said to prefer the West Coast and is shooting for a five-year, $125 million contract, but some executives believe he might have to wind up settling for a four-year deal in the $70-80 million range.
Jan 23 - 1:04 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that James Shields prefers to sign with a team located on the West Coast.

He'll likely wind up going wherever the money takes him, but Shields lives in San Diego and would, all things being equal, prefer to land in the West. The D'Backs, Giants and Padres have all been connected to the right-hander, but Arizona said Thursday they're no longer interested and San Francisco and San Diego at this point don't seem like likely landing spots. The Tigers, Royals, Blue Jays, Red Sox and Brewers have also been linked to Shields.
Jan 23 - 8:52 AM

Jim Bowden of ESPN and SiriusXM reports that the Marlins "continue to be involved and are closely monitoring" the market for James Shields.

The Marlins have been connected to Shields this winter but reportedly would only go after him full-bore if his price drops enough. The right-hander is seeking a five-year, $125 million contract, though to this point the offers have come in much lower than that. We don't doubt that the Marlins like Shields, but it seems unlikely that they'd win any kind of bidding war if there is one.
Jan 22 - 6:39 PM

Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart said Thursday that the club is "out" on free agent right-hander James Shields.

The Diamondbacks were previously linked to Shields, which was an indication that his market wasn't quite what he hoped it would be. Perhaps the offers have improved since. The free agent right-hander reportedly wants a five-year contract worth around $125 million. The Padres, Marlins, Red Sox, Blue Jays, Tigers, and Giants are among the other clubs who have been connected to him this winter.
Jan 22 - 5:36 PM

According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Padres are on the "periphery" of the James Shields sweepstakes for now and are ultimately "unlikely to land him."

Rosenthal adds, however, that it's unclear which teams currently have the heaviest amount of interest. USA Today's Bob Nightengale reported last week that Shields wants a five-year contract worth around $125 million but has been fielding offers more in the four-year, $80 million range. The Diamondbacks, Marlins, Red Sox, Blue Jays, and Tigers are among the other clubs that have been linked to him this winter.
Jan 22 - 9:49 AM

An unnamed major league executive told ESPN's Jayson Stark that "a lot of teams" are "jumping back in" on free agent right-hander James Shields.

Shields is the last remaining front-line starter on the open market now that Max Scherzer has settled with the Nationals. USA Today's Bob Nightengale reported this past weekend that Shields is seeking a five-year contract worth close to $125 million but that interested teams are thinking more in the four-year, $80 million range. Maybe the 33-year-old will have better luck as the biggest fish in the pond.
Source: ESPN
Jan 20 - 5:36 PM

Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reported that the Royals expect Kyle Zimmer (shoulder) to be able to continue with his throwing program this week.

Zimmer was rated as the No. 23 prospect in baseball by Baseball America prior to the 2014 season, but a variety of arm and shoulder injuries have limited him. He pitched just four and two-thirds innings in rookie ball at Idaho Falls before being shut down. On October 28, he underwent a surgical procedure to repair his right labrum and rotator cuff. He was scheduled for a follow-up look at the shoulder on Monday and assuming it's clean, the Royals expect him to be able to resume a throwing program. If Zimmer is able to build up his strength, the 23-year-old could see minor league action by mid-April.
Jan 19 - 2:13 PM

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, James Shields is seeking a five-year deal in the neighborhood of $125 million.

Interested teams on the other hand, have been negotiating in the four-year, $80 million range. With interest in Max Scherzer intensifying, Shields' market could soon heat up quickly as well.
Jan 18 - 5:01 PM

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports hears the Blue Jays are showing renewed interest in free agent James Shields.

Shields' price has begun to drop slowly as spring training nears, making the Jays more interested. Rosenthal said that interest is purely internal at this point, as the club hasn't engaged Shields' agent in negotiations. The Diamondbacks and Tigers are two other teams possibly in on Shields, whose price could be in the four-year, $70-80 million range at this point, Rosenthal notes.
Jan 17 - 6:06 PM

Mike Moustakas requested $3.1 million and was offered $1.85 million when arbitration figures were exchanged.

The 26-year-old slugger slashed .212/.271/.361 with 15 homers and 54 RBI for the Royals in 2014. MLBTradeRumors.com projects that he'll earn $2.7 million, which is much closer to his figure than the Royals.
Jan 17 - 12:42 AM

Jarrod Dyson requested $1.6 million and was offered $900,000 from the Royals when arbitration figures were exchanged.

The 30-year-old speedster hit .269/.324/.327 and swiped 36 bases for the Royals in 2014. He's arbitration eligible for the first time and will earn a nice raise over the $530,000 that he earned a season ago.
Jan 16 - 11:10 PM

Danny Duffy requested $3 million and was offered $1.75 million from the Royals when arbitration figures were exchanged.

The 26-year-old southpaw has dealt with many injuries over the years, but was extremely impressive in 149 1/3 innings in 2014, posting a 2.53 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 113/53 K/BB ratio. MLBTradeRumors.com falls on Duffy's side in this battle, projecting him to earn $2.6 million.
Jan 16 - 10:39 PM


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