Player News - Royals

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Eric Skoglund has been suspended 80 games by Major League Baseball for PED violations.

He tested positive for Ostarine and Ligandrol, types of androgen receptor modulating drugs. Royals general manager Dayton Moore said in a statement that Skoglund "unknowingly made a mistake" and "will have to accept his suspension." The 26-year-old former third-round pick has mostly struggled at the major league level, holding a 6.03 ERA in 88 career innings. He made 13 starts and one relief appearance for the rebuilding Royals last season.
Jan 16 - 5:12 PM

Royals signed INF/OF Taylor Featherston to a minor league contract.

Featherston hit just .197/.275/.321 at the minor league level last season. The 29-year-old is simply a depth piece.
Jan 13 - 12:08 PM

Royals sent INF Cheslor Cuthbert outright to Triple-A Omaha.

Cuthbert was designated for assignment last week. The 26-year-old corner infielder has batted just .215/.278/.313 with five home runs in 270 plate appearances at the major league level over the last two seasons.
Jan 10 - 2:15 PM

Royals designated INF Cheslor Cuthbert for assignment.

Cuthbert and the Royals avoided arbitration in late November, agreeing to a one-year, $850,000 contract, but now he's cut loose to free up a spot for Kyle Zimmer on the club's 40-man roster. It's likely that the Royals will try to bring him back on a minor league contract if he passes through waivers unclaimed.
Jan 4 - 7:56 PM

Royals re-signed RHP Kyle Zimmer to a one-year contract.

Jeffrey Flanagan of reports that it's a split contract in which the right-hander will earn $555,000 if he's on the big league roster and $124,000 if he remains in the minors. The 27-year-old hurler, and fifth overall selection from the 2012 draft, Zimmer has yet to reach the big leagues and has struggled to say healthy. He's expected to pitch out of the Royals' bullpen in 2018, where he could become a very intriguing weapon.
Jan 4 - 7:54 PM

Royals signed OF Terrance Gore to a one-year contract.

Jeffrey Flanagan of reports that it's a split contract in which he'll make $650,000 in the majors and $350,000 in the minors. The Royals traded Gore to the Cubs for the stretch run this past season, but it turned out to only be a temporary separation. It's certainly worth questioning whether a deal like this was necessary for someone who is essentially a stolen base specialist, especially after the club recently signed Billy Hamilton. The 27-year-old Gore is 27-for-31 in stolen base attempts at the major league level, but he's only been given 19 plate appearances. At least we can say that the Royals are going to be really, really fast in 2019.
Tue, Dec 18, 2018 03:10:00 PM

Royals re-signed RHP Jason Adam to a minor league contract.

Adam had a 6.12 ERA in 31 relief appearances for the Royals last season. He'll be a long shot to make the team out of spring training.
Mon, Dec 17, 2018 12:37:00 PM

Royals re-signed outfielder Bubba Starling to a minor league contract.

Starling, the fifth overall pick in the 2011 draft, played in just 20 minor league games in a 2018 ruined by a strained oblique and a dislocated finger. He's hit .225/.276/.336 in 138 games in Triple-A over the last three years.
Mon, Dec 17, 2018 12:35:00 PM

Royals re-signed first baseman Samir Duenez to a minor league contract.

Before being non-tendered last month, Duenez spent two years on the Royals' 40-man without ever really looking like a prospect. He and Frank Schwindel will likely alternate between first base and DH for Triple-A Omaha next season.
Mon, Dec 17, 2018 12:34:00 PM

Rangers selected RHP Chris Ellis from the Cardinals with the seventh pick in the Rule 5 draft and traded him to the Royals.

Ellis is joining his third organization, having been traded from the Angels to the Braves in the Andrelton Simmons deal and the Braves to the Cardinals for Jaime Garcia in 2016. He was 10-4 with a 3.93 ERA and a 124/37 K/BB ratio in 132 2/3 innings between Double- and Triple-A last season. The stuff is decent enough to maybe make him a fourth or fifth starter in the majors. He'll compete with fellow Rule 5 pick Sam McWilliams, among others, for a spot at the back of the Royals rotation.
Thu, Dec 13, 2018 12:34:00 PM

Royals selected RHP Sam McWilliams from the Rays with the No. 2 pick in the Rule 5 Draft.

The 6-foot-7 McWilliams had a 4.38 ERA and a 133/49 K/BB ratio between High-A and Double-A last season. His stuff is more average than exceptional, which is why the Rays didn't find room on their 40-man for him, but he might turn into a decent fourth or fifth starter for Kansas City.
Thu, Dec 13, 2018 12:10:00 PM

Royals signed OF Billy Hamilton to a one-year, $5.25 million contract with a $7.5 million mutual option for 2020.

The deal was agreed to on Monday and finalized Tuesday after Hamilton passed his physical. He'll serve as the Royals' primary center fielder in 2019 and should have the green light to run wild on the basepaths with the rebuilding club. Hamilton holds a putrid .245/.298/.333 career batting line in over 2,700 major league plate appearances, but the 28-year-old plays tremendous outfield defense and is still one of the top stolen base options in fantasy baseball.
Tue, Dec 11, 2018 04:21:00 PM

According to Jeffrey Flanagan of, Billy Hamilton's new contract with the Royals includes a $7.5 million mutual option for 2020.

He'll make $4.25 million in 2019 and the option for 2020 comes with a $1 million buyout, so the deal contains $5.25 million guaranteed. There is also another $1 million available through performance-based bonuses based on plate appearances. Hamilton agreed to the contract on Monday and it should be finalized sometime later this week, after he passes a physical.
Tue, Dec 11, 2018 04:12:00 PM

Rustin Dodd of The Athletic reports that the Royals are still planning to hang on to Whit Merrifield this offseason.

The Royals have signed Chris Owings and Billy Hamilton -- players that play Merrifield's positions -- but it doesn't appear that signifies that they might trade Merrifield. Rather, Merrifield figures to play second base and Owings will be used as a super utility player. Merrifield has batted .296/.347/.449 over the last two seasons and is under team control through 2022.
Mon, Dec 10, 2018 05:19:00 PM

Buster Olney of reports that Billy Hamilton will receive a $5.25 million salary in his new one-year deal with the Royals.

MLB Trade Rumors projected Hamilton to make $5.9 million though arbitration in 2019 before he was non-tendered by the Reds at the end of November, so this deal checks in a bit under that. He can make up to $1 million with incentives, so he has the good to make up for the difference and even beat it. It should be a good situation for him in Kansas City.
Mon, Dec 10, 2018 02:01:00 PM

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