Player News - Royals

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ESPN's Buster Olney writes that lefty reliever Mike Minor is expected to be among the first free agents to sign.

Olney cites Minor's strong position in the market as one of the most-coveted relievers, with "aggressive interest from a high volume of teams." After missing back-to-back seasons due to injury, Minor thrived with a move to the bullpen this season with a 2.55 ERA and 88/22 K/BB ratio over 77 2/3 innings. He also notched six saves for the Royals. The Mets are among the teams who have shown interest thus far.
Nov 21 - 8:47 AM

Royals purchased the contract of C Meibrys Viloria from Low-A Lexington.

Viloria, 20, hit .259/.313/.394 with eight homers in his first year with a full-season club in 2017. He's now protected from the Rule 5 Draft.
Nov 20 - 6:49 PM

Royals purchased the contract of LHP Timothy Hill from Double-A Northwest Arkansas.

Hill, 27, posted a 4.26 ERA and 84/24 K/BB ratio across 74 relief innings between High- and Double-A in 2017. He's now protected from the Rule 5 Draft.
Nov 20 - 6:47 PM

Royals purchased the contract of LHP Eric Stout from Triple-A Omaha.

Stout, 24, held a 2.99 ERA and 56/29 K/BB ratio over 69 1/3 innings for Omaha this past season. He now can't be selected in the Rule 5 Draft.
Nov 20 - 6:44 PM

3B Mike Moustakas rejected the Royals' one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer.

Moustakas is set to strike it rich this offseason after slugging a career-high 38 home runs for the Royals this past season. He's a native of Southern California and the Angels have already been pegged as a likely pursuer of the third baseman this winter.
Nov 17 - 11:44 AM

1B Eric Hosmer rejected the Royals' one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer.

Of the nine players extended the offer, Hosmer might be in line for the biggest contract, and among position players he certainly will wind up with the largest deal. Hosmer's production in his career has wavered between average and good, but he just turned 28 less than a month ago, helping to raise his floor over the course of his impending contract even if his upside isn't super high.
Nov 17 - 11:38 AM

OF Lorenzo Cain rejected the Royals' one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer.

It was a no-brainer for Cain, who should do quite well for himself on the free agent market after batting .300/.363/.440 with 15 home runs and 26 stolen bases over 155 games this past season in Kansas City. He's already said to be drawing interest from the Blue Jays and Mets, and the Rangers, Mariners, and Giants could also be potential fits. The only major thing working against him is that he turns 32 years old next April.
Nov 16 - 3:51 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick was told by a source that the Angels are at the top of Mike Moustakas wish list.

The feeling might not be totally mutual and some other team could decide to offer Moustakas more money, but Yunel Escobar is no longer under contract and the Angels would likely want to upgrade the production at third base either way. Crasnick also mentions that the Angels could just go with Luis Valbuena at third base and look to upgrade at second base, but Valbuena struggled to a .199 batting average and .294 on-base percentage in 2017.
Nov 15 - 8:23 PM

The Mets have shown interest in Mike Minor, according to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal.

Minor was one of the major surprises of the 2017 season (pardon the pun), pitching 65 games with an ERA of 2.57 and 88 strikeouts in just under 78 innings after missing the last two season. There weren't many things that went right for the Mets last year, and the bullpen wasn't an exception. There are rumors that he'd like another chance at starting, but considering how well he pitched in a high-leverage role last year, that's his most likely path to a big deal.
Source: The Athletic
Nov 15 - 4:03 PM

AJ Cassavell of MLB.com hears the Padres' reported interest in Eric Hosmer is "mostly due diligence at this point."

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic and Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune both reported this week that the Padres had discussed the possibility of signing Hosmer, but Wil Myers is locked in at first base in San Diego and Hosmer figures to draw a high-dollar contract in this top-heavy free agent market. It never seemed like a good match. Cassavell notes that the typically-cost-conscious Padres have checked in with around 50 different free agents already.
Nov 15 - 11:30 AM

According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com, the Royals "have grown increasingly more pessimistic" about re-signing Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, or Lorenzo Cain.

It's not a big surprise, as Hosmer, Moustakas, and Cain are among the best position players on the market and figure to fetch big-money contracts. The Royals will probably be in tough shape even if they are able to retain one of them, so there's a strong case to be made to take the compensatory draft picks and go into a hard rebuild. Crasnick notes that the Royals could shift to names like Lucas Duda, Logan Morrison, Yonder Alonso, Mitch Moreland, and Adam Lind for first base if Hosmer departs.
Nov 14 - 5:00 PM

According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com, the Blue Jays and Mets "have reached out early" on free agent outfielder Lorenzo Cain.

Crasnick notes that the Rangers, Mariners, and Giants could be potential fits. It's still very early in free agency, so many teams are doing their due diligence. Cain recently received a qualifying offer from the Royals after batting .300/.363/.440 with 15 homers and 26 steals this past season. He's one of the better position players on the market.
Nov 14 - 4:24 PM

According to Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune, the Padres have discussed the possibility of signing free agent first baseman Eric Hosmer.

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic first reported news of a possible pursuit by the Padres. It's a bit of an odd fit on the surface, as the Padres already have a first baseman with Wil Myers and they typically don't dip their toes in the pool with the big payroll teams. Still, Hosmer just turned 28 years old, so he could still be an impact player once the Padres are ready to contend. If anything, the club is doing their due diligence depending on how his market shakes out.
Nov 13 - 9:44 PM

David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the Braves are among the teams that have expressed interest in Peter Moylan.

Moylan, of course, has had two previous stints with Atlanta. The soon-to-be 39-year-old posted a 3.49 ERA while tying for the major league lead with 79 appearances in 2017 and held righties to a .161/.244/.236 batting line.
Nov 13 - 3:08 PM

Royals manager Ned Yost will use a wheelchair for at least two months after having surgery following a fractured pelvis last week.

Yost fell from a tree stand at his home in Georgia and was told by the surgeon who operated on him that the type of injury he suffered has a "25-30 percent mortality rate." However, he came out of the operation alright and hopes to be able to move around normally during spring training.
Nov 13 - 1:10 PM


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