Kansas City Royals

Kansas City Royals

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Royals signed OF Alex Rios to a one-year, $11 million contract with a mutual option for 2016.

Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com says the mutual option is worth $12.5 million. Rios batted just .280/.311/.398 with only four home runs over 521 plate appearances during his walk year. The move from Globe Life Park to Kauffman Stadium won't help, but Rios is worth a shot on a one-year deal. He will turn 34 in February.
Dec 19 - 3:15 PM

Royals acquired RHP Brian Broderick from the Angels in exchange for 2B Johnny Giavotella.

Broderick had just been signed to a minor league deal earlier this month. The right-hander had underwhelming numbers in the minors and in his brief time in the majors, but he was reportedly touching 100 mph while pitching in the Mexican League. Still, he'll have a tough time cracking a stellar Royals bullpen.
Dec 19 - 2:58 PM

Royals released OF Carlos Peguero.

FOX Sports 1's CJ Nitkowski reported last month that Peguero was receiving interest from Japanese clubs, so perhaps he's close to an overseas deal. The 27-year-old has hit just .196/.245/.379 over 229 big league plate appearances.
Dec 19 - 2:04 PM

Royals general manager Dayton Moore said Thursday that they are looking at Kris Medlen (elbow) as someone who will be able to contribute in the second half in 2015.

Medlen, who is coming off a second Tommy John surgery this past March, was signed to a two-year, $8.5 million contract with a $10 million mutual option for 2017. The Royals are going to be extra careful about pushing him too soon.
Dec 18 - 4:45 PM

Royals signed RHP Kris Medlen to a two-year, $8.5 million contract with a $10 million mutual option for 2017.

Atlanta non-tendered Medlen earlier this month to avoid paying him nearly $6 million in 2015 via salary arbitration. He's recovering from a second Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery and probably won't be ready by Opening Day for the Royals, but the 29-year-old boasts a 2.95 ERA and 1.16 WHIP in 512 2/3 career major league innings. It's a worthwhile risk for Kansas City at only $8.5 million guaranteed.
Dec 18 - 3:18 PM

The Orioles, Reds and Mariners are "among possibilities" for Norichika Aoki, per Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

Aoki was previously reported to be talking with the O's, but the other two teams are new potential destinations for the 32-year-old. Heyman speculates Aoki will likely get a two- or three-year deal worth $7-8 million annually. Alex Rios landing in Kansas City means Aoki will almost surely be with a new team -- somewhere -- in 2015.
Dec 17 - 11:43 PM

Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported that the Giants were exploring a "wide-range" of pitching options, including James Shields.

The Giants were in on Jon Lester last month and continue to search for a big-name starter to fill out their rotation. The team met with Shields last week and according to Rosenthal, continues to show interest. The Giants have also been attached to Max Scherzer, though it's reasonable to assume that Scherzer might be beyond their price range if he really is seeking a $200 million deal.
Dec 17 - 2:15 PM

Royals designated OF Moises Sierra for assignment.

Kansas City claimed Sierra off waivers from the White Sox in October, but he had to be removed from the 40-man roster Tuesday to clear a spot for newly-signed outfielder Alex Rios. Sierra, 26, batted .230/.265/.342 in 170 plate appearances this past season between the Blue Jays and White Sox.
Dec 16 - 4:23 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Royals have agreed to terms with Alex Rios on a one-year, $11 million contract.

Rios batted just .280/.311/.398 with a lowly four home runs over 521 plate appearances during his walk year. Going from Texas to Kansas City isn't the best recipe for a revival, but the veteran outfield isn't a bad gamble on a one-year deal. Rios, who will turn 34 in February, had 18 homers, 81 RBI and 42 steals for the Rangers and White Sox in 2013.
Dec 15 - 8:12 PM

Royals designated RHP Casey Coleman for assignment.

The move clears a spot for the newly-signed Yohan Pino on the 40-man roster. Coleman, 27, owns a 5.72 ERA over 26 starts and 32 relief appearances in the majors.
Dec 15 - 4:39 PM

Royals signed RHP Yohan Pino to a one-year contract.

Exact terms aren't yet known. Pino, who turns 31 later this month, made 11 starts with the Twins in 2014 and posted a 5.07 ERA and 50/14 K/BB ratio over 60 1/3 innings. He was shut down in August with a minor strain of his ulnar collateral ligament, but he'll represent rotation depth if healthy.
Dec 15 - 4:34 PM

Royals signed DH Kendrys Morales to a two-year, $17 million contract with a mutual option for 2017.

Morales gets $6.5 million in 2015 and $10.5 million in 2016, and he can make up to $750,000 per year in performance-based bonuses. It's a pretty nice deal for a 31-year-old designated hitter who only managed a .218/.274/.338 slash line in 98 games this past season between the Mariners and Twins. Kansas City will be hoping for a big bounceback.
Dec 15 - 3:52 PM

According to Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune, Alex Rios remains on the Mariners radar.

After missing out on signing Melky Cabrera, it's expected that the M's will now devote their attention to Rios to fulfill the hole in their outfield. Despite a down season in Texas where Rios swatted just four home runs, he did still hit .280/.311/.398 and would add another proven bat to the lineup.
Dec 14 - 8:47 PM

Royals acquired Rule 5 pick Jandel Gustave, originally with the Astros, from the Red Sox for cash considerations.

The flamethrowing Gustave will try to win a spot in the crowded Kansas City bullpen, which sounds like a tough assignment. The 22-year-old had a 5.01 ERA in low-A ball last year.
Dec 11 - 1:29 PM

Red Sox selected RHP Jandel Gustave from the Astros in Thursday's Rule 5 draft.

Boston returned the favor after Houston plucked one of their pitchers, Jason Garcia, a couple of picks prior. The 22-year-old Gustave has a huge arm, but he also ended up with a 5.01 ERA in 14 starts and nine relief appearances in low-A ball last year. It's hard to imagine the Red Sox keeping him in a year in which they hope to contend.
Dec 11 - 12:45 PM


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