Player News - Royals

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Royals signed LHP Danny Duffy to a five-year, $65 million contract extension.

Duffy filed at $8 million last week in his final turn through salary arbitration, with the Royals countering at $7.25 million. He would have been a free agent next winter and probably could have tried for much more than $65 million with another good season. But for a guy who's been somewhat inconsistent in his six-year MLB career, this is a life-changing amount of financial security. The 28-year-old left-hander delivered a sharp 3.51 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, and 188/42 K/BB ratio across 179 2/3 innings for Kansas City in 2016. The contract has no club or player options, nor does it carry no-trade provisions.
Jan 16 - 1:51 PM

Cubs vice president Jason McLeod told fans in Chicago on Sunday that Jorge Soler was benched "a couple of times" last season due to a lack of hustle.

The comments came during a Q&A at the final session of the Cubs' annual winter fan convention. "This is not trying to harp on 'Georgie' at all, but he got yanked a couple of times last year for not hustling out to the outfield, for not running down the line," said McLeod. "I don't know if Joe [has conversations with players like that] so much, but Joe makes the decision. And Joe's style is not gonna go up and blow somebody up, especially in the dugout, on TV. But yeah, those conversations do take place." Soler will try to shake off that reputation in Kansas City, where he was traded in early December for closer Wade Davis. There's still a whole lot of offensive upside in the 24-year-old from Cuba. Maybe the fresh start can yield positives for everybody involved.
Jan 16 - 10:02 AM

Danny Duffy requested $8 million and was offered $7.25 million by the Royals when arbitration figures were exchanged on Friday.

The 28-year-old southpaw is in his final year of arbitration and fresh off of a strong 2016 campaign where he registered a 3.51 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 188/42 K/BB ratio over 179 2/3 innings. He earned $4.225 million through arbitration in 2016 and was projected by MLBTradeRumors.com to earn $8.2 million this time around.
Jan 13 - 9:40 PM

Kelvin Herrera requested $5.6 million and was offered $5.05 million by the Royals when arbitration figures were exchanged on Friday.

The 27-year-old, who is now locked in as the Royals' closer, is projected to earn $5.3 million through arbitration according to MLBTradeRumors.com. Either way, it will be a nice raise for him over the $2.55 million that he earned in 2016. Herrera owns a career 2.63 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 9.1 K/9 for his career and makes for a very attractive fantasy option heading into the 2017 campaign.
Jan 13 - 6:48 PM

Royals and 1B Eric Hosmer avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $12.25 million contract.

It was the first baseman's final year of arbitration eligibility. Hosmer slugged a career-high 25 home runs while driving in 104 last season, although his overall .266/.328/.433 batting line left something to be desired. He'll look to improve in his walk year.
Jan 13 - 1:47 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, free agent reliever Greg Holland is seeking a two-year deal with an opt-out after the first year.

The structure would allow him to test free agency again if he has a big 2017 in his return from Tommy John surgery. It's unclear how many teams are open to such a deal, but Heyman writes that Holland is drawing interest from the Dodgers, Nationals, Rockies, Brewers, and Reds, among others. The Dodgers have a firmly established closer with Kenley Jansen, but Holland could see save chances in the other locations if he proves his health and effectiveness in the spring. He was reportedly clocked in the 88-91 mph range during a showcase in November, but the belief is that he'll be closer to normal as he rebuilds arm strength.
Jan 11 - 9:59 AM

Royals signed RHP Chris Withrow to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Withrow, 27, was non-tendered by the Braves in December after registering a solid 3.58 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 28/17 K/BB ratio over 37 2/3 innings in 2016. The Royals continue to stockpile bullpen depth, and with a strong showing in the spring he could crack the Opening Day roster.
Jan 7 - 1:47 PM

Royals signed RHP Brandon League to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

The Royals are looking to stockpile bullpen depth, with the former Mariners and Dodgers closer being the newest addition. League spent the 2016 season rehabbing a shoulder injury and was released by the Dodgers in July. He owns a 3.65 ERA and 1.33 WHIP over 532 innings in his career and has amassed 74 saves across 11 big league seasons.
Jan 7 - 12:19 PM

Royals signed RHP Al Albuquerque to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

After being a late-game staple in the Tigers' bullpen for several years, Albuquerque spent most of the 2016 season in the minor leagues, compiling a 3.74 ERA, 1.57 WHIP and 35/17 K/BB ratio over 33 2/3 innings primarily at Triple-A Salt Lake (Angels) and Triple-A Tacoma (Mariners). When he's right, he has a devastating slider and can be a weapon in the late innings, but command has always eluded him.
Jan 7 - 12:14 PM

Royals acquired RHP Nate Karns from the Mariners in exchange for OF Jarrod Dyson.

Karns holds a pedestrian 4.41 ERA over his first 265 1/3 innings in the majors, but he's struck out 270 batters over that time and is under team control through 2020. He's far from a given to develop into a nice mid-rotation piece, but the righty isn't a bad pick-up for one year of Dyson. He will compete for the final spot in the Royals' rotation and will be part of the bullpen if he doesn't win that gig.
Jan 6 - 5:08 PM

Royals acquired 1B/OF Peter O'Brien from the Diamondbacks for RHP Sam Lewis.

O'Brien has flashed huge power numbers in the minors, but plate discipline has always been an issue and he doesn't fit well at any defensive position on the diamond. This move to the American League, where he can DH, should prove beneficial to his career. Though it's not like O'Brien has hit well in the majors up to this point, and Kansas City can be a tough place on power bats. Arizona designated the 26-year-old slugger for assignment in late December.
Jan 3 - 5:58 PM

According to Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com, the Royals remain interested in bringing back Luke Hochevar and Greg Holland.

Holland has received interest from a multitude of clubs and is believed to have several multi-year offers on the table. Hochevar, meanwhile, is in the process of recovering from surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome and is the much more likely of the duo to return to the Royals' bullpen in 2017.
Source: MLB.com
Jan 1 - 4:20 PM

Diamondbacks general manager Mike Hazen said that Peter O'Brien has drawn trade interest and is likely to be dealt.

O'Brien was designated for assignment a week ago, but it sounds like the D'Backs will be able to get something for him rather than lose him for nothing. Hazen said that both National League and American League clubs have inquired on O'Brien, who has great raw power but strikes out a ton and doesn't have a defensive home.
Fri, Dec 30, 2016 08:42:00 AM

Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich acknowledged Wednesday that the club has checked in on free agent reliever Greg Holland.

BSN Denver reported on Tuesday that the Rockies approached Holland about a multi-year deal, but Bridich refused to go into any specifics on the matter. "Nothing to comment on there," said Bridich. "We have checked in, like most teams, I imagine." Holland missed the entire 2016 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery and was clocked in the 88-91 mph range when he threw for teams during a showcase in November, but the thought is that he'll be closer to his old self as he regains arm strength. Previous reports indicated that he was looking for a two-year deal in the range of $22 million. The Nationals still look like a natural fit for Holland, but they could look in-house or on the trade market to fill the closer role. As for the Rockies, Adam Ottavino currently projects to serve as closer in 2017.
Wed, Dec 28, 2016 03:59:00 PM

Royals signed OF Ruben Sosa to a minor league contract.

The 26-year-old outfielder spent the 2016 season split between Bridgeport in the Independent Atlantic League and Laguna in the Mexican League. For Laguna, he hit .371/.458/.517 with two homers, 29 RBI and 22 stolen bases in 70 games. His .458 on-base percentage paced the Mexican League.
Sun, Dec 25, 2016 10:59:00 PM


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