Player News - Royals

Date: Team: Pos:

Royals signed RHP Michael Ynoa to a minor league contract.

Ynoa did not play MLB-affiliated ball in 2018 after getting released by the White Sox in mid-March, but he has pitched well in the Dominican Winter League this offseason. The former top prospect will act as organizational pitching depth for Kansas City leading into the 2019 season. He turned 27 years old in September.
Nov 13 - 5:29 PM

Sam Mellinger of the Kansas City Star reports that the Royals aren't interested in trading Whit Merrifield at this time.

Merrifield is the best trade chip, and considering he'll turn 30 in January and how far the Royals appear from contention, it would make sense for Kansas City to explore moves while the value is high. He's also not eligible for arbitration until 2020, and he's been a very productive player over the last two seasons. A team would obviously love to have him for a full season, but Merrifield should still have plenty of value to a contender in a mid-season deal, if the Royals choose to make him available.
Nov 12 - 8:06 AM

Ramon Torres has elected free agency.

Torres, 25, hit just .225/.269/.265 during his brief time in the majors with the Royals over the last two seasons. He'll look to catch on as utility infielder depth somewhere.
Nov 9 - 9:38 AM

Jon Heyman of Fancred reports that former Cardinals manager Mike Matheny is a candidate for an advisory role with the Royals.

Matheny's name hasn't come up in relation to any managerial openings, but it would appear Kansas City is interested in bringing him aboard in another capacity. Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch was first to report on the Royals' interest in Matheny.
Nov 5 - 4:48 PM

Paulo Orlando has elected free agency.

The 33-year-old saw just 93 plate appearances with the Royals during the 2018 campaign, slashing a putrid .167/.194/.200. He'll seek a minor league contract this winter.
Nov 2 - 7:17 PM

Royals activated RHP Jesse Hahn from the 60-day disabled list.

Hahn didn't pitch for the Royals this season due to an elbow injury that eventually required surgery. He might not be ready for Opening Day.
Nov 2 - 2:14 PM

Royals activated OF Jorge Soler from the 60-day disabled list.

His spot on the 40-man roster has been restored. Soler missed half of this past season with a fractured toe but will be ready to go come spring training.
Nov 2 - 2:12 PM

Royals activated INF Cheslor Cuthbert from the 60-day disabled list.

He's now back on the 40-man roster. Cuthbert missed most of this season with a back injury but should be ready for spring training.
Nov 2 - 2:11 PM

Brandon Maurer has elected free agency.

The Royals outrighted him off the 40-man roster for the second time since April and he's decided to look for a gig elsewhere. Maurer is a former closer who can be dominant at times, but he holds a 6.95 ERA since the beginning of last season.
Nov 2 - 2:08 PM

Nate Karns has elected to become a free agent.

Karns was outrighted off Kansas City's 40-man roster this week and will test out the open waters rather than accepting an assignment to Triple-A Omaha. The 30-year-old right-hander missed the entire 2018 season while recovering from shoulder and elbow issues. He needed surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome in July 2017.
Oct 31 - 4:19 PM

Yahoo's Jeff Passan reports that the Royals and Wily Peralta have agreed to a new deal that will guarantee the right-hander $3.25 million and include a mutual option for 2020.

The Royals held a $3 million option on Peralta that they could have picked up. This saves them a little money next year -- he'll earn $2.25 million instead -- and tacks on a $7 million mutual option with a $1 million buyout. Peralta became the Royals' closer by default last season, and he finished with a 3.67 ERA and 14 saves in 34 1/3 innings, even though he walked 23 batters. The stuff is there for him to remain useful in short relief, and since the Royals aren't looking to contend in 2019, it's possible he'll remain in the closer's role.
Oct 31 - 2:23 PM

Royals declined their part of a $12 million mutual option with RHP Jason Hammel for 2019.

Hammel will receive a $2 million buyout from the Royals and become a free agent. The 36-year-old right-hander posted a rough 6.02 ERA over 18 starts and 21 relief appearances in 2018. He could struggle to draw much interest this offseason, at least in the way of a guaranteed major league deal.
Oct 30 - 3:47 PM

Salvador Perez will undergo ligament surgery on his left thumb on Tuesday.

Perez injured his thumb in late-August and played through it down the stretch, but he'll take care of it now that the regular season has concluded. The surgery isn't expected to impact his offseason conditioning program and he should be ready to resume hitting by late December, so it shouldn't impact his availability for the start of 2019. Perez, 28, batted .235/.274/.439 in 129 games this season while amassing 27 homers and 80 RBI.
Oct 1 - 11:16 AM

Whit Merrifield stole his 45th base of the season on Sunday afternoon against the Indians.

He'll finish as the MLB leader in that category. Merrifield proved this year that his 2017 was no fluke, slashing .304/.367/.438 with 12 home runs, 43 doubles, 60 RBI, 88 runs scored, and the 45 thefts.
Sep 30 - 6:15 PM

Eric Skoglund allowed two runs -- one earned -- over five innings Sunday in a loss to the Indians.

The earned run came on a solo shot by Francisco Lindor in the top of the third inning. Skoglund gave up just two other hits and two walks, but he was thoroughly out-dueled by Carlos Carrasco and Trevor Bauer. Skoglund finishes the 2018 regular season with a 1-6 record and 5.14 ERA in 70 innings.
Sep 30 - 6:10 PM

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