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Anthony McCarron of the New York Daily News reports that the Yankees are interested in talking to Raul Ibanez about their vacant hitting coach job.

Ibanez hasn't said he's definitely retiring, but he's 42 and coming off a terrible season. Even if he does officially hang it up, it's not clear whether he'd be interested in a coaching job, though it wouldn't be a surprise. Ibanez played for the Yankees in 2012.
Oct 31 - 11:23 AM

Royals activated RHP Luke Hochevar from the 60-day disabled list.

Hochevar, of course, missed the season due to Tommy John surgery. He'll be a free agent this winter but should have a shot at being ready for the start of the 2015 campaign.
Oct 31 - 9:46 AM

Royals activated RHP Michael Mariot from the 60-day disabled list.

Mariot's season ended early due to a strained hamstring. He'll compete for a bullpen job next spring.
Oct 31 - 9:44 AM

Andy Martino of the New York Daily News reports that "the expectation within the industry" is that the Royals will listen to trade offers for Alex Gordon, Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas this offseason.

It would be a difficult decision for the Royals to deal an integral part from a pennant-winning club, but teams with limited payrolls often have to make such moves. Gordon has been the best player of the three over the last few years but also might be the most likely to be dealt. The 30-year-old is probably under control for only one more season, as he's likely to decline his $12.5 million player option for 2016 and test free agency.
Oct 30 - 10:00 PM

According to Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish, Josh Willingham hasn't made a decision about retirement.

This confirms what Willingham told Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press in late September. The 35-year-old "will see what's available" in free agency before making a decision.
Oct 30 - 5:41 PM

Royals acquired C Santiago Nessy from the Blue Jays for RHP Liam Hendriks.

Nessy, a 21-year-old catcher from Venezuela, batted just .231/.313/.332 in 268 plate appearances this past season between Low-A Lansing and High-A Dunedin. Despite the young age, he can't really be considered a prospect.
Oct 30 - 1:35 PM

According to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, the Royals are expected to decline Billy Butler's $12 million club option for the 2015 season.

Butler had a disappointing .271/.323/.379 slash line with just nine home runs and 66 RBI in 151 games during the 2014 regular season and then batted .262/.327/.333 in the playoffs. The 28-year-old designated hitter has put up some tremendous numbers in the past and should do pretty well for himself on the open market, but the cost-conscious Royals obviously feel this downward trend is real.
Oct 30 - 11:28 AM

Royals manager Ned Yost acknowledged after the World Series that Danny Duffy was held out of the postseason rotation because of a stress reaction in his rib cage.

The injury didn't bother Duffy in short relief stints, but the pain would catch up to him if he went more than two or three innings. Duffy wound up making three relief appearances during Kansas City's deep postseason run, allowing two runs in 4 2/3 innings. He'll be a big part of the club's starting rotation in 2015.
Oct 30 - 11:21 AM

Alex Gordon went 2-for-3 with an RBI double and a run scored in the Royals' World Series Game 7 loss to the Giants on Wednesday.

After falling behind 2-0, Gordon delivered the biggest hit of the night for the Royals when he doubled in Billy Butler from first in the second inning. He also had their second-biggest hit when he singled off Madison Bumgarner to represent the tying run in the ninth, winding up on third after a couple of errors. Unfortunately for him and the Royals he was left on third to end the game. Gordon will be back in the Royals' outfield next year looking for a return to the Series.
Oct 29 - 11:39 PM

Jeremy Guthrie couldn't make it out of the fourth inning in Wednesday's World Series Game 7, exiting after allowing three runs over 3 1/3 innings in the loss.

Guthrie loaded the bases with no outs in the top of the second inning, prompting manager Ned Yost to get a reliever up, but after Guthrie escaped with just a couple of sacrifice flies Yost left him in. That was until the fourth, when he left runners on first and third with one out. Reliever Kelvin Herrera allowed an RBI single to the next batter, charging Guthrie with a third run and saddling him with the loss. He didn't walk a batter while striking out three. Guthrie will be back in KC next season for the final year of his three-year contract signed after the 2012 season.
Oct 29 - 11:30 PM

Mike Moustakas will bat eighth again in Game 7 of the World Series against the Giants on Wednesday.

Moustakas doubled and homered in Game 6 on Tuesday and he'll hope to come up big in the deciding game of the Fall Classic. The full lineup: Alcides Escobar SS, Nori Aoki RF, Lorenzo Cain CF, Eric Hosmer 1B, Butler DH, Alex Gordon LF, Salvador Perez C, Moustakas 3B, Omar Infante 2B. Jeremy Guthrie will oppose Tim Hudson.
Oct 29 - 2:39 PM

Yordano Ventura came up big for the Royals Tuesday, spinning seven shutout innings in a 10-0 World Series Game 6 victory.

He was a little wild, walking five, but Ventura yielded just three hits (two singles) while striking out four. The young right-hander upped his flash as the game went along and hit 100 mph on the radar gun a couple times among his last few offerings. With just two runs surrendered over 12 1/3 World Series innings, it’s safe to say the shoulder tightness Ventura experience during the ALCS isn’t a concern going into the offseason. The Royals will give the ball to Jeremy Guthrie in Wednesday’s Game 7.
Oct 28 - 11:39 PM

Mike Moustakas doubled in a run and launched a solo homer in Tuesday's World Series Game 6 win.

Jake Peavy was able to escape a two-out rally by the Royals in the first inning, but things came unraveled in second, as Kansas City plated seven runs to break the game open. Moustakas was in the middle of it, doubling in the first run of the game before eventually coming around to score. He later added a solo blast off of Hunter Strickland, who has surrendered six longballs in 8 1/3 innings this postseason.
Oct 28 - 11:38 PM

Lorenzo Cain drove in three runs while reaching base four times in Tuesday’s victory over the Giants.

Cain walked in the first inning, singled in a pair in the seven-run second, doubled in another in the third and drew his second free pass in his final plate appearance in the eighth. After winning the ALCS MVP, Cain has kept hitting in the World Series, sporting a .318/.423/.409 batting line. Everyone in the Royals’ lineup had at least one hit, and six of them had multiple base knocks.
Oct 28 - 11:31 PM

Royals pitching prospect Kyle Zimmer underwent a debridement procedure Tuesday to repair his right labrum and rotator cuff.

The Royals overall were encouraged by how Zimmer's MRIs looked, but they determined that minor surgery was still necessary. The plan is for him to be built up slowly in extended spring training before hopefully returning to game action in late April. Zimmer missed most of the 2014 campaign with shoulder issues and suffered a setback in the Arizona Fall League.
Oct 28 - 6:21 PM

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