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Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that it's "not 100 percent," but the Royals "are still planning" to give Lorenzo Cain a $17.4 million qualifying offer.

It certainly seems like a no-brainer with Cain in line to receive a multi-year contract as a free agent this offseason. The center fielder batted .300/.363/.440 with 15 homers and 26 stolen bases for the Royals this season and will turn 32 just after Opening Day next year. Kansas City will also make Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas qualifying offers this winter.
Oct 13 - 3:48 PM

Major League Baseball's qualifying offer amount for this offseason has been set at $17.4 million.

A previous report from MLB.com's Jon Morosi had the offer valued at $18.1 million, but Morosi has now confirmed Dierkes' report that it will be set at $17.4 million. It's an increase of $200,000 over last year's amount. The number is determined by taking the average of the top 125 salaries across baseball.
Oct 13 - 1:50 PM

Danny Duffy underwent surgery Tuesday to remove a loose body from his left elbow.

Duffy is expected to resume his normal offseason regimen in about six weeks and should be 100 percent by the beginning of spring training next February. The 28-year-old left-hander posted a 3.81 ERA, 1.257 WHIP, and 130/41 K/BB ratio across 146 1/3 innings (24 starts) this season for Kansas City. He signed a five-year, $65 million contract extension with the Royals last winter.
Oct 3 - 5:46 PM

According to Rustin Dodd and Pete Grathoff of the Kansas City Star, Dave Eiland will not return as Royals pitching coach in 2018.

The Royals are also expected to part ways with bench coach Don Wakamatsu, bullpen coach Doug Henry, and assistant hitting coach Brian Buchanan. Eiland has been the team's pitching coach for the past six seasons -- including the World Series-winning team in 2015 -- but the Royals appear prepared to make major changes across the board this offseason. The Royals finished at 80-82 this season and ranked 10th in the AL with a 4.61 ERA.
Oct 2 - 9:48 AM

Royals OF Jorge Bonifacio went 2-for-4 in a season finale loss to the Diamondbacks.

Both hits were singles. The 24-year-old outfielder quietly had a very productive rookie seasons, hitting 17 homers and posting a respectable .752 OPS. The 24-year-old has a great chance of opening next year as an everyday player for the Royals in what will likely be a rebuilding year in Kansas City.
Oct 1 - 7:22 PM

Eric Hosmer homered in what could have been the last game as a member of the Royals on Sunday.

The homer gives him 26 on the season. He, Lorenzo Cain, Alcides Escobar and Mike Moustaskas all came off the field together in the seventh, as all four are free agents who very well could be playing somewhere else. Hosmer will be a highly sought-after free agent in 2017, as he's coming off a career year and plays a position that is scarce in quality bats. He's at very worst a first-division player at the corner infield position.
Oct 1 - 7:19 PM

Jason Vargas was shelled on Sunday, giving up six runs in four innings in a loss to the Diamondbacks.

Vargas allowed six hits, and walked four while striking out four. It's a disappointing end to the season for the left-hander, but all things considered, this was a successful year. He won 18 games, and while that's not necessarily indicative of success, it does illustrate how good of a job he does in keeping teams in games and ability to get quality innings. He's a better real life pitcher than fantasy option, though, and shouldn't be a high pick in 2018 drafts.
Oct 1 - 7:12 PM

Salvador Perez (groin) remained out of the Royals' lineup Sunday.

The hope had been that Perez could return to action on the final day, but he'll wind up missing the final three games of the season with a strained left groin. Drew Butera will catch.
Oct 1 - 12:20 PM

Jorge Bonifacio hit a three-run home run in the sixth inning that the Royals bullpen made stand up, edging the Diamondbacks 4-3 on Saturday.

Archie Bradley ran it up there at 97 mph, but it caught a lot of the plate and Bonifacio deposited it into the left-center field seats. The homer was his 17th of the year. The 24-year-old rookie hasn't gotten much pub with some other rookies performing slightly better (read: making history), but Bonifacio has more than held his own, batting .253/.318/.432 while playing all three outfield spots this year. With Melky Cabrera and Lorenzo Cain set for free agency, Bonifacio surely is a big part of the Royals' plans moving forward.
Oct 1 - 12:31 AM

Mike Minor pitched a scoreless ninth inning Saturday against the Diamondbacks to earn his sixth save of the year.

Two days after saying he plans on preparing as a starting pitcher ahead of the 2018 season, the southpaw once again converted a save chance with relative ease, pitching around a double in a scoreless inning of work. Minor has now converted all six save opportunities since mid-September, when he unofficially moved into the closer role. Perhaps he'll be able to return to being an above-average starter, but after posting a 2.55 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 88/22 K/BB ratio over 77 2/3 innings, being a shutdown late-inning reliever is a nice fallback plan for the 29-year-old.
Oct 1 - 12:21 AM

Jake Junis limited the Diamondbacks to two runs over six innings in a win Saturday.

Junis gave up a solo homer among his five hits allowed, striking out five while walking two in the win. It was his ninth win in 20 appearances, including 16 starts, improving him to 9-3 with a 4.30 ERA and 1.28 WHIP. The 25-year-old came out of nowhere to prove a beneficial member of the Royals' pitching staff this year, and he likely earned himself a shot at winning a rotation spot next spring with his rookie performance.
Oct 1 - 12:11 AM

Danny Duffy will undergo surgery on Tuesday to remove "loose bodies" from his left elbow.

Duffy missed nearly a month of action in the second half with inflammation in his pitching elbow and will have it cleaned up Tuesday. As far as elbow operations go, this one is relatively minor. Barring any setbacks, Duffy will be 100 percent once spring training rolls around.
Sep 30 - 4:35 PM

Ian Kennedy won his regular-season finale after throwing five innings of one-run ball Friday against the Diamondbacks.

Kennedy struck out seven in improving his record to 5-13. Even with the victory tonight, Kennedy's total is still the fewest wins for a pitcher in a season of at least 30 starts since Kevin Millwood went 4-16 for the Orioles in 2010. Kennedy can opt out of the final three years and $49 million in his five-year contract this winter, but it's safe to say he will not go that route.
Sep 29 - 11:46 PM

Kelvin Herrera pitched a scoreless seventh inning for his fourth hold Friday against the Diamondbacks.

No one has told Ned Yost that the Royals have been eliminated. Not only is he refusing to go to his youngsters in the lineup, but he's had Herrera pitch three innings the last four days, which seems pretty risky given his recent bouts with forearm soreness. Herrera has looked better of late, but it'd be a shame if he suffered a setback during the final week of the season.
Sep 29 - 11:42 PM

Salvador Perez (groin) has been ruled out through Saturday but could return to the Royals' lineup Sunday.

Perez tweaked his left groin on Thursday and it sounds like a token appearance Sunday is all his fantasy owners might get out of him the rest of the way. Among catchers, only Gary Sanchez has hit more home runs and Perez's 27 this season.
Sep 29 - 5:39 PM


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