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Mike Minor (shoulder) is preparing as a reliever in spring training, competing for a job in the club's Opening Day bullpen.

Minor was limited to just 10 minor league appearances in 2016 due to his troublesome shoulder. Both Minor and the Royals are hopeful that pitching out of the bullpen will lead to less wear and tear on his shoulder and keep him healthier. The move to the pen should also boost his velocity and effectiveness.
Feb 19 - 10:49 PM

Eric Hosmer said Sunday that he and his agent were discussing a long-term contract extension with the Royals.

Hosmer understands the nature of the business though and has said that if the two sides don't reach a deal before Opening Day, that he'll test out the free agent market next winter. Hosmer joins a long list of Royals veterans who are entering their walk year, making it a strong possibility that the club could sell off and start rebuilding if they fall out of playoff contention.
Source: FOX Sports
Feb 19 - 7:09 PM

Royals manager Ned Yost on Saturday mentioned Alex Gordon and Alcides Escobar as candidates to bat leadoff this season.

"Gordy’s done well there before," Yost said. "We’ll see. I don’t know. We have to look at it. Esky has done OK there before." Neither are ideal options given that Gordon batted just .220/.312/.380 in 2016 and Escobar has a career .297 on-base percentage. Whit Merrifield would also seem to be a candidate for the leadoff spot, but he's got to win the second base job first. The Royals could wind up mixing and matching in the leadoff spot this season.
Feb 19 - 10:39 AM

Royals re-signed RHP Peter Moylan to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Moylan put up a 3.43 ERA across 50 relief appearances for Kansas City last season. The 38-year-old sidearmer will compete for a spot in the Royals' bullpen.
Feb 17 - 3:52 PM

Alex Gordon will be used some in center field during spring training.

Royals manager Ned Yost said the move allows Gordon "to live out his fantasy." Gordon has never played the position as a pro, and it's hard to see him being used much, if at all, there during the season with Lorenzo Cain around. However, Cain has been injury-prone and is slated for free agency next winter, so it doesn't hurt to give Gordon a test run.
Feb 17 - 12:24 PM

Royals placed LHP Brian Flynn on the 60-day disabled list with a stable lumbar vertebral fracture.

Flynn suffered the injury before camp when he fell through the roof of his barn. He's expected to be sidelined for eight weeks, so he'll miss the start of the season. The move clears a spot for the newly-signed Travis Wood on the 40-man roster.
Feb 15 - 10:19 AM

Royals signed LHP Travis Wood to a two-year, $12 million contract with a mutual option for 2019.

The deal is now official. According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, Wood will make $4 million in 2017 and $6.5 million in 2018 while the mutual option is worth $8 million and carries a $1.5 million buyout. Wood pitched exclusively out of the bullpen with the Cubs last season while posting a 2.95 ERA and 47/24 K/BB ratio over 61 innings, but he's expected to compete with Nate Karns and Chris Young for the fifth spot in the Royals' rotation.
Feb 15 - 10:15 AM

Brian Flynn suffered a broken rib and other unspecified injuries after falling through the roof of his barn in the days before reporting to camp.

Well, at least Flynn has this year's weirdest baseball injury already sewed up. The expectation is that he'll miss eight weeks, so he'll begin the year on the disabled list. Flynn, 26, posted a 2.60 ERA and 44/23 K/BB ratio over 55 1/3 innings with the Royals last season.
Feb 14 - 2:24 PM

Royals manager Ned Yost said Tuesday that the club will look at Matt Strahm and Mike Minor as relievers headed into the year.

This leaves Nathan Karns, Chris Young, and Travis Wood as the candidates for the fifth spot in the starting rotation. Strahm posted a 1.23 ERA and with 30 strikeouts over 22 innings as a rookie out of the Royals' bullpen last season. The Royals like Strahm as a starter and he may get that chance eventually, but the club thinks he could follow a similar path as Danny Duffy, who took off after a stint in the bullpen.
Feb 14 - 10:53 AM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that Travis Wood is signing with the Royals.

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports says it's a two-year, $12 million contract. Wood pitched exclusively out of the bullpen with the Cubs last season, but he should get a chance to compete with Nate Karns and Matt Strahm for the final spot in the Royals' rotation. The left-hander made an All-Star team as a starter in 2013 when he posted a 3.11 ERA, but he held a 5.03 mark in 2014 in his last full year as a starter.
Feb 13 - 5:13 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, free agent Travis Wood is nearing a deal with a club.

Heyman says an announcement could come Monday. Wood has been searching for a starting job this winter after posting an impressive 2.95 ERA in 61 innings of relief last season for the Cubs. Many teams have already opened camp, but the 30-year-old left-hander should still do quite well from a financial standpoint no matter the role. He's been linked to a range of landing spots.
Feb 13 - 10:23 AM

Royals signed RHP Seth Maness to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Maness drew scouts from 16 different teams to a showcase last week in St. Louis but wasn't able to secure a guaranteed major league deal after requiring elbow surgery last August. That procedure was somewhat experimental -- a possible alternative to Tommy John surgery -- so there will be many around baseball tracking his progress. The 28-year-old reliever is hoping to be fully recovered by Opening Day. Obviously that's no sure thing.
Feb 13 - 9:41 AM

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Cubs have made offers to free agent left-hander Travis Wood.

The 30-year-old southpaw has pitched for the Cubs for the last five seasons, but would continue to be used in a swingman role and he has a desire to start. The Padres and at least two other teams remain in the mix for Wood's services.
Feb 12 - 9:20 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports the Padres are still in the mix for Travis Wood and Jered Weaver.

Rosenthal notes that the club could probably sign one of Wood or Weaver but not both of them. He also adds that Jake Peavy is less likely of an option for the Padres. It's been reported previously that Weaver has an offer in hand from San Diego for more than $1.75 million, and it would likely cost them more to sign Wood. The lefty worked exclusively in relief for the Cubs in 2016 but should land a shot at a rotation job this winter.
Feb 10 - 4:04 PM

Royals acquired OF Donnie Dewees from the Cubs for RHP Alec Mills.

Plying his trade for the Cubs' A and High-A minor league clubs in 2016, Dewees hit .284/.338/.416 with 14 triples and 31 steals in 514 at-bats. He was originally selected by the Cubs in the second round of the 2015 amateur draft. Dewees won't turn 24 until late September. While it would be something of a surprise if he managed to rise all the way to the bigs during the coming season, he could see time as a pinch-runner late in the campaign after rosters expand.
Feb 8 - 8:16 PM


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