Player News - Royals

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According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Royals are "getting many, many hits" on starter Danny Duffy.

Kansas City seems headed for an aggressive organizational rebuild, so Duffy could be on the move this winter even after inking a five-year, $65 million contract extension just 11 months ago. There is known to be some level of interest from the Cubs. Duffy, 28, registered a 3.81 ERA, 1.257 WHIP, and 130/41 K/BB ratio across 146 1/3 innings (24 starts) this past season for the Royals. He underwent surgery in October to remove a loose body from his left elbow but is expected to be 100 percent by the beginning of spring training.
Dec 12 - 8:08 PM

The Cubs have expressed interest in Royals left-hander Danny Duffy, reports Robert Murray of FanRag Sports.

The Royals are said to be "listening" on Duffy, which makes sense given that they could be going into a rebuild movement. The club is also shopping late-inning reliever Kelvin Herrera. Duffy just signed a five-year, $65 million extension with the Royals last offseason. He underwent surgery on October 3 to remove a loose body from his elbow.
Dec 12 - 11:42 AM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports writes that the Padres are "thinking big" and remain "strongly" in the mix for free agent first baseman Eric Hosmer.

The Padres aren't messing around, as Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported that members of the front office met with Hosmer last Thursday. Based on the early reports, they are the most aggressive team thus far. However, it's likely going to take a $100-plus million contract in order to land him. If the Padres were to sign Hosmer, they'd move Wil Myers back to the outfield.
Dec 12 - 8:58 AM

Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register confirms that the Angels have had discussions with free agent third baseman Mike Moustakas.

The Angels have been speculated as a potential fit from the very beginning, so it's no surprise they have checked in. However, nothing appears to be imminent. Moustakas is looking to cash in this winter after slugging a career-high 38 homers with a .272/.314/.521 batting line in 2017.
Dec 11 - 12:23 PM

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Royals are fielding interest in reliever Kelvin Herrera.

The Royals could be shifting into a rebuild, so it makes sense to listen on Herrera, who will hit free agency after 2018. They'd be selling low, though, as Herrera missed time with a forearm strain this past season and proved to be a disappointment in the closer role while posting a 4.25 ERA and 56/20 K/BB ratio over 59 1/3 innings. He made $5.325 million in 2017 and will likely see that number jump to over $8 million next year.
Dec 11 - 11:26 AM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Royals are getting discouraged about their pursuit of Eric Hosmer.

The club doesn't sound optimistic about their chances of retaining their star first baseman, noting that there are much larger contracts to be had elsewhere. Heyman points out though that they felt similarly two years ago regarding their chances of keeping Alex Gordon, and the outfielder wound up re-signing with the Royals.
Dec 9 - 1:50 PM

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that members of the Padres contingent met with free agent Eric Hosmer on Thursday.

The Padres have been the most aggressive pursuers -- at least on record -- of Hosmer, and it appears the pursuit heated up on Thursday. On Wednesday, it was reported that current first baseman Wil Myers was willing to move back to the outfield if San Diego was able to sign Hosmer. The 28-year-old is coming off the best year of his career; hitting .318/.385/.498 with 25 homers in 2017 for the Royals.
Dec 8 - 12:04 PM

Royals signed RHP Scott Barlow to a one-year contract.

Barlow, who had spent the last seven years in the Dodgers system, was a minor league free agent after going 6-2 with a 2.10 ERA in 19 starts in Double-A and 1-3 with a 7.24 ERA in seven starts in Triple-A last year. Overall, he struck out 160 in 139 2/3 innings. It makes him interesting rotation depth for a team that's going to need it.
Dec 7 - 5:24 PM

According to MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez, the Royals will sign former Braves prospect OF Juan Carlos Negret.

The financial terms have not been disclosed. Negret was one of the prospects who became a free agent after the Braves were found to have illegal contact and contract promises with international players. He would be the second former Atlanta prospect to sign with the Royals after they gave $650,000 to pitcher Yefri Del Rosario earlier this week. In 50 games for the DSL Braves in 2017, Negret posted a .401 on-base percentage and stole 23 bases on 32 attempts.
Dec 6 - 10:42 PM

According to Chris Cotillo of SB Nation, free agent Neftali Feliz is scheduled to audition for a team in the Dominican Republic on Wednesday.

Cotillo says Feliz recently received a clean bill of health from Dr. James Andrews after being diagnosed with ulnar nerve palsy in his right arm last August. The former closer struggled to a 5.48 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, and 37/23 K/BB ratio in 46 innings between the Brewers and Royals in 2017. It's unclear what team is watching him throw Wednesday.
Dec 5 - 9:58 PM

Royals signed RHP Wily Peralta to a one-year, $1.525 million contract with a $3 million club option for 2019.

The deal comes with a $1.5 million salary in 2018 and a $25,000 buyout on the club option. There is also $1.25 million in performance bonuses each year. Peralta posted a brutal 7.85 ERA and 52/32 K/BB ratio in 57 1/3 innings (eight starts, 11 relief appearances) this past season with the Brewers, but he is only 28 years old and he's had success in the past. It's a worthwhile flier for the rebuilding Royals. Peralta will probably be stretched out as a starter in spring training, but the best spot for him at this point is middle relief.
Dec 5 - 4:50 PM

Royals signed RHP Yefri del Rosario to a $650,000 contract.

Del Rosario was one of 12 prospects recently granted free agency as part of the Braves' penalty for international signings. Originally signed out of the Dominican Republic for $1 million in the 2016-2017 class, the 18-year-old posted a 3.62 ERA and 36/14 K/BB ratio over 37 1/3 innings between the Dominican Summer League and rookie ball this season. While he's a ways off, he was one of the better prospects granted free agency by MLB.
Dec 5 - 11:11 AM

Royals re-signed OF Terrance Gore to a minor league contract.

That was fast, appropriately enough. Gore was non-tendered by the Royals earlier in the day but chose to stick with the organization. He has played in 49 major league games but is still looking for his first hit. The speedster has been used primarily as a pinch-runner and defensive replacement. He's received just 14 plate appearances in those 49 games played.
Dec 1 - 9:06 PM

Royals purchased the contract of C Meibrys Viloria from Low-A Lexington.

Viloria, 20, hit .259/.313/.394 with eight homers in his first year with a full-season club in 2017. He's now protected from the Rule 5 Draft.
Nov 20 - 6:49 PM

Royals purchased the contract of LHP Timothy Hill from Double-A Northwest Arkansas.

Hill, 27, posted a 4.26 ERA and 84/24 K/BB ratio across 74 relief innings between High- and Double-A in 2017. He's now protected from the Rule 5 Draft.
Nov 20 - 6:47 PM


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