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Royals released RHP Louis Coleman.

Coleman was designated for assignment last week to make room for Ian Kennedy on the Royals' 40-man roster. He passed through waivers unclaimed and will now have the ability to test the open market. The 29-year-old pitched almost exclusively in the minors in 2015, but has enjoyed some success in the majors in the past and shouldn't be out of work for long.
Feb 3 - 1:12 PM

Royals manager Ned Yost on Friday wouldn't commit to who will serve as his No. 4 and No. 5 starters this season.

Yordano Ventura, Edinson Volquez and Ian Kennedy are locked into the first three spots, but there will be a competition in spring training to fill out the rest of the rotation. "We’ll see," Yost said. "Again, I’ve got a lot of confidence in Chris Young; I’ve got a lot of confidence in Kris Medlen. Danny Duffy is a guy, as we saw last year, he could be very valuable out of the pen. He could be very valuable as a starter, too." Based on that response, it sounds like Duffy might be the most likely of the group to wind up in the bullpen. He arguably has the most upside of the three pitchers, but the southpaw has been inconsistent in the rotation and was dominant last season after a move to relief, tossing 8 1/3 scoreless frames with a 12/2 K/BB ratio.
Jan 31 - 10:10 AM

Royals manager Ned Yost said Friday that Jarrod Dyson and Paulo Orlando would likely form "some sort of platoon" in right field this season.

That would put Dyson in line for most of the playing time since he hits left-handed. The speedy outfielder is obviously limited offensively as a career .255/.320/.343 hitter. However, he's stolen 146 bases in his career across 1,202 plate appearances. Dyson might be the favorite to lead the American League in pilfers if he retains a regular role in 2016.
Jan 31 - 9:59 AM

Royals signed OF Travis Snider to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

The former top prospect began the 2015 season in a starting role with the O's, but hit just .237/.318/.341 in 236 plate appearances before he was eventually released. He caught on with the Pirates later in the season but the results weren't any better. It's a nice low-risk signing for the Royals, but the fantasy potential here is minimal.
Jan 30 - 3:34 PM

Salvador Perez confirmed Friday that his agents and the Royals have been working towards a multi-year contract extension.

Perez isn't sure that a deal will get done before spring training, but seems fairly confident that the two sides will be able to come to an agreement. The 25-year-old backstop has won three straight gold gloves behind the dish and been an All-Star each of the past three seasons. He has also been extremely durable, averaging 143 games per year over that span.
Source: MLB.com
Jan 30 - 10:44 AM

Royals designated RHP Louis Coleman for assignment.

The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Ian Kennedy. With a career 3.20 ERA and over a strikeout per inning in his 152 relief appearances, Coleman could draw some interest on waivers.
Jan 29 - 12:18 PM

Royals signed RHP Ian Kennedy to a five-year, $70 million contract.

The deal was reported two weeks ago and is finally official after the right-hander passed his physical. The Royals backloaded the contract, as Kennedy reportedly will make "only" $7.5 million in 2016 and then $13.5 million in 2017, $16 million in 2018, and $16.5 million in 2019 and 2020. The contract also contains an opt-out after the 2017 campaign which will net Kennedy a $6 million buyout if exercised. It's a bigger deal than most anticipated the right-hander would land, but Kennedy should be a solid addition to the middle of the Royals' rotation.
Jan 29 - 12:08 PM

MLB Network's Jon Heyman reports that Ian Kennedy will make $7.5 million with the Royals in 2016.

The deal still isn't official, but Kennedy has reportedly agreed to a five-year, $70 million contract with the Royals which includes an opt-out after the second season. The first year of the deal gives Kansas City some wiggle room with their payroll, but the veteran right-hander will make $13.5 million in 2017, $16 million in 2018, and $16.5 million in 2019 and 2020. Kennedy had a 4.28 ERA with 31 homers allowed in 168 1/3 innings last season with the Padres, but the Royals are banking on a bounceback as he's reunited with pitching coach Dave Eiland.
Jan 27 - 10:26 AM

Royals signed RHP Lester Oliveros to a minor league contract.

Oliveros battled shoulder issues in 2015 and did not make an appearance in a major league game. When he was healthy, the 27-year-old right-hander registered a 3.79 ERA, 1.46 WHIP, and 46/13 K/BB ratio across 35 2/3 innings with the Twins' Triple-A affiliate. He is nothing more than organizational depth for Kansas City.
Jan 25 - 9:34 AM

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

Moylan held a 3.48 ERA over 22 relief appearances for the Braves last season after making it back from a second Tommy John surgery. He's probably not going to crack the Opening Day roster but is a nice depth guy.
Jan 22 - 5:51 PM

Royals and OF Lorenzo Cain avoided arbitration by agreeing to a two-year, $17.5 million contract extension.

He'll make $6.5 million in 2016 and $11 million in 2017, with the deal buying out Cain's remaining two years of arbitration eligibility. Cain, who will turn 30 just after Opening Day, had his best season to date in 2015, batting .307/.361/.477 with 16 home runs, 72 RBI and 28 stolen bases. He'll hit in the middle of the Royals' order again in 2016.
Jan 18 - 4:22 PM

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the five-year deal between Ian Kennedy and the Royals includes an opt-out clause after two seasons.

Depending on how the contract is structured, it's hard to envision Kennedy exercising that opt-out and finding more money on the open market unless he dominates during his first two years in Kansas City. He provides the necessary rotation upgrade that the World Champions have been seeking all off-season.
Jan 16 - 8:50 AM

Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports that the Royals have agreed to a five-year, $70 million contract with free agent right-hander Ian Kennedy.

The two sides had made progress towards a deal yesterday and it appears that the contract has now been finalized. Kennedy is coming off of a disappointing 2015 campaign where he posted a 4.28 ERA and 1.29 WHIP over 168 1/3 innings with the Padres. He has proven to be very durable though, making at least 30 starts a year over the past six seasons, and adds a strong veteran presence to the Royals starting rotation.
Jan 16 - 8:42 AM

Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reports that the Royals and Lorenzo Cain have agreed to a two-year deal.

Financial terms of the deal have yet to be disclosed, but Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports first reported that the two sides were close to a deal for $17.5 million. By signing Cain for two seasons, they buy out his final two seasons of arbitration eligibility.
Jan 15 - 7:50 PM

Mike Moustakas requested $7 million and was offered $4.2 million by the Royals when arbitration figures were exchanged Friday.

A big difference in opinion here. Moustakas was projected by MLBTradeRumors.com to earn $5.7 million, which is right around the midpoint of the two figures.
Jan 15 - 5:11 PM


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