Player News - Royals

Date: Team: Pos:

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Royals are getting "multiple inquiries" on Jarrod Dyson.

Dyson could be an underrated target for a team looking for a center fielder, as he's excellent defensively and is coming off a career-best .728 OPS. As Crasnick notes, however, Dyson is currently in line to serve on the strong side of a platoon in right field for the Royals, so they'd probably have to acquire another outfielder if they dealt the speedster. Dyson is 32 and is slated for free agency after next season.
Dec 2 - 12:37 PM

Royals acquired RHP Jared Ruxer from the Angels for RHP Brooks Pounders.

Ruxer, 24, was a 12th round pick in 2014 after undergoing Tommy John surgery. He put up a 3.08 ERA and 99/31 K/BB ratio over 111 innings this past season between Class A Burlington and High-A Inland Empire. The trade was designed in part for the Royals to clear a 40-man roster spot, but they also managed to acquire an arm with potential upside.
Dec 1 - 8:47 PM

Royals released C Tony Cruz.

Cruz had been taken off their 40-man roster and is now officially a free agent. The 30-year-old has hit just .218/.260/.308 over parts of six seasons in the majors but should be able to net a minor league contract somewhere pretty quickly.
Nov 25 - 8:29 AM

According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, "the salary being floated" for free agent reliever Greg Holland is two years and $20-22 million.

Cafardo was relaying what he heard from a senior advisor of an unnamed club who went on to say, "it would be a surprise if anyone bit on that." Holland's velocity was way down at his recent showcase, though that shouldn't be a major stumbling block as he looks for a new team this offseason. "There was nothing there to excite you but nothing there to discourage you either," said the team advisor. Holland has been throwing at about 75 percent while continuing his rehab from Tommy John surgery.
Source: Boston Globe
Nov 19 - 4:55 PM

Tim Collins has elected free agency.

Collins missed another season in 2016 following a second Tommy John surgery. He seems likely to have to take a minor league contract this winter.
Nov 18 - 5:57 PM

Royals designated C Tony Cruz for assignment.

They needed to clear spot space on the 40-man roster. Cruz is a career .218/.260/.308 over parts of six seasons.
Nov 18 - 5:56 PM

Royals purchased the contract of RHP Jake Junis from Triple-A Omaha.

The 24-year-old posted a 4.05 ERA over 27 starts between Double- and Triple-A this past season. He's now protected from the Rule 5 Draft.
Nov 18 - 5:54 PM

Royals purchased the contract of C Cameron Gallagher from Double-A Northwest Arkansas.

Gallagher batted .259/.348/.359 with four homers at Double-A in 2016. The soon-to-be 24-year-old will return to the minors to start next season.
Nov 18 - 5:53 PM

Royals purchased the contract of RHP Andrew Edwards from Triple-A Omaha.

Edwards held a 3.96 with over a strikeout per inning in relief between Double- and Triple-A this past season. He should debut in 2017.
Nov 18 - 5:51 PM

Royals purchased the contract of 1B Samir Duenez from Double-A Northwest Arkansas.

Duenez, 20, hit .284/.336/.438 with 13 homers, 100 RBI and 26 stolen bases across three levels this season. He's now protected from the Rule 5 Draft.
Nov 18 - 5:48 PM

Royals re-signed C Drew Butera to a two-year, $3.8 million contract.

Butera is arguably the worst hitter in baseball, but the Royals love his defense and want to keep him around as Salvador Perez's backup. Butera is a career .198/.253/.295 hitter.
Nov 18 - 5:16 PM

According to Rob Bradford of WEEI, the Red Sox are "among the most aggressive suitors" for free agent reliever Greg Holland.

Bradford adds, however, that there are several teams showing a "similar level of interest" in the 29-year-old right-hander. Holland is still working his way back from Tommy John surgery and hit just 88-91 mph with his fastball during a recent showcase for teams, but he was among the most dominant closers in baseball between 2011-2014 and he is on track to be ready for the beginning of the 2017 season. Holland seems likely to command a multi-year deal.
Source: WEEI.com
Nov 14 - 2:28 PM

Greg Holland's agent, Scott Boras, said that his client would be willing to consider signing with a team outside of a ninth-inning role.

Boras called Holland a High-Level Premium Arm in the mold of Andrew Miller, capable of pitching in big swing spots during the mid-to-late innings. The 29-year-old right-hander held a showcase workout on Monday, as he is on the mend from Tommy John surgery and wanted to prove his health. Boras has indicated that he will not take part in another showcase this offseason. Holland did not pitch in 2016.
Nov 9 - 10:45 PM

Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports that the Red Sox continue to show strong interest in free agent reliever Greg Holland.

Holland reportedly sat in the 88-91 mph range with his fastball during a showcase on Monday in Arizona, which is sharply below his normal mid-90s range before Tommy John surgery. The good news is that he's healthy and still in the process of building arm strength. The expectation is that he'll take six weeks off before resuming throwing. It's understandable why the Red Sox would consider taking a chance on him, but they'll face plenty of competition. The Yankees, Giants, Mets, Rangers, Twins, and Royals were among some of the other teams in attendance during Monday's showcase.
Nov 9 - 2:23 PM

According to Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune, the Padres sent two scouts to Greg Holland's showcase Monday in Arizona.

There were also representatives there from the Yankees, Giants, Mets, Rangers, Red Sox, Twins, and Royals, along with about 10 other teams. Holland hit just 88-91 mph with his fastball during that open workout Monday, but diminished velocity is to be expected 13 months out from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery. He's shaping up as an attractive bargain-bin relief option in a market with very few of those.
Nov 8 - 7:51 PM


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