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  1. Billy Butler doesn’t want to be traded, says Royals should pick up his $12.5 million option for 2015

    Jul 18, 2014, 9:03 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Kansas City Royals

    Billy Butler has been mentioned in multiple trade rumors recently, in part because he’s played poorly enough this season that picking up next year’s $12.5 million team option no longer seems like a no-brainer.

  2. Mariners have “talked to the Royals” about Billy Butler

    Jul 15, 2014, 12:16 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Kansas City Royals

    Last week the Mariners were said to be interested in Phillies outfielder Marlon Byrd and now their search for a right-handed hitter apparently includes Royals designated hitter Billy Butler.

  3. MLB All-Star Game’s continued irrelevance could be saved by going international

    Jul 14, 2014, 2:47 PM EDT

    84th MLB All-Star Game

    MLB All-Stars vs. Japanese League All-Stars, anyone?

  4. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 24, 2014, 6:44 AM EDT

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    Two guys had multiple homer games last night. Four teams got shutout. Just another night in the all-or-nothing age of Major League Baseball

  5. Justin Verlander got shelled again

    Jun 17, 2014, 9:16 AM EDT

    Justin Verlander

    Something ain’t right with the Tigers’ ace.

  6. Report: The Royals are “weighing a run” at Kendrys Morales

    Jun 2, 2014, 7:20 PM EDT

    Kendrys Morales

    The Royals are considering making a run at Kendrys Morales as they attempt to upgrade their offense, but it won’t be easy.

  7. Jose Bautista threw out another runner at first base from right field

    May 30, 2014, 11:05 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Toronto Blue Jays

    One of the rarer plays in baseball, Jose Bautista has made a 9-3 putout in consecutive games.

  8. A right fielder throwing a runner out at first never gets old

    May 30, 2014, 8:55 AM EDT

    Jose Bautista

    Billy Butler thought he had a single. Jose Bautista thought differently. Bautista was right.

  9. The Royals still aren’t hitting home runs

    May 11, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

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    The Kansas City Royals have hit 14 home runs in their first 36 games this year. That is not just the worst home run rate in baseball by far in 2014, it’s among the worst in recent baseball history.

  10. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    May 7, 2014, 6:39 AM EDT

    Henderson Alvarez

    Baseball has been played for 150 years, but a first in Major League history occurred last night.

  11. The Royals: A history of (no) power

    Apr 21, 2014, 12:46 PM EDT

    stevebalboni

    You probably know this, but the Kansas City Royals single season home run record is 36, and Steve Balboni set it almost 30 years ago.

  12. Inside Ned Yost’s head

    Apr 2, 2014, 7:35 PM EDT

    Ned Yost and his flexible thumb

    Have you ever wondered what Royals manager Ned Yost is thinking when he puts in pinch-runner after pinch-runner, rather than maybe hitting for the guy who was arguably the league’s worst hitter last year?

  13. Picking the Royals to win … again

    Apr 2, 2014, 11:19 AM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Chicago White Sox

    Joe Posnanski picks the Royals to win the division for the 17th consecutive season.

  14. Omar Infante cleared for Opening Day despite battling elbow, shoulder problems all spring

    Mar 30, 2014, 4:32 PM EDT

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    Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star has the update … Omar Infante still feels a pinch in his right elbow when he swings and throws, but he said he is good to go. The 25-man roster is set. — Andy McCullough (@McCulloughStar) March 30, 2014 Infante also dealt with some right shoulder inflammation early…

  15. Must-Click Link: a neerrrrrrrd in the clubhouse

    Mar 13, 2014, 11:45 AM EDT

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    As a nice companion piece to my thing about reporting what one sees in the clubhouse, here’s our friend Eno Sarris writing over at the Hardball Times about being an inexperienced reporter in the clubhouse. Eno’s particular challenge, apart from simply being a new BBWAA member and still learning the ropes of how one operates…

  16. 2014 Preview: Kansas City Royals

    Mar 12, 2014, 2:48 PM EDT

    Ned Yost and his flexible thumb

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2014 season. Next up: The Kansas City Royals. The Big Question: Are the Royals finally ready to contend? Kansas City made a big jump…

  17. The Royals 2014 marketing slogan: “Be Royal”

    Feb 4, 2014, 8:22 AM EDT

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    Lots of teams come up with marketing slogans — we highlighted the Dodgers’ rather curious effort the other day — but the Royals are the ones I always notice. In 2012 the Royals used “Our Time” as its slogan. Last year it was “Come to play.”  This year? “Be Royal.” Which seems like quite a…

  18. The “Killbillies” vs. the “Thump Monkeys”

    Jan 23, 2014, 9:26 AM EDT

    Ned Yost

    Because you always wanted to know how Ned Yost spends his offseason, Brett Frazee of the KC Star goes and visits the Royals manager at his offseason home in western Georgia. Actually, you do want to know about this. You want to know that Yost lives in the same neighborhood as comedian Jeff Foxworthy and…

  19. Kendrys Morales a fit for the Royals?

    Jan 3, 2014, 11:25 PM EDT

    Kendrys Morales

    Jim Duquette of MLB Network Radio suggests free agent 1B/DH Kendrys Morales would be a good fit for the Royals. The market for Morales is fairly quiet right now as he is tied to draft pick compensation and doesn’t offer much aside from his ability to hit. However, Duquette also suggests that signing Morales would…

  20. The Royals and Blue Jays discussed a Billy Butler trade

    Dec 12, 2013, 8:25 PM EDT

    Billy Butler

    Jeff Blair of the Globe and Mail is reporting that the Royals and Blue Jays have discussed a trade involving first baseman-slash-DH Billy Butler. He clarifies that there has been no movement on a deal beyond the initial discussions, and adds that the Jays would receive prospects along with Butler in such a deal. It’s…

  21. Report: The Mariners are still interested in Nelson Cruz

    Dec 12, 2013, 12:03 AM EDT

    Nelson Cruz

    After shocking the baseball world by agreeing to a 10-year, $240 million contract with second baseman Robinson Cano last week, the Mariners reportedly agreed to a one-year deal with Corey Hart today while picking up Logan Morrison in a trade with the Marlins. However, they aren’t done attempting to remake their offense. ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick…

  22. Royals haven’t offered three years and $48 million to Carlos Beltran

    Dec 5, 2013, 9:02 PM EDT

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    We heard earlier this week that free agent outfielder Carlos Beltran had a three-year, $48 million offer in hand from an unidentified team. Most assumed that it came from the Royals, as they have been the hottest team on him recently, but FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal hears that no such offer was made. Sources: #Royals…

  23. Royals “insist” they’ll pursue Carlos Beltran, appear willing to offer three-year deal

    Nov 30, 2013, 5:24 PM EDT

    Carlos Beltran AP

    The Yankees were mentioned as the favorites to sign Carlos Beltran earlier this week, but the Royals haven’t given up hopes of reuniting. According to Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star, the Royals “insist” that they will pursue Beltran and appear willing to meet his preference of a three-year contract. This comes on the…

  24. The Lorde song “Royals” was inspired by . . . George Brett?!

    Nov 20, 2013, 5:34 AM EDT

    Lorde

    Remember last month when I (regrettably) linked that fan version of the Lorde song “Royals,” only with lyrics talking about how awesome being a St. Louis Cardinals fan was?  Man, that was the worst thing ever. But not only was it awful, it wasn’t even the most valid baseball connection to that song from the…

  25. So, what’s the market for Billy Butler anyway?

    Oct 22, 2013, 7:10 PM EDT

    Josh Phegley, Jerry Meals, Billy Butler

    This kind of doubles as a “what’s the market for Kendrys Morales?” post, too. Anyway, the Royals have let it be known that Billy Butler is available, according to ESPN’s Buster Olney. Had they done this a year ago, they would have been in line for a nice return. Now? Probably not so much. Butler…

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