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  1. Yordano Ventura and his 100-mph fastball will be in the Royals’ rotation

    Mar 18, 2014, 11:19 AM EDT

    Yordano Ventura Royals

    Everyone loves a new pitching phenom, so here’s some good news: 22-year-old flame-thrower Yordano Ventura has won a spot in the Royals’ starting rotation, according to Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star. Ventura made his MLB debut with three September starts last season and has been extremely impressive all spring, flashing a triple-digit fastball…

  2. 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…

  3. Wade Davis is no longer in the running for a rotation spot

    Mar 8, 2014, 11:57 AM EDT

    Wade Davis Getty

    The Royals gave Wade Davis a chance to win a rotation spot this spring even after he struggled as a starter last season, but Royals manager Ned Yost told Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star this morning that the 28-year-old right-hander is out of the fifth starter competition and will pitch out of the…

  4. Royals release Emilio Bonifacio, eat a half-million bucks

    Feb 12, 2014, 2:44 PM EDT

    Emilio Bonifacio Getty

    Kansas City has released Emilio Bonifacio after the utility man and his $3.5 million contract predictably passed through waivers. Because his one-year deal was an arbitration avoidance it’s not fully guaranteed, so by releasing him the Royals are only on the hook for around $575,000. Or maybe “only” is a better way to put it.…

  5. What on earth are the Royals doing now?

    Feb 1, 2014, 4:12 PM EDT

    Bruce Chen

    When the Royals re-signed Bruce Chen to a one-year, $4.25 million contract this week, it was generally met with tepid approval. One could argue that he’s 90 percent of the pitcher Jason Vargas is for half of the salary and one-quarter the commitment. So, that’s not bad. But then came the fallout. First, it was…

  6. Royals designate Emilio Bonifacio for assignment

    Feb 1, 2014, 12:15 PM EDT

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    The Royals officially re-signed veteran left-hander Bruce Chen today and they designated infielder Emilio Bonifacio for assignment in order to make room for him on the 40-man roster. The move is somewhat curious, as the Royals and Bonifacio avoided arbitration two weeks ago by agreeing to a one-year, $3.5 million contract. However, contracts via arbitration…

  7. Royals re-sign Bruce Chen

    Jan 30, 2014, 12:48 PM EDT

    Bruce Chen

    Free agent left-hander Bruce Chen has re-signed with the Royals, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. Chen is coming off his best season in a decade thanks largely to success after shifting to a relief role, but at age 37 he understandably didn’t draw a ton of interest on the open market. Overall last season…

  8. 2014 Free Agent Tracker

    Dec 25, 2013, 12:26 AM EDT

    MLB: Yankees-Brian McCann Press Conference

    Here’s the rundown of where this winter’s top 150 free agents are landing, continuously updated throughout the offseason. Re-signings are posted in red, while players signing with new teams are in blue. Stars denote players who received qualifying offers and thus will cost their new team a draft pick if they sign elsewhere. (Non-tenders have…

  9. Royals to give Hochevar, Davis second… mmm, sixth chances as SPs

    Dec 9, 2013, 5:15 PM EDT

    Luke Hochevar

    After two seasons as a below average starter, Wade Davis broke through as a reliever for the Rays in 2012, amassing a 2.43 ERA and striking out 87 in 70 1/3 innings. The Royals plan after picking him up in the James Shields-Wil Myers trade? Move him back to the rotation. Luke Hochevar was a…

  10. HardballTalk’s Top 150 Free Agents for 2014

    Nov 1, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Robinson Cano

    This year’s annual free agents column has expanded to a top 150, though I’m writing up just the top 55 (it was going to be 50, but I couldn’t help myself). The rest are presented in a list. Not included are players whose contract options are sure to be exercised. Players are ranked based not…

  11. A Thoroughly Enjoyable Season

    Sep 18, 2013, 10:45 AM EDT

    Cleveland Indians v Kansas City Royals

    Well, it’s Sept. 17 … and the Kansas City Royals have a shot at the postseason. It’s a bit of a longshot, sure. They are 2 1/2 games behind Texas in the wildcard standings right now, which is hardly insurmountable (especially the way the Rangers are playing). But they also have Cleveland and Baltimore ahead…

  12. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Sep 9, 2013, 6:07 AM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v St. Louis Cardinals

    Cardinals 9, Pirates 2: And the sweep. Four losses in a row overall for Pittsburgh which is back in wild card territory, looking up at the Cards, still stuck on 81 wins.  Michael Wacha pitched seven shutout innings, allowing only two hits, and drove in two runs to boot. He hasn’t allowed a run in 19 and two-thirds…

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

    Sep 4, 2013, 7:13 AM EDT

    Jon Lester

    It’s cool and crisp here in America’s Heartland and there were some games last night that felt like the playoffs. Can we please just skip September and move straight on into October? Would anyone object to this? Red Sox 2, Tigers 1: An ALCS preview? Jon Lester outduels Max Scherzer in a tight game with…

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

    Aug 14, 2013, 6:52 AM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Diamondbacks 4, Orioles 3: Paul Goldschmidt homered to tie it in the ninth, homered to win it in the 11th. It’s perhaps too late for this, but memo to Buck Showalter: maybe don’t pitch to Paul Goldschmidt. Two walkoff wins in a row for the Dbacks. Their ninth walkoff win of the year. Yankees 14,…

  15. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 9, 2013, 6:36 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v San Francisco Giants

    Five of the seven losing teams on Thursday scored one run. This means something. This is important. [sculpts Devil's Tower out of his mashed potatoes, scares family] Giants 4, Brewers 1: Tim Lincecum looked like the Timmy of old yesterday, tossing eight shutout innings and allowing only one hit. These past several performances are likely to…

  16. David Wright placed on disabled list with hamstring strain

    Aug 3, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    David Wright Getty

    The Mets announced this morning that third baseman David Wright was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right hamstring strain. Outfielder Mike Baxter has been recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas to take his place on the active roster. Wright suffered the injury in last night’s game against the Royals while he was running…

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

    Jul 24, 2013, 7:07 AM EDT

    Cleveland Indians v Seattle Mariners

    Mariners 4, Indians 3: The M’s just keep on winning. That’s eight in a row, with this one ending interestingly. The Indians had runners on the corners with no one out in the ninth. Then Drew Stubbs got caught in a rundown he probably shouldn’t have gotten caught in between third and home, ending the…

  18. Question of the Day: Choose your own MLB career

    May 21, 2013, 3:51 PM EDT

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    What type of MLB player do you want to be?

  19. Royals choose Luis Mendoza over Bruce Chen for final rotation spot

    Mar 26, 2013, 12:46 PM EDT

    Kansas City's Mendoza delivers a pitch against Milwaukee in their MLB baseball game in Kansas City

    Kansas City has decided on Luis Mendoza as the fifth starter, which means Bruce Chen is headed to the bullpen after leading the Royals in starts, wins, and innings last season. Of course, Chen wasn’t actually much good with a 5.07 ERA. Luke Hochevar was previously shifted to the bullpen by the Royals, so by…

  20. Royals name James Shields as Opening Day starter

    Mar 22, 2013, 1:50 PM EDT

    Royals Shields and Davis Baseball

    Making official what was expected, manager Ned Yost announced that James Shields will get the Opening Day start for the Royals. Kansas City gave up a ton to get Shields (and Wade Davis) from Tampa Bay this offseason, parting with a four-player package that included stud outfield prospect Wil Myers, and a huge part of…

  21. 2013 Preview: Kansas City Royals

    Mar 21, 2013, 4:46 PM EDT

    Royals Shields and Davis Baseball

    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 2013 season. Today: the Kansas City Royals. The Big Question: Are the Royals finally ready to contend? For a while the Royals were a…

  22. Jordan Lyles is probably losing his rotation spot

    Mar 8, 2013, 2:41 PM EDT

    Jordan Lyles

    Jordan Lyles threw a complete-game shutout against the Brewers in his final outing last season to finish 5-12 with a 5.09 ERA. Now, that doesn’t sound very impressive, but he was just 21 years old and that he was an Astro explains the win-loss record. He entered camp this year penciled in as Houston’s No.…

  23. World Baseball Classic rosters announced for all countries

    Jan 17, 2013, 5:43 PM EDT

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    All of the rosters for the World Baseball Classic have been released. They are subject to change, but they can all be read here by clicking on each country’s flag.  The highlights, per MLB’s press release: Venezuela’s roster currently features 11 All-Stars, including Triple Crown-winning 2012 A.L. MVP Miguel Cabrera, 2012 World Series Most Valuable…

  24. The WBC in a nutshell: Panamanian pitcher wants to play for China

    Jan 16, 2013, 8:53 AM EDT

    bruce chen getty

    Despite a lot of people assuming that he’s Asian based on the name, Bruce Chen is second generation Panamanian. But he wants to pitch for China in the WBC. Which is leading to some logistical issues, reports Pete Grathoff of the KC Star: Any questions about a player’s eligibility for a country must be cleared…

  25. Bruce Chen commits to Team China for 2013 WBC

    Jan 13, 2013, 5:01 PM EDT

    bruce chen getty

    CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that Royals left-hander Bruce Chen has agreed to pitch for Team China in the 2013 World Baseball Classic after spending the 2009 WBC with Team Panama. Chen, who was born in Panama City, Panama but is of Chinese descent, posted a 5.07 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 140/47 K/BB ratio across…

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