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KANSAS CITY, Mo. Can Billy Butler do even more offensively for the Royals?
That's the question that always seems to come up when fans discuss the skill level and contributions of Butler, the Royals' lone All-Star from 2012 who also on Wednesday received the Les Milgram Royals Player of the Year award.
It's a tricky question, of course, considering what a force Butler already has become. He hit .313 last season with 29 homers and 107 RBIs, and now has won the player-of-the-year award three times in the last four years.
But, naturally, fans wonder if Butler can do more. He thinks he can.
I'm not going to complain if I put up the same numbers I had last season, Butler said in a teleconference call. But I think I can get better. I'm already starting to work (in the cage) for next season.
I certainly am going to try (to do even more).
Manager Ned Yost made it evident at season's end that he wanted more home runs and more production from his lineup next seas...
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KANSAS CITY, MO Louisville Slugger announced this evening that Royals player Billy Butler is the 2012 Silver Slugger Award winner at Designated Hitter in the American League. Butler becomes the seventh-different Royals player to win a Silver Slugger award (10th time overall), the first since third baseman Dean Palmer in 1998.
The Silver Slugger award...
Kansas City, MO (November 7, 2012) – The Kansas City Royals have announced that designated hitter Billy Butler has been named the 2012 Les Milgram Player of the Year. The award was voted on by the Kansas City Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA).
Butler, 26, earned his third Les Milgram Player of the Year award (also 2009 and 2010) after leading...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. With the trade of Jonathan Broxton to Cincinnati last summer and the Royals' decision to pass on Joakim Soria's contract option last week, the path has been cleared for Greg Holland to become the Royals' closer perhaps for years to come.
But Holland, 26, isn't exactly relieved they're gone.
"Sure, I'd love to be the closer for years...
After the Kansas City Royals declined Joakim Soria's $8 million option, the former closer became a free agent. This, of course, does not mean the Royals had no intentions of bringing him back. It simply meant that after a year lost to Tommy John surgery, they did not feel $8 million was a sound investment. However, now that Soria is a free agent, he is testing the waters...
Last week, the Royals declined closer Joakim Soria‘s $8MM 2013 option and invoked a $750,000 buyout, making him a free agent. This wasn’t a surprise move, seeing Soria spent 2012 recovering from Tommy John surgery and he’s not expected to pitch until May or June of 2013.
The Royals would like to sign Soria to a lower cost deal with performance bonuses. But his agent, Oscar...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. The Kansas City Royals announced today that the club has traded right-handed pitcher Jeremy Jeffress to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for cash considerations.
Jeffress, 25, was designated for assignment on November 2. The right-hander was 0-0 with a 6.75 ERA in 13 relief appearances for the Royals in 2012.
Kansas City, MO (November 8, 2012) – Louisville Slugger announced this evening that Royals player Billy Butler is the 2012 Silver Slugger™ Award winner at Designated Hitter in the American League. Butler becomes the seventh-different Royals player to win a Silver Slugger award (10th time overall), the first since third baseman Dean Palmer in 1998.
The Silver Slugger award...
Kansas City, MO (November 6, 2012) – The Kansas City Royals have announced that right-handed reliever Greg Holland has been named the 2012 Bruce Rice Pitcher of the Year. The award was voted on by the Kansas City Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA).
Holland, who will turn 27 on November 20, made 67 appearances for the Royals, finishing 7-4 with...
Joakim Soria was one of the top closers for the Kansas City Royals over the past few years, prior to missing all of the 2012 MLB season due to Tommy John surgery. Now facing a decision in free agency, Soria would like to once again establish himself as one of the elite closers in the game.
Unless, of course, the New York Yankees made a phone call. That would be an entirely different...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. Former Angels right-hander Ervin Santana is virtually the perfect fit for the Royals, at least according to former Royal and present Angels broadcaster for Fox Sports West, Mark Gubicza.
This is really a chance for Ervin to get out of the shadows here and be his own guy, Gubicza said by phone Tuesday. And it's a chance for him to prove he can be a No. 1 guy...
Prior to injuring his elbow and missing the entire 2012 season, Kansas City Royals free agent, Joakim Soria did not want to be a setup man, even for Mariano Rivera and the New York Yankees. Oh, how much changes when … Continue reading →