Found November 30, 2011 on Bloguin Best:
The Royals have been a scapegoat in the American League for years. They've finished above .500 just once in the last 17 years (2003, when the team finished 83-79), they've dealt away stars like Carlos Beltran and Jermaine Dye for far below market value, and they've handed playing time to some of the worst players you can imagine in baseball. But the team went on a full-on youth movement in 2011, with just one regular (catcher Matt Treanor, who got the most plate appearances in a three headed platoon) on offense older than 27 years old. Veterans Jeff Francis and Bruce Chen anchored the rotation, but the rest of the staff was also laden with youngsters. So far this offseason, Kansas City has tweaked their roster to the point where they're starting to look a tad bit scary in 2012. Could this Royals team really contend? The Royals return the majority of their lineup in 2012. The majority of the changes can only lead to improvement. The team went younger in center field a...

Royals' GM says Soria will close in 2012

Could the Kansas City Royals be preparing to part company with Joakim Soria one of the best closers in club history? It's suddenly a legitimate question, and not just because Soria "struggled" through the only so-so season of his five-year career in Kansas City. The first jarring hint that the Royals might listen to offers for Soria came Tuesday morning, when the...

Chantel Kendall and Anna Benson drive ‘Baseball Wives’

The last time she checked, Chantel Kendall said, Major League Baseball players had an "85 percent" divorce rate. Her own bitter divorce to Jason Kendall — a major league catcher for 16 seasons, most recently with the Kansas City Royals — was finalized this past fall. Does divorce mean she's kicked out of the often close-knit inner circle of baseball spouses? And...

Aaron Crow To Be Given A Chance To Start In Kansas City

One-time Washington Nationals draftee Aaron Crow will be given a chance to compete for the Kansas City Royals starting rotation, according to, you guessed it, Jim Bowden. You’ll recall that the Nationals (and Bowden) drafted Crow with their first pick in the 2008 draft only to lose the rights to the potential-filled starter when the two sides couldn’t reach an agreement before...

Royals Add Jonathan Broxton, Flexibility

The Royals can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. The upcoming season may not be the first one since 1985 to see a Kansas City club make the playoffs, but 2011 showed there is exciting talent on hand. The offense scored 730 runs last season and posted a 102 wRC+ despite relying largely on young players. But the pitching… let’s not talk about the pitching. Dayton...

Hot Stove report: Kansas City Royals

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AL Central Notes: Cespedes, Royals, Cuddyer

The Tigers, who agreed to sign Ramon Santiago to a two-year deal today, have interest in Coco Crisp. Here are the latest updates from their division, starting with a note on another possible outfield target for Detroit: Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski will watch Yoenis Cespedes play in the Dominican Republic, according to Danny Knobler of, who suggests this is “very...

Royals sign seven Minor Leaguers

The Royals announced the signings of seven Minor Leaguers, including left-hander Tommy Hottovy and right-hander Zach Miner, on Thursday.

Former All-Star Broxton reaches deal with Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Reliever Jonathan Broxton and the Kansas City Royals have agreed to a one-year contract that guarantees the right-hander $4 million..

Broxton, Royals agree to $4 million deal

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Reliever Jonathan Broxton and the Kansas City Royals agreed Tuesday to a one-year contract that guarantees the right-hander $4 million, solidifying one of the big league's youngest bullpens and providing a setup man for closer Joakim Soria.

Broxton headed to Kansas City

The Kansas City Royals have agreed to a one-year deal with right-handed reliever Jonathan Broxton. Financial terms were not released, but it is believed to be a $4 million pact and is pending a physical which is expected to take place on Wednesday.
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