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Kansas City Royals
by John Viril—
Royals manager Ned Yost today announced that former Arizona Diamondbacks closer J.C. Gutierrez has won the 7th, and final, job in the Kansas City bullpen. The right handed Gutierrez had been in a contest for the final spot with Donnie Joseph, Francisley Bueno, Louis Coleman and Dan Wheeler. Yost cited Gutierrez’s impressive recent performances and a “95 mph fastball that he spots well” during his announcement.
I must confess, I am somewhat surprised that Gutierrez won the job. His spring ERA has been unimpressive (4.50) and his career MLB track record is similarly pedestrian (4.79 ERA in 167.1 IP for a career ERA+ of 91). Gutierrez, however, was out of minor league options, unlike his four remaining competitors. If you believe in retaining bullpen depth in AAA, this decision makes perfect sense. Bueno, Coleman and Joseph all had remaining minor league options, and the veteran Dan Wheeler signed a minor league contract.
The move, however, leaves the bullpen somewhat li...
BEST OF MAXIM
by John Viril—
Today the Royals tinkered with 1B Eric Hosmer in right field. While many might dismiss this as an insignificant spring training experiment, I see it as a clue to the club’s thinking heading into the regular season. In short, the brain trust is more concerned than they are letting on about Jeff Francoeur repeating last season’s dismal performance.
by John Viril—
Royals manager Ned Yost declared George Kottaras the winner of the backup catcher job Friday. This decision completes the Royals 25-man roster for the season-opener on Monday, April 1.
The 29-year-old Kottaras won the job over Brett Hayes, who cleared waivers and accepted assignment to AAA Omaha. Yost told KCRoyals.com that Kottaras won the job in large part due...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. All over their lineup, the Royals have impact players and difference-makers.
Alex Gordon is a Gold Glove outfielder. Billy Butler is an All-Star designated hitter. Catcher Salvador Perez and shortstop Alcides Escobar are rising stars defensively and offensively.
Talented center fielder Lorenzo Cain is poised to have a breakout year. Third baseman Mike Moustakas...
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) Former AL MVP Miguel Tejada has made the Kansas City Royals' opening-day roster as a utility infielder.
Manager Ned Yost made the announcement Friday before the Royals' exhibition game against Cleveland.
The 38-year-old is a six-time All-Star who last played in the major leagues in 2011 with the San Francisco Giants. He hit .239 with four homers and...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Behind a pair of dark sunglasses, Dayton Moore's eyes dart around a spring training practice field in sunny Surprise, Ariz., trying to take in everything happening all at once.
There's the Kansas City Royals' new-look pitching staff going through stretches on an adjacent field, and a lineup filled with promising young position players who've yet...
The James Shields and Wade Davis trade has sent a clear statement that the Royals feel they can win now. Photo from sportsillustrated.cnn.com
It is only a few days away. On Monday, April 1st, the real games begin again for the Kansas City Royals. For the 26th straight season, the Royals are coming off a year where they missed the playoffs. For the fans that stay with them, we applaud...
Alex Gordon, Jeff Francoeur, Elliot Johnson and Roman Hernandez homered as the Kansas City Royals beat Cleveland 5-1 Friday to wrap up the most successful spring training in franchise history.
The Royals finished 25-7-2, the best exhibition record in the majors.
Gordon hit Ubaldo Jimenez's second pitch over the center-field fence for his eighth home run. Gordon finished with...
Butler has a .348 average in the new Yankee Stadium.
Threat Level: 7
Kansas City’s offseason made some headlines and turned some heads. They traded away top prospect Wil Meyers and three other prospects for James Shield and Wade Davis. These moves are clearly indicative of a “win now” philosophy, but make no mistake, this team does have young talent for years to come. Their...
I believe the Royals will do well this year. I know, there’s been a few years when it seemed the Royals would do well and they fell flat (like 2004, 2009 and 2012). If there’s any team out there who crushes fan’s expectations and pulls the rug out from underneath their fans, it’s the Kansas City Royals.
But 2013 isn’t like the hopeful mirage of the 2012 season. Yes, there...
Would it be too hack-tastic to use the experience of the spring season as a figure for the annual rebirth of baseball in Spring Training? Yes. So I won’t. Indeed, I suspect at this point Spring Training feels for others like it does for me: not an exciting time of newness, but as a never-ending sea of pointlessness that makes one ashamed for ever having enjoyed it at all. (I would...
Kansas City Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie’s sneaker collection makes Chris Paul’s look like a ‘cute attempt.’ Guthrie gives you a sneak peek of his ridiculous amount of sneakers and more impressive is the number of limited editions. [Hot Clicks] Article found on: Next Impulse Sports
Alex Gordon and Salvador Perez hit home runs off Matt Latos in Kansas City's five-run third inning, and the Royals beat the Cincinnati Reds 8-3 on Thursday.
Gordon's homer was his seventh of the spring, and Perez - who also doubled - hit his second, a three-run shot.
Joey Votto and Royals first baseman Billy Butler collided as Votto rounded first after hitting a ball off...
I know I have been absent for a while, and you all know that I am prone to hyperbole, but the Royals recent revelation the Luis Mendoza has won the job of fifth starter has brought me out of the shadows…and my hyperbole with it. A month ago everyone considered it a lock that Luke Hochevar would win the fifth spot…and they sent him to the bullpen. A week ago we speculated that...