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Kansas City Royals
Tampa Bay Rays
Could Royals backup catcher Brayan Pena be heading to the Tampa Bay Rays?
This is nothing more than my own speculation based on a tweet by Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com:
Rays are a fascinating team to watch. Could trade starters (anyone but Price, Moore), relievers, Upton. Looking for young catcher, pitchers
On the season, Rays catchers are hitting .194 AVG/.266 OBP/.279 SLG with 4 HR and 26 RBI (294 AB). All stats are in the bottom four in all of MLB in each category.
Since the return of Slavador Perez from the disabled list, former starting catcher Brayan Pena has been relegated to a backup role, but his aggressiveness on the basepaths and the fact he is a switch hitter could be appealing to a contender as the trade deadline approaches.
In 127 AB, Pena is hitting .252/.278/.346 with 1 HR and 14 RBI. Now, those numbers are by no means staggering, but would provide a nice bump in the starting lineup for the Rays. Pena is by no means the guaranteed out the Rays are curren...
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KANSAS CITY The Kansas City Royals have a signed veteran catcher Jason Kendall to a 2012 minor league contract. Kendall will report to Double-A Northwest Arkansas today and is scheduled to start at catcher at Springfield tomorrow night.
The 38-year-old Kendall is a three-time National League All-Star (1996, 1998, 2000) and a career .288 hitter in 2...
Left-hander Jonathan Sanchez's nightmarish tenure with the Royals finally ended Tuesday, not long after a cascade of boos rained down on him in his last start Monday, boos that rivaled in intensity those delivered at Kauffman Stadium toward Robinson Cano at the Home Run Derby.
The Royals designated Sanchez for assignment, less than 24 hours after he was rocked for seven runs...
For most of 2011, the Royals and their fans figured they had one of the best defensive shortstops in baseball in Alcides Escobar.
They also figured they had a light-hitting shortstop, a fact they were willing to live with.
As it turns out, the Royals and their fans won't have to live with the latter anymore.
Escobar, 26, has emerged as an offensive weapon, so much so that...
On Tuesday afternoon, the Kansas City Royals designated left-handed starter Jonathan Sanchez for assignment. The Royals, of course, acquired Sanchez and right-handed pitcher Ryan Verdugo from the San Francisco Giants over the winter, in exchange for Melky Cabrera. At the time, the trade came in for criticism and praise on both sides, which suggested it was a fair deal. Obviously...
What is the Competitive Balance Lottery?
Jonathan Mayo, MLB.com
...is a mechanism designed to help teams perceived to need the most assistance by awarding extra Draft picks to some of them. The 10 smallest-market teams and 10 lowest-revenue teams will have the chance to win one of six extra selections in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft.
Those half-dozen picks will be made...
Eric Hosmer's prolonged struggles at the plate have again led to him being dropped in the Kansas City Royals' batting order. Manager Ned Yost moved Hosmer from the third slot to the sixth slot Thursday. "It's just that simple as that," Yost said of trying to take some pressure off Hosmer. "He's battling through a lot of different things. Some of...
The Kansas City Royals announced that they have signed veteran catcher Jason Kendall and have assigned him to the Royals' Double-A team.
Kendall, 38, last played in the Majors in 2010 with the Royals. He hit .256/.318/.297 with 37 RBI's and a 91 OPS+ in 490 plate appearances. He missed the entire 2011 season due to a shoulder injury.
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The trade -- outfielder Melky Cabrera to the San Francisco Giants for left-hander Jonathan Sanchez and minor league lefty Ryan Verdugo -- seemingly made sense for the Kansas City Royals when it was announced last Nov. 7. Sure, Cabrera was coming off a career year in which he batted .305 with 44 doubles and 201 hits. However, the Royals needed starting pitching, and Sanchez had...
Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon has plenty to be frustrated about as his team continues to struggle. In the seventh inning Wednesday, with a Rays 4-0 lead against the Cleveland Indians slipping away, he vented against plate umpire Dan Iassogna. There had been an extremely questionable strike-three call against Rays right fielder Matt Joyce in the sixth inning. Then in the seventh...
The Tampa Bay Rays, still feeling the effects from Monday's 15-inning, 5-hour loss to the Oakland Athletics, have called up right-handed reliever Josh Lueke.
Lueke was with the Rays coming out of spring training and has an 18.90 ERA in three games with the big league club. The 6-foot-5-inch, 235-pounder was 1-3 with a 4.72 ERA for Triple-A Durham before getting recalled to the...
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. David Price donned his green St. Paddys Day ball cap and matching-colored tank top by his locker Thursday afternoon.
That seemed like an especially appropriate look considering how Price keeps throwing those lucky sevens, the latest of which helped change the fortunes of the Tampa Bay Rays just when they needed it most.
Price pitched seven superb innings...
Alex Cobb was concerned about the effects of a nine-day break between starts. As it turns out, he had good reason. The Tampa Bay Rays right-hander struggled in his first start since July 6, lasting only 3 1/3 innings while walking five Monday in a 3-2 loss to the Cleveland Indians. In an effort to combat the inactivity, Cobb threw the equivalent of three innings in a simulated...
Player of the Game
Tony Sipp pitched strong in relief today, which was enough to win him Player of the Game honors. Sipp came on with 2 outs in the 6 inning and continued to pitched through the 7th. He did not allow a single runner and struck one out, giving him a score of 1.82. After 90 games into the season, Sipp finally wins his first PoG.
Tribe hitters took advantage...
Note: salaries are rounded estimates and include all team-controlled years. Rankings from the 2011 Trade Value series in parentheses.
20. (12) David Price, SP, Tampa Bay – Under Team Control through 2015
The Rays ace has continued his steady climb into elite territory, and is establishing himself as one of the dominant left-handed...