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The Royals added four more players to the organization Tuesday, officially announcing minor-league deals for outfielder Greg Golson, right-handed pitcher Juan Gutierrez, left-hander Francisley Bueno and catcher Max Ramirez. The club previously announced the signing of seven players to minor-league contracts on Dec. 1, including utility infielder Tony Abreu and right-handed pitcher Zach Miner. It's likely that some of the deals will include an invite to major-league spring training. The Royals will announce those invites at a later date, but veterans with major-league experience typically don't sign minor-league deals without a guaranteed invitation to big-league spring training.

Royals sign four to minor league deals

Kansas City Royals KANSAS CITY, Mo. The Kansas City Royals announced today that the club has signed four players to minor league contracts for the 2012 season. Non-roster invites to Major League camp will be announced at a later date. 30-year-old left-handed pitcher Francisley Bueno was 7-5 with a 4.15 ERA in 15 starts last season for Monterrey in the Mexican Summer League. Born...

Laffey, Rhymes let go before non-tender deadline

Kansas City Royals left-hander Aaron Laffey and Detroit Tigers second baseman Will Rhymes became free agents after their teams declined to offer 2012 contracts. Clubs had until midnight EST on Monday to offer contracts to unsigned players on their 40-man rosters. In the hours before the deadline, Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr. agreed to a $2 million, one-year contract...

Royals offer contracts to all unsigned players except for Laffey

The Royals opted to risk arbitration with seven of eight eligible players Monday by tendering formal contract offers to all unsigned players except left-handed reliever Aaron Laffey before the 11 p.m. deadline. That decision means catcher Brayan Pena, infielder Chris Getz, outfielders Alex Gordon and Mitch Maier, and pitchers Luke Hochevar, Felipe Paulino and Jonathan Sanchez have...

Moves By Royals Not Exactly Utilitiarian

When I was a kid, there was always a player or two on the Royals team that seemed like dead weight (see Jerry Terrell, Rance Mulliniks, Greg Pryor…) He couldn’t hit very well, and he wasn’t good enough to hold a starting position. Yet every few days or so he was in the lineup, filling in for one of my favorite players. It was explained to me that every team had to have one...

Crow ready to take on next challenge

A year ago, Aaron Crow had transformed from prized prospect to perplexing puzzle. Then he became an All-Star reliever in 2011, and Crow will now get a chance to be in the Royals' starting rotation.

Zack Greinke: Idiot or Genius?

Everybody in Kansas City knows that Zack Greinke doesn’t come across as the brightest bulb on the tree.  There were times when fans didn’t know what was more exciting, his

Royals offer contracts to 31, but not Laffey

Pitcher Aaron Laffey was the only player not offered a 2012 contract by the Royals on Monday night.

Royals grant release of minor-league pitcher Mario Santiago

The Royals have granted the release of minor-league right-hander Mario Santiago, a move that will allow Santiago to sign with SK Wyverns of the Korean Baseball Organization. Santiago, who will turn 27 on Friday, recorded a 3.70 ERA in 35 appearances (11 starts) in 2011 while splitting time between Class AAA Omaha and Class AA Northwest Arkansas. In 2010, he helped Northwest Arkansas...

Royals' Laffey, Cubs' Hill among non-tender cuts

NEW YORK (AP) -- Kansas City left-hander Aaron Laffey, Chicago Cubs catcher Koyie Hill and Washington left-hander Doug Slaten became free agents after their teams declined to offer 2012 contracts.

Royals add Spring Training tilt vs. Angels

The Royals' Cactus League schedule is up to 32 games with the addition of a split-squad game against the Los Angeles Angels.
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