A Look at the Royals Defense in 2015

  Durham Bulls fictional manager Joe “Skip” Riggins once said, “This is a simple game. You throw the ball, you hit the ball, you catch the ball.” The 2015 Royals will definitely be expected to catch the ball. When Alex Gordon, Salvador Perez and Eric Hosmer all take the field it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that these guys can play a little defense. All...
Via Royals Blue
6 days ago  |  Discuss

The Royals, Alex Rios, and Hitting Everything in Sight

You might expect the Kansas City Royals to have a big offseason after their fabled run to the World Series that reignited a love of baseball in the entire region of Missouri which doesn’t root for the Cardinals. Maybe they would sign someone to fill the offensive power void and boost run production, or try […]
Via Fangraphs
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals head to spring training with high expectations

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- That old, familiar baseball refrain made famous by fans of the Brooklyn Dodgers took on an entirely different meaning for the Kansas City Royals this offseason. No longer was "Wait `til next year!" the battle cry of a beleaguered franchise grasping at hope. The slogan had become quite literal: After snapping a 29-year playoff drought with a trip to the World Series...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
10 days ago  |  Discuss

The five best and worst signings of the offseason

Baseball’s long, dark winter is just about over, which means it’s time for writers to judge how each team did in the offseason with their signings, trades, and other transactions. It’s also time for everyone reading those articles to bookmark them and tell the writers how stupid they are when the season is over. It’s a cherished ritual of spring and fall. But even with...
Via The Outside Corner
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Fantasy Baseball Team Preview: Kansas City Royals

The AL champs did some tinkering after losing two core players to free agency. Fantasy-wise, there's not a whole lot to like here. (Note: When a player's fantasy draft status is mentioned - e.g., "he's an SP4" -€“ the number is based on 12-team mixed leagues.) ALSO SEE: TEAM PREVIEWS ARCHIVES Key additions: 1B/DH Kendrys Morales, OF Alex Rios, SP Edinson Volquez, SP Kris Medlen...
Via Fox Sports
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Grading The Kansas City Royals Offseason

The Kansas City Royals had a lot to be proud of as they walked off the field last season. Regardless of the fact they didn’t win the World Series, they were a team that was projected to be close to making the playoffs, and in fact did make it to the World Series. After a team has so much success, should they alter their lineup and bullpen to improve, or keep it relatively the...
Via i70baseball
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #146: Alex Rios | OF | KC

Which of the following seasons would you rather have as part of your 2015 fantasy team? Player A: 25 HR, 93 R, 91 RBI, 23 SB, .304 BA Player B: 18 HR, 83 R, 81 RBI, 42 SB, .278 BA Player C: 4 HR, 54 R, 54 RBI, 17 SB, .280 BA OK, so unless you enjoy pain, it’s clearly not player C. The choice between Players A and B is not as much a of a slam dunk, and you might think you definitely...
Via Baseball Professor
January 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Royals sign veteran outfielder Rios to $11 million, 1-year deal

  The Kansas City Royals announced the signing of veteran outfielder Alex Rios to an $11 million, one-year deal Friday that includes a mutual option for the 2016 season. Rios, who will take over right field for departed free agent Nori Aoki, will make $9.5 million this season. The deal includes $12.5 million the following year with a $1.5 million buyout. The 33-year-old Rios should...
Via AP on Fox
December 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Royals sign Rios to $11 million, 1-year deal

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Kansas City Royals announced the signing of veteran outfielder Alex Rios to an $11 million, one-year deal Friday that includes a mutual option for the 2016 season. Rios, who will take over right field for departed free agent Nori Aoki, will make $9.5 million this season. The deal includes $12.5 million the following year with a $1.5 million buyout. The...
Via AP on Fox
December 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Royals throw $11 million dollars in the toilet by signing Alex Rios

The Kansas City Royals have signed Alex Rios to an $11 million deal. While this deal rivals the Braves giving Nick Markakis $44 million over four seasons it is at-least not that bad because Rios will be earning just 25% of what Markakis will. I have often shyed away from saying that players are a waste of money but that is exactly how I feel about both Markakis and Rios. Rios, soon...
December 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Mariners Quest For A Full Time Right Fielder May Come Up Empty

No Melky, No Rios, Now What? After seemingly being on the verge of signing free agent right fielder Melky Cabrera the Seattle Mariners instead swung and missed as he wound up signing a three year deal with the White Sox. Why did this happen?  Maybe the Mariners wouldn’t go four years.  Maybe they didn’t think Melky was worth $14 million per season when that’s pretty much...
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December 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Royals Sign Alex Rios

Neil Mehta Sports Journalist  The Kansas City have come to  terms with free agent outfielder Alex Rios. The deal will be worth $11 million and 1 year. Rios spent the last two seasons with the Texas Rangers. In 2014, Rios hit .280 with 4 home runs and 54 RBIs. The 33-year-old is a 2-time All-Star (2006, 2007). Rios made his MLB debut in 2004 with the Toronto Blue Jays. In August...
Via TopSportsReport
December 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Alex Rios And Problems of Perception

Why Alex Rios can't win the battle of optics when it comes to his contract
Via Fangraphs
December 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Royals set offense, sign Alex Rios

  On Monday, the Royals went out and signed themselves a right fielder. Alex Rios has been a rumor the last couple of trade deadlines, and it seems Dayton Moore still had his eye stuck on him. Rios signed a 1 year deal worth $11 million. He will take over right field from recently departed Nori Aoki. There are two sides to this signing as Rios has displayed power in...
Via Royals Blue
December 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Royals Gamble on Rios Not Wise

The Kansas City Royals have filled their hole in right field in a way I feared would happen. They did so by signing Alex Rios to a one-year deal worth $11 million. By doing so, the lineup appears set at this point, but I worry that this move just isn't enough to make a huge difference. Of course, that's because I'm not a fan of Alex Rios and don't believe that he's especially good...
Via Pine Tar Press
December 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Hot Stove: Royals Sign Alex Rios, Yankees Sign Chase Headley

According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Kansas City Royals and outfielder Alex Rios have agreed to terms on a one-year, $11 million deal. Rios, 33, spent last season with the Texas Rangers, hitting at a .280/.311/.398 clip, with 30 doubles, 8 triples and 4 home runs. He tallied 54 runs batted in while scoring 54 runs and stealing 17 bases. For his career, Rios is a .278/.323...
Via Mets Merized Online
December 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Alex Rios’ deal with KC brings Cuddyer’s deal into question

The Kansas City Royals agreed to terms on a one-year, $11 million contract with outfielder Alex Rios on Monday night. Rios, 33, is a career .278/.323/.439 hitter in 11 big league seasons. However, he slashed only .280/.311/.398 with 4 home runs for the Texas Rangers in 2014. The two-time All-Star was not given a qualifying offer by the Rangers, making him more attractive to teams...
Via Around Citi
December 15, 2014  |  Discuss

AP source: Rios, Royals agree to $11 million deal

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) A person with knowledge of the negotiations says outfielder Alex Rios and the Kansas City Royals have agreed to an $11 million, one-year contract. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Monday because the deal was subject to Rios passing a physical. Rios will take over in right field from Nori Aoki, who became a free agent after helping the Royals win their...
Via AP on Fox
December 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Alex Rios headed to Kansas City

33-year-old outfielder Alex Rios is headed to the Kansas City Royals on a 1-year, $11-million dollar contract, per Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Rios played for the Texas Rangers last year, batting .280 in 131 games. The signing of Rios seems to indicate the end of Norichika Aoki experiment in Kansas City, as well as Jarrod Dyson‘s return to being a defensive replacement/pinch-runner...
Via Baseball Essential
December 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Royals, Alex Rios agree to 1-year, $11M deal

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Lanky outfielder Alex Rios, who has long been a favorite among Royals executives, is soon to become a Royal. A source close to the situation on Monday night confirmed an earlier report that Rios had agreed to terms with the Royals on a one-year deal for $11 million. first reported the agreement. Rios' deal won't be official until he passes a physical...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
December 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Royals waste money seeking outfield help in Alex Rios

The Royals have been looking for outfield help this offseason, whether or not they got it by signing Alex Rios remains to be seen. On Monday the Royals signed the 34-year-old to a one-year deal worth $11 million after he hit a pathetic .280/.311/.398 with four home runs over 521 plate appearances with the Rangers in 2014. I will be as critical as necessary on this one. Alex Rios...
December 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Winter Meetings Recap: Indians showing interest in Rios

Day three of the 2014 Winter Meetings in San Diego is almost in the books. The news and rumors will surely continue into the night, and if anything of substance regarding the Indians has legs I will provide the update on Twitter @TonyIBI and in the newswire to the right. If anything more significant gains legs I will surely post it to the front page as well. Things were much busier...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
December 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Three teams interested in Alex Rios

According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, free-agent outfielder Alex Rios is drawing interest from the Cleveland Indians, Seattle Mariners and Kansas City Royals. word is, mariners, royals and indians are among teams to check in on alex rios — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 5, 2014 The Mariners recently inked outfielder Nelson Cruz to a four-year, $57 million deal this past...
Via Baseball Essential
December 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Rangers Rumors: Alex Rios is now a free agent after Texas declines option

The Texas Rangers struggled to a 67-win season in 2014. Injuries were a major factor, as the Rangers were a dreadful 28th in the Major Leagues in ERA. Although the offense was in the middle of the pack in runs scored, look for the Rangers to try to improve in all phases in 2015. One move that does not come as a surprise that Alex Rios has become a free agent after the Rangers decline...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
November 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Alex Rios Dumps Agent, Hires Scott Boras

Updated November 1 Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that free agent outfielder Alex Rios has parted ways with the Kinzer Management Group.and has hired Scott Boras to be his new agent. The Rangers officially declined Rios’ team option before the switch as the 33-year old outfielder tests free agency for the first time in his career. Rios is projected to get a one year deal...
Via Mets Merized Online
November 01, 2014  |  Discuss
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