Jason Vargas: Lucky or Good?

by John Viril— Pundits snickered when Kansas City Royals GM Dayton Moore signed 31-year-old pitcher Jason Vargas to a 4-year $32 million contract. Most agreed that Vargas was a useful innings eater, and that the average salary was fair market value in 2014, but that Moore had overpaid by at least one, if not two, more guaranteed years than was necessary. Right now, Dayton Moore...
Via The Viril View: On the KC Royals
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Why Dayton Moore Needed Early Success From Vargas

Dayton Moore needed a strong start to the season from Jason Vargas. He had made it clear at the beginning of free agency that Vargas was his man after signing him in November. He repeatedly answered questions about Ervin Santana and the possibility of bringing the number-two pitcher back for another year. 22 innings pitched. […]
Via Pine Tar Press
6 days ago  |  Discuss

2014 Fantasy Baseball: Second Tier AL Starting Pitchers

The second tier list in the National League was a mixed bag. We saw a cross between pitchers that some people would think would be tier one guys and guys that some people thought would be tier three guys. So, going through both lists was fun just to see what big names might fall out either way. Tier two pitchers are pitchers that finished with a fair run average (FRA) between 4.00...
Via The Fantasy Fix
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Norichika Aoki Proving His Worth to Kansas City Royals

by John Viril— New RF Norichika Aoki showed Kansas City Royals fans why GM Dayton Moore traded for him this winter in Saturday’s 4-3 victory over the visiting White Sox.  Aoki is the first prototypical lead-off hitter the team has had since Coco Crisp tore his rotator cuff early in the 2009 season. Aoki put his full talents on display Saturday afternoon at Kauffman Stadium with...
Via The Viril View: On the KC Royals
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Fan reactions and intelligent statements from Royals fans after first 2 games

Nothing brings out instant fan reactions (and intelligence) like a tough loss or two to start the Kansas City Royals baseball season.  Nobody likes losing 2 games in a row.  Nobody likes losing 2 games in a row, on the road, to the Detroit Tigers (the target at the top of the division) either.  It is obvious that the season is going to end up however the first two games go,...
Via Pine Tar Press
20 days ago  |  Discuss

First Santana, now Vargas: Hey Angels, keep sending 'em Royals' way

Maybe, just maybe, general manager Dayton Moore has stolen from the Angels again. Last year, Moore acquired Ervin Santana from the Angels, and we all know what happened next: Santana had a fabulous season with the Royals, and the Royals now will get an extra first-round draft pick as compensation for Santana signing with the Braves. This time, Moore plucked Jason Vargas away from...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals' secret to success? Just score four runs, baby

Perhaps the most amazing statistic from last year's Royals team was the one detailing their record when they scored at least four runs. All the Royals had to do was get to four runs last year and they were an astonishing 64-13, which tells you just how good their defense and pitching were. Think of that some more: 64-13 when scoring just four runs. And consider the league average...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals look like they could finally catch the Tigers

KANSAS CITY -- There's no secret that the Royals' offseason moves the past two years were designed with one purpose: To catch the class of the Central Division, the Detroit Tigers. And finally, it looks like general manager Dayton Moore's moves -- along with the maturation of his youngest players -- are enough to close the gap on Detroit and give the Royals a realistic...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Sean Manaea: Royals Savvy Draft Pick

Tony Campbell/Baseball America ”#Royals LHP Sean Manaea sitting 93-94 in his first inning of work (backfield game). Command is sharp. He’s painting. This is sexy.” This is a quote from Jason Parks, prospect scout for Baseball Prospectus from twitter. Parks wrote a couple of paragraphs about Manaea at here:
Via TopSportsReport
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals Complete 2014 Season Preview

The Kansas City Royals are putting the finishing touches on spring training and gearing up for the 2014 season.  The climate around the team has changed and the expectations to win are growing. The Royals have not reached the postseason since their last World Series victory in 1985.  Prior to last season, they had not posted a winning record since 2003.  The 1994 season was...
Via i70baseball
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Alex Gordon needs more rest

by John Viril— Kansas City Royals LF Alex Gordon is a key player for the team’s 2014 playoff hopes. When Royals GM Dayton Moore acquired RF Norichika Aoki from the Brewers this winter, one of the key benefits mentioned was that the trade would allow manager Ned Yost to move Gordon in an RBI position rather than bat leadoff. This rationale makes sense. Gordon possesses good power...
Via The Viril View: On the KC Royals
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Moore says Royals knew about Infante's bone spur when they signed him

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Royals knew about second baseman Omar Infante's bone spur in his right elbow when they signed him last December and were not overly concerned, general manager Dayton Moore said. "It's fairly common for players to have that type of issue," Moore said by phone. "It's not serious. It's mostly a matter of treating the discomfort...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
March 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Dayton Moore: Duffy still could start season at Omaha, as a starter

With all the talk lately in the Royals' camp about left-hander Danny Duffy being moved to the bullpen, keep in mind one tiny detail: It's not a lock that he'll open the season in Kansas City. Duffy still could start the season at Triple-A Omaha -- as a starter, according to general manager Dayton Moore. "Absolutely, he could start at Omaha," Moore told me by...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
March 20, 2014  |  Discuss

The Two Biggest Weaknesses of the Kansas City Royals

2013 was a great season for the Kansas City Royals, at least relative to what their standards have been over the last few two decades. With a young roster coming off the most successful season for the franchise in over 20 years, the Royals have the look of a team on the rise. However, if they are really going to take the next step and become an actual contender, they have to shore...
Via The Outside Corner
March 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Royal Problems: Dayton Moore

USA TODAY Sports PHILLIP KING ROYALS WRITER With news that the Royals are done adding payroll for the upcoming season with the news of Bruce Chen’s signing, the release of Emilio Bonifacio, and the rumors of the Royals having no interest of signing Ervin Santana, I feel I should look back at why the Royals will have a difficult time winning with General Manager Dayton Moore, or...
Via TopSportsReport
February 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Best part of baseball's expanded instant replay? Controversial calls now will be shown at The K

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Perhaps the best side effect of Major League Baseball's decision to allow managers to challenge at least one umpires decision each game this season is that fans at Kauffman Stadium (and everywhere else) will be allowed to see controversial plays on the Crown Vision scoreboard. Yes, now fans at the stadium will get virtually the same instant-replay experience...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
February 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Moore on maybe not carrying backup middle infielder: 'It's not like rosters are frozen Opening Day'

Since I began mentioning a few weeks ago that the Royals might start the season without a backup middle infielder on the 25-man roster, there seems to be some genuine concern out there in Royals land. The reason the Royals might start the season without a backup middle infielder is because they are leaning toward carrying five outfielders. Aside from the starters, Jarrod Dyson, Justin...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
February 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Royals might give Sal Perez some playing time at first base

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- During batting practice, you'll often see Royals All-Star catcher Sal Perez taking ground balls at third base, second base -- all around the infield, actually. "Sal really could, if he wanted to, play any position," Royals general manager Dayton Moore has said often. "He has that ability." Of course, the Royals aren't about to tinker...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
February 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Royals’ Moore says team’s payroll of $90 million is past break-even point

The door closed on a reunion between the Royals and right-hander Ervin Santana about two weeks ago. Shortly before the organization reached a one-year agreement with left-hander Bruce Chen, general manager Dayton Moore reached out to the representatives for Santana, who flourished for the team in 2013. Moore found the tenor of the conversation between the team and the player had...
Via Pro Sports Daily
February 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Dayton Moore: 'For the most part, the club is set'

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Spring training doesn't begin until later this week, but already the Royals' roster is taking shape. Royals general manager Dayton Moore held his final press conference Monday before coaches, players and front-office personnel convene in Surprise, Ariz., and Moore revealed some telling information on how that roster might shape up. For openers, Moore indicated...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
February 10, 2014  |  Discuss

GM Dayton Moore at Royals FanFest

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Via Fox Sports Kansas City
February 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Royals' Moore says no recent offers made to Santana

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Royals television announcer Rex Hudler created a bit of a stir on Twitter on Tuesday night when he said on a fan podcast that the Royals had extended an offer to right-hander Ervin Santana for a two-year deal. Hudler made the statement about Santana for a podcast on a popular Royals fan website called Tuesday night. David Lesky of the web site...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
January 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Royals GM Moore confirms agreement with RHP Brad Penny

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Royals have reached a verbal agreement for a minor league deal with right-hander Brad Penny, Royals general manager Dayton Moore confirmed by phone Thursday morning. The agreement was first reported by Chris Cotillo of Moore, who is in Arizona for organizational meetings, said, however, that no written terms have been exchanged with Penny...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
January 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals Rumors

The Kansas City Royals have been very active this offseason.  It seems the team is ready to contend and general manager Dayton Moore is building around his core players to do just that.  The 2014 season looks very promising. That does not mean the Royals are done building their team.  As the new year has arrived, so have rumors about the Royals’ interest in players that would...
Via i70baseball
January 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Power Ranking Kansas City Royals’ Offseason Signings, Trades so Far

The Kansas City Royals have been active in adding pieces to the club this offseason.  On the heels of a winning season, the team obviously feels that they will find themselves contending for the division title in 2014. Contending for the division title did not require a complete overhaul of the roster.  The Royals were able to shop intelligently for pieces that would improve...
Via i70baseball
December 27, 2013  |  Discuss

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