Friday Notes

Friday Notes

Do you remember a couple weeks ago when people were lamenting the lack of moves made by the Kansas City Royals this off-season? That seems like ages ago. Pushing aside the Jason Fr ...

Royals Sign Edinson Volquez

Royals Sign Edinson Volquez

In what appears to be the final big move of the off-season, the Kansas City Royals have agreed to terms on what is believed to be a two year deal worth $20 million with right-hande ...

Starting Pitcher Addition Will Determine Royals’ Offseason Success

Starting Pitcher Addition Will Determine Royals’ Offseason Success

Since the last time we talked, the Royals have been busy. But I’ll be honest, I’m not sure I can figure out exactly what they’re trying to do. Sure, the pieces they’ve added at lea ...

Thinking Aloud About the 2015 Royals

Thinking Aloud About the 2015 Royals

Barring a blockbuster trade that shakes up the foundation of the Royals, it looks like the 2015 version of the team is shaping up right before our eyes. With the free agent signing ...

Royals Gamble on Rios Not Wise

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 ...

Friday Notes

Friday Notes

The Royals finally made a move, which everyone was so desperately waiting on, but the opinion on Kendrys Morales wasn't quite as positive as other moves probably would have been. A ...

Royals Sign Kendrys Morales to Two-Year Deal

Royals Sign Kendrys Morales to Two-Year Deal

In their never-ending search for offense, the Kansas City Royals have reportedly reached a two-year deal with Kendrys Morales. Morales is coming off a down season (to say the least ...

Royals Rumor Mill Gearing Up Again

Royals Rumor Mill Gearing Up Again

Following the Winter Meetings is a great way to learn how to accept change because as the wind shifts, so does the direction of the rumor mill, which started blowing toward the Roy ...

Royals May Have to Play Waiting Game

Royals May Have to Play Waiting Game

The joke around the Kansas City Royals in previous years has been that the club typically has the first deal of the winter wrapped up around the time the World Series ends. Of cour ...

Friday Notes

Friday Notes

At this time next week, the Royals will have made it through the most telling week of the off-season, the Winter Meetings. I mentioned this on Twitter yesterday, but one of these y ...

Batter Up and Fry: Tailgating Treats. “Pork Chili”

Batter Up and Fry: Tailgating Treats. “Pork Chili”

During the holiday season it seems like there’s never enough time to get it all done and get dinner on the table. But a one pot meal can help make it feel possible. Plus this pork ...

Friday Notes

Do you remember a couple weeks ago when people were lamenting the lack of moves made by the Kansas City Royals this off-season? That seems like ages ago. Pushing aside the Jason Frasor and Luke Hochevar transactions were a flurry of moves that appear to have the Royals roster pretty well set for the 2015 season. Signing Kendrys Morales, Alex Rios, Edinson Volquez and now Kris Medlen completes a fairly exten ...

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Royals Sign Edinson Volquez

In what appears to be the final big move of the off-season, the Kansas City Royals have agreed to terms on what is believed to be a two year deal worth $20 million with right-handed starter, Edinson Volquez. Volquez was with the Pirates last season and had a 13-7 record in 192.2 inning with a 3.04 ERA. That ERA is somewhat deceiving as he struck out just 6.5 batters per nine innings and walked 3.3. He doesn ...

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Starting Pitcher Addition Will Determine Royals’ Offseason Success

Since the last time we talked, the Royals have been busy. But I’ll be honest, I’m not sure I can figure out exactly what they’re trying to do. Sure, the pieces they’ve added at least match up with the holes in the roster. Lose designated hitter Billy Butler? Add designated hitter Kendrys Morales. Need a right field replacement for Nori Aoki? Bring in Alex Rios. Everything else so far has been an attempt to ...

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Thinking Aloud About the 2015 Royals

Barring a blockbuster trade that shakes up the foundation of the Royals, it looks like the 2015 version of the team is shaping up right before our eyes. With the free agent signings of Kendrys Morales and Alex Rios, the Royals two big needs on offense have been taken care of, and with re-signing Jason Frasor and Luke Hochevar along with reaching a one-year deal with Yohan Pino, it appears the bullpen is abo ...

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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. Last season, Rios hit .28 ...

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Friday Notes

The Royals finally made a move, which everyone was so desperately waiting on, but the opinion on Kendrys Morales wasn't quite as positive as other moves probably would have been. And I get it. I don't hate the move as much as many seem to, which might be a first for me, but as with most moves, it's effectiveness will be judged by what happens around it. The Royals still have holes to fill if they want to be ...

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Royals Sign Kendrys Morales to Two-Year Deal

In their never-ending search for offense, the Kansas City Royals have reportedly reached a two-year deal with Kendrys Morales. Morales is coming off a down season (to say the least) after turning down a qualifying offer from the Seattle Mariners and not signing until into the season with the Minnesota Twins. He ended up hitting .218/.274/.338 with eight home runs and 42 RBI in 98 games. He was traded back t ...

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Royals Rumor Mill Gearing Up Again

Following the Winter Meetings is a great way to learn how to accept change because as the wind shifts, so does the direction of the rumor mill, which started blowing toward the Royals as the day has progressed. As soon as I told you that they might have to wait to get something done, they decided to gear up and insert themselves in the conversations in San Diego. There were a few interesting nuggets that ha ...

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Royals May Have to Play Waiting Game

The joke around the Kansas City Royals in previous years has been that the club typically has the first deal of the winter wrapped up around the time the World Series ends. Of course, this year, the Royals were playing in that game, so they needed a little time to recover and get moving on the off-season. They've made some minor moves early in the off-season, re-inking Jason Frasor and Luke Hochevar and tra ...

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Friday Notes

At this time next week, the Royals will have made it through the most telling week of the off-season, the Winter Meetings. I mentioned this on Twitter yesterday, but one of these years, I'm going to be there. This year, I'll be hitting refresh on MLB Trade Rumors right along with you at home to see the latest news from the busiest time in the MLB off-season. It's really anyone's guess if the Royals will be ...

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Batter Up and Fry: Tailgating Treats. “Pork Chili”

During the holiday season it seems like there’s never enough time to get it all done and get dinner on the table. But a one pot meal can help make it feel possible. Plus this pork chili is hearty and will warm you up on the cold, short days we are having. Roasted peppers add an extra depth of flavor to the dish.   Pork Chili 2 poblano peppers 1 green pepper 2 TB cooking oil 1 onion, chopped 2 cloves ga ...

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Royals Bullpen Depth Could Be Used in Multiple Ways

The reported re-signing of Luke Hochevar by the Kansas City Royals has done exactly what the organization said it was going to do this off-season, and that's restore some depth in the Royals bullpen for the 2015 season. On the surface, the Royals 2014 bullpen was quite good. And if you dig deeper, the bullpen was quite good, but it wasn't nearly as good as it was in 2013. While it would have been difficult ...

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U.L.’s Toothpick: The Year Of The Card–Jorge Orta, 1985

It’s funny the way baseball works. A man can play 15 seasons in the majors, collect more than 1,600 hits, post a lifetime batting line of .278/.334/.412, and make two All-Star teams, yet be remembered mostly as the answer to a trivia question. At least for 28 other fanbases. Cardinals fans probably have a different opinion. And Royals fans certainly do. Because there’s nothing trivial about being involved i ...

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Royals Defense Remains Key

As the Royals off-season is in full swing, one thing is for sure as they make plans for the 2015 season. They won’t deviate from their pitching and defense mantra that helped them reach Game 7 of the 2014 World Series. While they obviously are in need of an improved offense, they don’t seem willing to do so while weakening a defense that featured three Gold Glove winners and two others who could have easily ...

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Royals Lack of Depth Could Hurt in Trade Talks

As the Kansas City Royals explore avenues to improve their team for the upcoming season, it stands to reason that there are two methods to acquire a player at this point. They can either make a trade or acquire a player through free agency. Last week, I talked about the right-handed options out there who could really help the Royals who could be had via the trade. And I even concluded that the Royals best h ...

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Friday Notes

The day after Thanksgiving is that day when you look back on the day before and wonder exactly how many hours you have to spend working out to forget about what you ate during your feast. That's where I am now. Actually, I'm still at the point where I'm swearing off food forever. I imagine I'll be hungry at some point this weekend. We'll see. What I do know is that we're about a week and a half from hot sto ...

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Royals Right-Handed Answer Could Come Through Trade

When you hear about what the Kansas City Royals are looking to do to make their 2015 club better than their 2014 club, you hear of a few things. They're looking for starting pitching to replace the quality innings of James Shields. They're looking for some bullpen help to add some depth to the big three of Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis and Greg Holland. They're looking for a backup catcher to give Salvador Per ...

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Friday Notes

As the off-season for the Kansas City Royals progresses, the attention gets shifted away from the great season they had and toward the season they need to have in 2015. That's kind of the harsh reality of sports, I guess. For a team like the Royals, they probably get a little more leeway than other teams because of the crazy drought, but the goal now turns to how they get those extra two runs in the World S ...

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Yasmany Tomas Would Mean the World for the Royals

The Kansas City Royals aren't typically players in free agency. This isn't a new phenomenon either. Digging through Royals history, even the good days, the team was not built through free agency. Now, as the economics of baseball have shifted, the Royals remain out of the free agent game for the most part. When the off-season began, though, it was pretty clear that the Royals would either need to trade off ...

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U.L.’s Toothpick: A Look Back At The 1975 Royals

The 1975 Royals were a team at a crossroads of sorts. They had lots of promising young talent, yet they had been chasing the Oakland A’s since the very beginning of the franchise. The A’s were hated in Kansas City mostly because of Charlie Finley but also because they had fielded miserable teams here, then left for California just before they turned into a powerhouse. Oakland ruled not just the American Lea ...

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