NewsDecember.13.18

MLB Winter Meetings 2018: Kansas City Royals Off To A Fast Start

The Kansas City Royals are seldom able to make a big splash at the winter meetings simply because they cannot afford to, given their limited financial flexibility as one of the smallest of the small-market teams. But the Royals did make the first even semi-major move of the meetings in Las...

The Kansas City Royals are seldom able to make a big splash at the winter meetings simply because they cannot afford to, given their limited financial flexibility as one of the smallest of the small-market teams. But the Royals did make the first even semi-major move of the meetings in Las Vegas, signing free-agent center fielder Billy Hamilton to patrol the wide and deep center field at Kauffman Stadium. Royals’ Winter Meetings Moves:  Signed center fielder Billy Hamilton to a one-year, $5.25 million contract with $1 million in incentives. Analysis: In reality, the Royals are a National League team dis...

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NewsDecember.11.18

Royals sign Billy Hamilton to 1-year deal

The Royals made the signing of former Reds free-agent outfielder Billy Hamilton official, inking him to a one-year deal on Tuesday afternoon. A source told MLB.com that Hamilton's deal has a base salary of $4.25 million for 2019 with $1 million in performance bonuses based on plate...

The Royals made the signing of former Reds free-agent outfielder Billy Hamilton official, inking him to a one-year deal on Tuesday afternoon. A source told MLB.com that Hamilton's deal has a base salary of $4.25 million for 2019 with $1 million in performance bonuses based on plate appearances that start at 325 and work in intervals of 25. There is also a $7.5 million mutual option for '20 with a $1 million buyout, guaranteeing Hamilton $5.25 million in the deal. Hamilton, 28, was non-tendered by the Reds in November. Royals general manager Dayton Moore said Monday that Hamilton would "make us better. And it gi...

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NewsNovember.23.18

Royals hire Mike Matheny as special adviser for player development

Former St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny joined the Kansas City Royals as special adviser for player development on Friday. "This is a great opportunity to have Mike become a member of our organization," Dayton Moore, the Royals' senior vice president of b...

Former St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny joined the Kansas City Royals as special adviser for player development on Friday. "This is a great opportunity to have Mike become a member of our organization," Dayton Moore, the Royals' senior vice president of baseball operations and general manager, said in a statement. "It has always been our policy to hire the best baseball people we can and this is the perfect example of that. Mike has contributed so much to our game as both a player and a manager and has a wealth of knowledge that can only make us better. I'm excited about the possibilities...

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NewsNovember.14.18

The Royals may have a star in Adalberto Mondesi

For baseball fans in Kansas City, there wasn’t a whole lot to cheer about during the 2018 season. A couple years removed from a campaign that ended in a championship, they had become a team with the second most losses in all of baseball. Their former core of Eric Hosmer, Lorenzo Cain, Mike Mou...

For baseball fans in Kansas City, there wasn’t a whole lot to cheer about during the 2018 season. A couple years removed from a campaign that ended in a championship, they had become a team with the second most losses in all of baseball. Their former core of Eric Hosmer, Lorenzo Cain, Mike Moustakas, and Wade Davis had all left via free agency or trade, so for much of the season, there was little single player performances to cheer for, at least compared to their back-to-back American League pennant clubs. Narrow it down to above-average play and the Royals still had little. Outside of Whit Merrifield, Salvador Perez, and Brad Keller...

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