Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Salvy, O'Brien go deep in spring debuts
By T.R. Sullivan and Jeffrey Flanagan
MLB.com |@FlannyMLB |
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Peter O'Brien, acquired from the D-backs in the offseason, hit a two-run homer in the top of the eighth inning to lift the Royals to a 7-5 victory over the Rangers on Saturday afternoon in the Cactus League opener for both teams.
O'Brien's home run came off of Anthony Bass, who is trying to win a job as a middle reliever. This marked the first of five games this spring between the teams that share the Surprise training facility. In his return to the Rangers, Mike Napoli produced an RBI single in the third.
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- There is always a pivotal time after ACL surgery when the player finally realizes he can trust his knee again.
That moment for Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas arrived last September as he was taking some grounders before a game at Kauffman Stadium. The infield practice came roughly four months after his procedure, and Moustakas was simply breaking up the boredom of rehab.
Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
9 Oscar-nominated movies we wish were about baseball
By Gemma Kaneko |
It's always fun to speculate about which films will win Academy Awards, but today we're going to indulge in an entirely different set of speculations. What if we lived in an alternate universe where all of the nominated movies were baseball-themed? Sounds pretty great, right? Lucky for you, we've chosen some possible winners from that different and better reality.
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Hunter Dozier, the Royals' No. 2 prospect, according to MLBPipeline.com, was drafted as a shortstop, converted to third base, and most recently has been working in right and left field.
Now comes a new position for Dozier to tackle: First base.
That championship will resonate forever in Kansas City, but the team slipped to 81-81 last year and the current system lacks the reinforcements that will be needed after a likely free-agent exodus following the 2017 season. The Royals traded their best young arms (Brandon Finnegan, Sean Manaea, Cody Reed) to add Johnny Cueto and Ben Zobrist for the stretch drive in 2015, and they haven't drafted as well since they began picking lower in the first round and were hamstrung by bonus limitations.
PHOENIX -- Much has been made in the past year or so about the Royals' window of opportunity closing.
This is the last year the core of the Royals' 2015 World Series championship team is guaranteed to stay together. Kansas City has four potential big-name free-agents after the '17 season -- third baseman Mike Moustakas, first baseman Eric Hosmer, center fielder Lorenzo Cain and shortstop Alcides Escobar.
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Right-hander Peter Moylan had been hoping to land a Major League contract for 2017 after he posted a 3.43 ERA in 50 appearances for the Royals last season.
But as the months rolled by this offseason, no Major League offers came. And when Spring Training began last week, Moylan decided he wouldn't wait any longer. He finally decided to take a Minor League deal with Kansas City last Friday with an invite to camp.
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- That Royals' mandate to trim the payroll in 2017 started with the best of intentions.
But thanks to the sales jobs of general manager Dayton Moore and club president Dan Glass, the Royals' payroll for 2017 might exceed the 2016 payroll. And the team should again be in position to compete for another World Series title.
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Shortstop Alcides Escobar made a bold statement right out of the gate Saturday as rain cut short the Royals' workout: He believes he can hit double-digit home runs after hitting a career-high seven homers in 2016.
"Oh, yeah. I think I can hit 10-15 homers," said Escobar, who arrived in camp Friday.
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The Royals agreed to a Minor League deal with right-hander Peter Moylan, the club confirmed Friday. A source told MLB.com that Moylan will earn $1 million if he makes the Royals' 25-man roster. The club has not confirmed the value of the deal.
"We're very happy to have him back," manager Ned Yost said. "He is a guy who was very productive for us last year. I think he had 15 appearances in August alone last year.