Moore reiterates his commitment to Royals

KC general manager not interested in Atlanta GM vacancy

Moore reiterates his commitment to Royals

KANSAS CITY -- Royals general manager Dayton Moore held his end-of-the-season news conference Wednesday, and eventually the question of the open Braves general manager position surfaced, as one would expect.

And once again, just as he did two weeks ago, Moore reaffirmed his conviction to the Royals organization. He also said the Atlanta job had not been offered to him.

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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.

Sveum shifts from hitting coach to bench coach

Maier permanently named first-base coach

Sveum shifts from hitting coach to bench coach

KANSAS CITY -- The Royals began firming up their coaching staff for 2018 and hitting coach Dale Sveum will switch roles and become the bench coach, general manager Dayton Moore said Wednesday.

Moore also indicated that Mitch Maier, who took over as first-base coach late in the season because of Rusty Kuntz's eye issues, will become the permanent first-base coach.

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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.

Moore pleased by 'next wave' of KC prospects

GM visits Instructional League group that includes Pratto, Melendez, Matias

Moore pleased by 'next wave' of KC prospects

KANSAS CITY -- The Royals' 2017 regular season was over less than 24 hours when general manager Dayton Moore boarded a plane to Phoenix to check out his next wave of prospects in the Instructional League.

Moore saw players such as 2017 first-round pick Nick Pratto, a first baseman who is ranked No. 1 in the organization by MLBPipeline.com; '17 second-round pick M.J. Melendez, a catcher (No. 10); and outfielder Seuly Matias, a non-drafted free-agent signing ($2.5 million) in '15 out of the Dominican Republic (No. 4).

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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.

Royals to celebrate 50th anniversary with book

Royals to celebrate 50th anniversary with book

KANSAS CITY -- As the Royals gear up for their 50th season in 2018, the club has announced it will produce a special-edition coffee-table book to commemorate the anniversary.

The hardcover book called "Kansas City Royals: A Golden History," will be authored almost entirely by those in the Royals' organization. It will include essays by Hall of Famer George Brett on why as a southern California kid he decided to make Kansas City his year-round home, as well as vignettes from players such as Eric Hosmer.

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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.

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Jim Callis

Royals' Arizona Fall League overview

No. 11 prospect Lopez off to hot start in AFL after tough Double-A debut

Royals' Arizona Fall League overview

If Alcides Escobar departs as a free agent, the Royals will need a new shortstop for the first time in eight seasons. Nicky Lopez, their best middle-infield prospect, isn't ready. He also isn't too far away after reaching Double-A in his first full pro season.

To continue to expedite his development, Kansas City has sent Lopez to the Arizona Fall League. He's off to a fast start with the Surprise Saguaros, going 6-for-15 (.400) in his first four games.

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Inbox: Will Perez move to first and when?

Beat reporter Jeffrey Flanagan answers questions from fans

Inbox: Will Perez move to first and when?

KANSAS CITY -- Soon after the World Series ends, a busy and significant offseason begins for the Royals as their free agents will declare .

Royals general manager Dayton Moore and his staff have been strategizing about this offseason for months, though Moore told MLB.com last week that he won't know his budget for 2018 until sometime in November.

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Jim Callis

Recent draftees represent building blocks

Recent draftees represent building blocks

The Royals enjoyed a banner Draft in 2007, grabbing Mike Moustakas with the second overall choice, Danny Duffy in the third round and Greg Holland in the 10th. That trio matriculated to Kansas City by 2011 and helped the franchise win an American League pennant in 2014 and a World Series championship the following October.

Though they've made astute picks since then -- 2008 first-rounder Eric Hosmer, 2009 third-rounder Wil Myers, 2010 ninth-rounder Whit Merrifield, and 2013 supplemental first-rounder Sean Manaea -- the Royals haven't had as much success since they stopped picking toward the top of the Draft and bonus-pool rules restricted spending.

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Lopez leads Royals prospects in AFL rout

Lopez leads Royals prospects in AFL rout

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- A plethora of Royals' prospects led the way in the Arizona Fall League as Surprise topped Scottsdalem, 11-1, on Saturday night at Scottsdale Stadium.

Nicky Lopez and Nick Dini sparked the offense, combining to go 3-for-4 with three RBIs and a run scored, while Zach Lovvorn was lights out on the mound with four scoreless innings.

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Core workout: Free-agent decisions loom in KC

Hosmer seems most likely player to return to club

Core workout: Free-agent decisions loom in KC

KANSAS CITY -- This could be the most eventful and busy offseason Royals general manager Dayton Moore has had since taking the job in 2006.

The Royals will have to make numerous decisions on pending free agents, including first baseman Eric Hosmer, third baseman Mike Moustakas, shortstop Alcides Escobar, center fielder Lorenzo Cain, right fielder Melky Cabrera, and pitchers Jason Vargas, Peter Moylan and Trevor Cahill.

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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.

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Jim Callis

3 teens at instructs may be worthy successors

3 teens at instructs may be worthy successors

The Royals face the very real possibility of losing Lorenzo Cain, Alcides Escobar, Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas to free agency this offseason. The four All-Stars all arrived in Kansas City in 2011 and teamed together for a World Series championship, two American League pennants and four straight winning seasons, the franchise's best stretch in more than three decades.

While the Royals won't have immediate replacements ready to fill all of those potential holes, they do have some promising position players in their pipeline. Arguably their three best prospects -- first baseman Nick Pratto and outfielders Khalil Lee and Seuly Matias -- are taking part in Kansas City's instructional league program in Surprise, Ariz.

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Royals cut ties with Eiland, Wakamatsu

Royals cut ties with Eiland, Wakamatsu

KANSAS CITY -- The winds of change for the Royals started on Monday as the team announced it was cutting ties with pitching coach Dave Eiland and bench coach Don Wakamatsu.

The Royals are anticipating the departure of some of their pending free-agents -- Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Alcides Escobar, Lorenzo Cain, Jason Vargas, Melky Cabrera and Mike Minor -- and are beginning the transition to a new era, most likely with younger players.

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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.

Rivera, Griffin named Prospects of the Year

Rivera, Griffin named Prospects of the Year

KANSAS CITY -- Third baseman Emmanuel Rivera and left-hander Foster Griffin have been selected as MLB Pipeline's Hitting and Pitching Prospects of the year for 2017.

Rivera, 21, was a 19th-round pick in the Draft in 2015 out of the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico.

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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.

Milestone, slam, robbery lead '17 highlight reel

Royals make respectable run in final season for core group

Milestone, slam, robbery lead '17 highlight reel

KANSAS CITY -- After coming off two deep postseason runs to the World Series in 2014 and '15, an exhausting and injury-plagued 2016 season was almost to be expected.

But the Royals showed up in Spring Training in 2017 eager and ready to make one final run with their core group -- several of whom are about to be free agents -- toward another championship.

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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.

Royals 'core four' takes one final bow

Impending free agents depart Sunday's game together

Royals 'core four' takes one final bow

KANSAS CITY -- Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas, the two faces of the Royals' resurgence to relevancy, seemingly held it together for most of the day.

But in what could be their final moments together on the same Royals team, they both wept after the reguar-season finale Sunday at Kauffman Stadium, a 14-2 loss to the D-backs, when a video montage was displayed on the stadium scoreboard. The video recaptured the special moments of a journey that included two World Series appearances and a World Series championship.

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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.

Vargas falls short in bid for victory No. 19

Vargas falls short in bid for victory No. 19

KANSAS CITY -- It was perhaps the end of an era for one team, and the beginning of one for the other.

As the Royals played their final game of 2017 and saluted their impending free agents, the D-backs pulled most of their starters early as they prepare for Wednesday's National League Wild Card Game against the Rockies.

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Final day of featured two standoffs

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Final day of featured two standoffs

With the regular season ending on Sunday, some players just couldn't bear the thought of leaving the field. So, after the anthem ended and before the game began, both the D-backs-Royals game and Brewers-Cardinals game featured some epic standoffs.

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Jonathan Mayo

Draft order set; Royals pick 18th

Giants, Phillies, White Sox and Reds follow Detroit in top five

Draft order set; Royals pick 18th

Both the San Francisco Giants and Detroit Tigers had designs on the postseason in 2017. For a variety of reasons, things didn't work out as planned. The consolation prize? Getting to pick at the top of the 2018 Draft.

It came down to the final day of the season and both teams finished tied with 64-98 records. By virtue of the Tigers' .534 winning percentage in 2016 (the Giants finished that season at .537), they get the first pick. Detroit has had the No. 1 pick just once before, taking Matt Anderson in 1997.

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Bonifacio's three-run homer stings D-backs

Bonifacio's three-run homer stings D-backs

KANSAS CITY -- Rookie Jorge Bonifacio smashed a three-run home run and rookie right-hander Jakob Junis tossed six strong innings as the Royals held on for a 4-3 win over the D-backs on Saturday night at Kauffman Stadium.

Junis gained his ninth victory, most by a rookie in the American League, by allowing five hits and two runs while walking two and striking out five. Left-hander Mike Minor worked around a leadoff double in the ninth to earn his sixth save and secure a series win.

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Junis delivers with AL rookie-leading 9th win

Royals right-hander logs 6 strong innings against D-backs

Junis delivers with AL rookie-leading 9th win

KANSAS CITY -- In a tough final two months of the season for the Royals, they did find a potential starter for their rotation in 2018 in rookie right-hander Jakob Junis.

Junis made his final start of the season an impressive one, throwing six innings against the D-backs and giving up five hits and two runs in a 4-3 win on Saturday night at Kauffman Stadium. He struck out five.

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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.

Royals honor Moose for franchise HR mark

Royals honor Moose for franchise HR mark

KANSAS CITY -- Prior to Saturday night's game against the D-backs, the Royals honored third baseman Mike Moustakas for his single-season franchise home run record (38).

General manager Dayton Moore, manager Ned Yost, first baseman Eric Hosmer and left-hander Jason Vargas participated in the presentation of a trophy and flowers. Moustakas' wife, Stephanie, and their young daughter, Mila, also were there.

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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.

Duffy set for procedure to clean up left elbow

Duffy set for procedure to clean up left elbow

KANSAS CITY -- Royals left-hander Danny Duffy will undergo a procedure in Kansas City on Tuesday to remove "loose bodies" in the back of his elbow, manager Ned Yost said.

Duffy had mentioned almost three weeks ago that there was an issue in the elbow area that was causing pain and inflammation.

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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.

Whit's 19th HR powers Royals past D-backs

Whit's 19th HR powers Royals past D-backs

KANSAS CITY -- Whit Merrifield hit the go-ahead home run and the Royals' bullpen tossed four scoreless innings in a 2-1 win over the D-backs on Friday night at Kauffman Stadium.

Royals right-hander Ian Kennedy had his best outing since July 26, when he held the Tigers to one run over six innings. This time, Kennedy held the D-backs to four hits and one run over five innings while striking out seven. That was enough to end his club-record home winless streak at 18 games.

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Kennedy delivers, snaps home winless skid

Royals right-hander racks up 7 strikeouts to beat D-backs

Kennedy delivers, snaps home winless skid

KANSAS CITY -- Royals right-hander Ian Kennedy came oh-so-close to not even starting Friday night's series opener against the D-backs at Kaufmann Stadium.

Manager Ned Yost believed that with all of Kennedy's injury issues this season, there wasn't much point in pushing Kennedy through a final start of the season. But Kennedy convinced Yost to give him the start. And Kennedy responded with his best start since July 26 by holding the D-backs to four hits and one run through five innings in a 2-1 win. He struck out seven.

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Pratto enjoys first season as pro with Royals

No. 1 prospect on hand to receive his Minor League award

Pratto enjoys first season as pro with Royals

KANSAS CITY -- First baseman Nick Pratto, the Royals' first-round pick (14th overall) in the 2017 MLB Draft, was at Kauffman Stadium before Friday's game against the D-backs along with all the other Minor Leaguers the club recently honored.

Pratto, 18, ranked as the club's No. 1 prospect by MLBPipeline.com, was chosen as the Royals' player of the year at Rookie League Surprise (Ariz.), where he hit .247 with 22 extra-base hits and 34 RBIs in 52 games.

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Paulo stays hot, but Royals can't slow Tigers

Paulo stays hot, but Royals can't slow Tigers

KANSAS CITY -- Nicholas Castellanos delivered a three-run double and the beleaguered Tigers bullpen tossed four innings of one-run ball in a 4-1 win over the Royals on Thursday night at Kauffman Stadium.

Tigers left-hander Daniel Norris went five innings for the win and pitched to contact, giving up two hits while walking none and striking out one to help snap the club's nine-game losing skid. Manager Brad Ausmus and head athletic trainer Kevin Rand visited Norris on the mound in the fourth inning, but he stayed in the game.

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Orlando potential CF option for Royals in '18

Orlando potential CF option for Royals in '18

KANSAS CITY -- The decision on who will play center field for the Royals next season is still perhaps months away.

The club first must sort through its financial options for 2018 and determine which free agents it will be able to re-sign, including present center fielder Lorenzo Cain.

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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.

Minor emerges as candidate for closer's role

Lefty a pleasant surprise after being called upon lately in ninth inning

Minor emerges as candidate for closer's role

KANSAS CITY -- Among the bright spots amid a disappointing 2017 season for the Royals are the emergence of second baseman Whit Merrifield, right fielder Jorge Bonifacio and right-handed starter Jakob Junis.

And you can add left-hander Mike Minor's emergence as a potential closer to that list.

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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.

Orlando's first homer of '17 lifts KC over Tigers

Orlando's first homer of '17 lifts KC over Tigers

KANSAS CITY -- Paulo Orlando drilled a two-run homer off Tigers reliever Drew VerHagen and the Royals rallied for a 7-4 victory at Kauffman Stadium on Wednesday night.

Shortstop Alcides Escobar had tripled with one out in the seventh, and with two outs, Orlando blasted a shot that nearly hit the Royals Hall of Fame building in left, traveling a Statcast-projected 412 feet. Escobar also had a two-run double in the eighth.

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Royals proud of run, despite being eliminated

With stars becoming free agents, future is uncertain for club

Royals proud of run, despite being eliminated

KANSAS CITY -- Word began to trickle inside the Royals clubhouse on Tuesday night, moments after they beat Detroit, 2-1, that the Twins also had won, thus eliminating the Royals from postseason contention.

But the mood remained upbeat as the players preferred to discuss their accomplishments, which included two World Series appearances and a World Series title in 2015, rather than this season's shortcoming.

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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.