Texas native Finnegan receives award from Rangers

Reliever named Texas Professional Baseball Player of the Year

Texas native Finnegan receives award from Rangers

DALLAS -- Royals pitcher Brandon Finnegan received a major award on Friday night from the team that originally drafted him.

No, it was not from the Royals. Finnegan was honored by the Rangers as the Texas Professional Baseball Player of the Year at their awards dinner on Friday night.

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T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Top prospect Mondesi among Royals' NRIs

Top prospect Mondesi among Royals' NRIs

The Royals have invited 23 non-roster players to Major League Spring Training, including 10 pitchers, three catchers, seven infielders and three outfielders.

Among the 23 non-roster invitees are 15 players who were in the Royals organization last year. That includes 11 former Draft picks: Left-handers Scott Alexander, Buddy Baumann, Chris Dwyer and Sean Manaea; right-hander Christian Binford; catchers Cam Gallagher and Parker Morin; infielders Hunter Dozier and Whit Merrifield; and outfielders Brett Eibner and Bubba Starling.

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Joey Nowak is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joeynowak. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Negro Leagues Museum fondly remembers Mr. Cub

Negro Leagues Museum fondly remembers Mr. Cub

Bob Kendrick received a phone call a few months ago during the baseball season, and when he heard the voice on the other line, he couldn't help but smile.

It belonged to Ernie Banks, calling to check in with the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, as he would from time to time.

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Chad Thornburg is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Moustakas' wild ALCS catch gets tribute it deserves

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Moustakas' wild ALCS catch gets tribute it deserves

It was the top of the sixth inning in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series. Adam Jones hit a high pop up into foul territory by third base. Mike Moustakas chased the soaring ball over to the stands and didn't think twice: He stretched out over the railing, flipped over and landed in the laps of the fans on the other side. Oh, and he made the catch.

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Moore: 'Doubtful' that KC will re-sign Shields

Royals GM points to Volquez addition as solidifying rotation heading into spring

Moore: 'Doubtful' that KC will re-sign Shields

Royals general manager Dayton Moore says the idea of re-signing free-agent starting pitcher James Shields has crossed his mind, but "at this point in time, it's doubtful."

Moore was on MLB Network Radio's Power Alley with Mike Ferrin And Jim Duquette, and touched on the issue of the Royals' starting rotation -- sans Shields -- heading into Spring Training.

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Joey Nowak is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joeynowak. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Manaea, Finnegan on MLB Pipeline's Top 10 LHP Prospects list

Dodgers' 18-year-old Urias leads list, followed by White Sox's Rodon, Jays' Norris

Manaea, Finnegan on MLB Pipeline's Top 10 LHP Prospects list

MLBPipeline.com's 2015 Top 100 Prospects list will be unveiled on Friday, Jan. 30, on MLB.com, with the Top 50 revealed during a one-hour show on MLB Network at 9 p.m. ET. Leading up to that, MLBPipeline.com takes a look at baseball's Top 10 prospects at each position.

Though all of the left-handers who ranked on last year's preseason Top 10 are still eligible to be considered for inclusion this year, there are still several new faces on this list. Julio Urias, Henry Owens and Andrew Heaney are the holdovers, albeit with their order reversed from last year.

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Teddy Cahill is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @tedcahill. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Can Royals' bullpen be even better in 2015?

Trio of Herrera, Davis, Holland keyed club's run to AL pennant in '14

Can Royals' bullpen be even better in 2015?

Relief pitching is one of the more unpredictable facets of an already-confounding game, but there are a few things one can feel relatively confident in proclaiming when it comes to the work of the Royals' bullpen during the 2014 season.

1. It was one of the major reasons the Royals went on a historic October tear, winning their first eight postseason contests en route to reaching Game 7 of the World Series. The late-innings triumvirate of setup men Kelvin Herrera and Wade Davis and closer Greg Holland became a three-headed beast that allowed manager Ned Yost to feel comfortable with a mere five or six competitive innings out of his starters each October night.

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Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @DougMillerMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Royals come to terms with Coleman, Collins

Seven Kansas City players remain eligible for arbitration

Royals come to terms with Coleman, Collins

The Royals agreed to one-year contracts with right-hander Louis Coleman and left-hander Tim Collins on Friday to avoid arbitration.

Coleman will earn $1.475 million for 2015, while Collins will make $725,000.

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Cash Kruth is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @cashkruth. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Tracy Ringolsby

Relationships more important to Yost than extension

Royals skipper has built strong ties with GM Moore, owner Glass

Relationships more important to Yost than extension

In the midst of the 1989 baseball season, the Texas Rangers announced a contract extension for their manager at the time, Bobby Valentine.

Big deal? Not to Valentine, it wasn't.

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Tracy Ringolsby is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Royals to host annual 'School Day at the K'

The Royals will host their 17th annual "School Day at the K" on May 7 before the team's 1:10 p.m. CT game against the Indians. The club expects to have about 20,000 students and educators at the ballpark.

The annual event, hosted with FOX 4 WDAF-TV, is the largest educational field trip in Kansas City and the Guinness World Records' Largest Weather Show.

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Joey Nowak is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joeynowak. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Mike Bauman

Yost earned Royals' faith by believing in team

Yost earned Royals' faith by believing in team

Early in the 2014 season, the Kansas City Royals were slumping at the plate and critics were calling for the dismissal of manager Ned Yost.

But Yost was, typically, displaying confidence in and patience with the talented young core of players around which the Royals had been built. That confidence and that patience were eventually rewarded, as Kansas City broke a 29-year postseason drought and won the American League pennant.

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Mike Bauman is a national columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Royals extend Yost's contract through 2016

Manager led club to first postseason appearance in 29 years, AL title

Royals extend Yost's contract through 2016

On the day that Ned Yost's new one-year extension as manager of the Kansas City Royals became official, the skipper was right where he wanted to be.

Literally. Yost spoke to media members on a conference call while hunting near his Georgia home.

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Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @DougMillerMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Jim Callis

Pipeline Perspectives: Manaea has stuff to be K king

Royals prospect is good bet to lead Minor Leagues in strikeouts in 2015

Pipeline Perspectives: Manaea has stuff to be K king

There's a good amount of subjectivity regarding baseball prospects. With the evaluation of talent being in the eye of the beholder, finding consensus is often difficult. Even Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo of MLBPipeline.com don't always see eye to eye. They discuss their viewpoints regularly in a feature called Pipeline Perspectives. Submit a topic for them to debate.

In the last four years, the winners of the Minor League strikeout crown haven't exactly been top prospects. Edward Cabrera (Rockies), Dan Straily (Athletics), Danny Winkler (Rockies) and Taylor Cole (Blue Jays) weren't early Draft picks or big-ticket international signings, and their ability to miss bats didn't boost their status.

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Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com and writes a blog, Callis' Corner. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Madson excited for comeback opportunity with Royals

Reliever determined to prove he can still pitch in Majors after missing three seasons

Madson excited for comeback opportunity with Royals

Ryan Madson is talking 95 mph about a fastball that's back up to 93. He's explaining how much fun it is to not have to explain anything at all.

The 34-year-old reliever, recently signed to a Minor League deal by the Royals, sets the first scene in early February 2014. Madson, who starred in the setup role for the World Series champion Phillies in 2008 and assumed their closer role three years later, hadn't pitched in a Major League game since a breakout 32-save 2011 season because of Tommy John elbow surgery and its aftermath of pain that wouldn't go away. But here he was on a shiny desert ballfield, knowing he'd finally gotten it back.

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Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @DougMillerMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cain, Davis, Ventura receive Royals' team awards

Cain, Davis, Ventura receive Royals' team awards

Outfielder Lorenzo Cain, reliever Wade Davis and starter Yordano Ventura have been honored with the Royals' team awards as voted on by the Kansas City chapter of the BBWAA.

Cain was the Les Milgram Player of the Year Award recipient, while Davis took home the Bruce Rice Pitcher of the Year honor and Ventura earned the Joe Burke Special Achievement Award. All three were first-time winners of the respective honors.

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Joey Nowak is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joeynowak. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Voting open for Royals Hall of Fame's Class of 2015

Voting open for Royals Hall of Fame's Class of 2015

Voting is open for the Royals Hall of Fame Class of 2015, with fans able to cast their online vote through Jan. 16.

This year's eligible players include right-hander Brian Bannister (2007-10), shortstop Angel Berroa (2001-07), outfielder Al Cowens (1974-79), right-hander Al Fitzmorris (1969-76), outfielder Bo Jackson (1986-90), right-hander Gil Meche (2007-10), catcher Darrell Porter (1977-80), third baseman Kevin Seitzer (1986-91), first baseman Mike Sweeney (1996-07) and catcher/outfielder/first baseman John Wathan (1976-85).

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Cash Kruth is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @cashkruth. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Minor League coaching staffs, coordinators announced

Minor League coaching staffs, coordinators announced

The Royals announced their Minor League coaching staff and coordinators Friday, with several new faces joining the organization and others continuing successful runs.

Chino Cadahia, the Royals' bench coach the past two seasons, has been named senior coordinator of player development, while Bill Springman joins the Royals as advisor to player development/hitting after 14 seasons with the Twins.

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Cash Kruth is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @cashkruth. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Royals exec Taylor winding down impactful career

Royals exec Taylor winding down impactful career

Dean Taylor's been just about everywhere on the hardball map.

There was New Westminster of the Northwest League in 1974, Boise in 1975, a stint serving his country in the military and three years in Eugene in his home state of Oregon.

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Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @DougMillerMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Royals make front office changes after Taylor retires

Picollo, Francisco promoted to vice president/assistant general manager

Royals make front office changes after Taylor retires

The Royals restructured their baseball operations department on Monday following the retirement of vice president and assistant general manager Dean Taylor.

Kansas City promoted J.J. Picollo and Rene Francisco to vice president/assistant general manager. Picollo will continue to oversee player personnel, while Francisco's new title includes the club's Major League and international operations.

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Adam Berry is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @adamdberry. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Guthrie might be living in the future

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Guthrie might be living in the future

On Wednesday, Nike announced that Nike MAGs, the iconic self-lacing shoes from Back to the Future II, would be released sometime in the remaining "11 and two-thirds months left in 2015." Well, it appears that Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie is living in that not-so-distant future.

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Spring workout dates announced for all clubs

Spring workout dates announced for all clubs

Spring is officially on the horizon.

Major League Baseball announced the first Spring Training workout dates for all 30 of its clubs on Thursday. Pitchers and catchers for the reigning World Series champion Giants -- along with the Phillies, Pirates and Reds -- will be the first to work out, with a Feb. 19 start date. Thirteen other clubs will work out pitchers and catchers for the first time the following day.

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AJ Cassavell is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Royals sign Madson to Minor League deal

Right-handed reliever last pitched in the Majors during 2011 season

Royals sign Madson to Minor League deal

The Royals have signed reliever Ryan Madson to a Minor League contract, the club announced on Sunday.

Madson, 34, hasn't pitched in the Majors since the 2011 season because of elbow injuries, but he saved 32 games for the Phillies that year. He signed with the Reds for $6 million before the 2012 season and with the Angels for $3.25 million before the '13 season but did not appear in a game for either team. Madson's only game action in that time was one outing for the Angels' Class A Advanced team in 2013, a scoreless inning to record a save.

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Joey Nowak is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joeynowak. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Manfred, Yost speak to game's future at coaches convention

Manfred, Yost speak to game's future at coaches convention

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Major League Baseball Commissioner-elect Rob Manfred and Royals manager Ned Yost each received the American Baseball Coaches Association's Honor Award during a luncheon at the ABCA Convention on Sunday afternoon.

Standing behind a podium in a ballroom at the Marriott World Center, Manfred and Yost accepted their awards and addressed the crowd of about 300 people. Yost recalled his journey from being a backup catcher to managing in last year's World Series and the people who helped him get there, while Manfred discussed the need to get more people participating in baseball.

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Adam Berry is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @adamdberry. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Royals captivate KC with rollicking World Series run

Yost's bunch reels off eight straight postseason wins in one of 2014's top feel-good stories

Royals captivate KC with rollicking World Series run

The Kansas City Royals did so much in 2014.

They reminded us of the importance of teamwork, showed us the value of defense and displayed to the baseball world the game-altering potential of a bullpen.

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Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @DougMillerMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Royals aiming to top magical 2014 run

Club has its sights on finishing first in AL Central, returning to Fall Classic

Royals aiming to top magical 2014 run

The Royals were 90 feet away from tying Game 7 of the World Series, so there's a lot going on with the Kansas City ballclub that's in pretty good shape entering 2015.

Then again, the Royals won 89 games in the regular season, finished second in the American League Central and were a few innings away from not even making it out of the AL Wild Card Game. So, like every other team, they're not perfect.

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Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @DougMillerMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Gordon undergoes right wrist surgery

Royals left fielder expected to be ready for Opening Day

Gordon undergoes right wrist surgery

Royals left fielder Alex Gordon underwent successful surgery on Tuesday morning to repair the extensor retinaculum in his right wrist.

Gordon had been dealing with right wrist irritation since prior to the 2014 All-Star break, although he did not miss any significant time. During winter training sessions he further aggravated the area, which led to the diagnosis and subsequent repair by hand and wrist specialist Dr. Bruce Toby at the University of Kansas Hospital.

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Jamal Collier is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Guthrie catches Timberlake in Las Vegas

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Guthrie catches Timberlake in Las Vegas

Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie has had a busy New Years. Not only was he repping for his hometown Oregon Ducks as they defeated Florida State, earning them a spot in the National Championship Game for college football, but he also found time to stop by Las Vegas and take in some of the sights and sounds.

Specifically, the dulcet tones of Mr. Justin Timberlake:

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Royals finalize 2-year deal with Volquez

Right-hander went 13-7 with Pirates in 2014

Royals finalize 2-year deal with Volquez

In between Christmas and New Year's Day, the busy Royals found time to make another winter move official.

Kansas City finished off a wildly active holidays by introducing their latest free-agent acquisition, right-hander Edinson Volquez, during a press conference on Monday at Kauffman Stadium. Volquez had agreed to a two-year, $20 million contract amid the flurry of moves made by the club in the week following the Winter Meetings in San Diego earlier this month.

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Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @DougMillerMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Aikens reunited with stolen ring after 33 years

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Aikens reunited with stolen ring after 33 years

Named after one of the greatest players in baseball history, first baseman Willie Mays Aikens hit 110 home runs with an .809 OPS across an eight-year career. 

In 1980, Aikens was a big part of the AL champion Royals' run to the World Series. Aikens was second on the team with 20 homers and 98 RBIs -- to George Brett. Though the Royals lost to the Phillies in the World Series, Aikens did all he could, hitting .400 with four home runs with eight RBIs.

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Streak to AL pennant defined 2014 for Royals

Shut-down relief, dazzling defense and timely hitting brought World Series back to KC

Streak to AL pennant defined 2014 for Royals

What can be said about the 2014 Kansas City Royals that can even attempt to put into words what America saw throughout October? Ned Yost's plucky bunch emerged as a tight-knit, rapidly improving baseball team with one common goal and one nasty bullpen arm after another.

They entered the year coming off a promising 2013 that saw them win 86 games. They had their ups and downs throughout 2014 and managed to sneak into the playoffs via the Wild Card after finishing second to the Tigers in the American League Central, putting playoff baseball on the Kauffman Stadium field for the first time since the 1985 team walked off that ballpark's then-artificial surface as World Series champions.

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Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @DougMillerMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.