Trio turns down qualifying offers from Royals

Hosmer, Moustakas, Cain now free to sign elsewhere

Trio turns down qualifying offers from Royals

The free-agent trio of Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas and Lorenzo Cain did not accept qualifying offers from the Royals, leaving them free to sign with any team they choose. It does not, however, rule out a return to the Royals.

What it means for the Royals is a compensation pick in next year's Draft for each player who signs with another club. Where that pick falls in the Draft order depends on size of the contract, according to the new system established under the collective bargaining agreement.

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Kennedy happy to serve Royals' community

Right-hander teams with City Union Mission to feed homeless

Kennedy happy to serve Royals' community

KANSAS CITY -- Two years ago, right-hander Ian Kennedy had signed a five-year deal with the Royals and also vowed to make Kansas City his home.

Kennedy has done that, but not solely by setting up roots here. He has done so by becoming actively involved in the community as well.

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Royals get Competitive Balance pick in '18 Draft

Royals get Competitive Balance pick in '18 Draft

With the conclusion of the 2017 regular season, the preliminary order for the 2018 Draft took some shape, thanks to the reverse order of the standings. The Tigers and Giants finished tied with the worst record in the Major Leagues last season, but Detroit was awarded the No. 1 pick in the 2018 Draft by virtue of having a lower winning percentage in 2016.

After the Tigers and Giants, the next eight picks go to the Phillies, White Sox, Reds, Mets, Padres, Braves, A's and Pirates. Those 10 picks are protected and therefore cannot change.

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Royals interested in Minor as starter or reliever

Royals interested in Minor as starter or reliever

While much of the rumor mill regarding Royals free agents has focused on Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas and Lorenzo Cain, there's another name the Royals have expressed interest in signing back: left-hander Mike Minor.

Minor excelled in the closer's role after Kelvin Herrera lost that job late in the season. Minor went 6-for-6 in save opportunities in September, displaying a 95-97 mph fastball and a devastating cutter. He finished the season with a 2.55 ERA.

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Wilson's 'backup' experience a boon to Royals

New bullpen coach quickly rose up coaching ranks in KC system

Wilson's 'backup' experience a boon to Royals

KANSAS CITY -- Not many backup catchers in the history of baseball can say they played behind not one but two Hall of Famers.

New Royals bullpen coach Vance Wilson can make that claim. Wilson played parts of eight seasons in the big leagues, serving behind Mets catcher Mike Piazza and Tigers catcher Ivan Rodriguez.

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Lopez named AFL Player of the Week

Lopez named AFL Player of the Week

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Plate discipline has long been Nicky Lopez's strength. On Tuesday, he was rewarded for it.

The Royals' No. 11 prospect and Surprise infielder was named Arizona Fall League Player of the Week after batting .412 in four games with two home runs, six RBIs, four runs and a stolen base. He showcased his skills in a nationally televised game on MLB Network Saturday by hitting a go-ahead grand slam.

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Moore excited to turn focus on KC's offseason

Royals GM was rumored for Braves' front-office vacancy

Moore excited to turn focus on KC's offseason

About a week ago, a reporter kidded Royals general manager Dayton Moore that his life must be calming down, given that it had been over a week since the latest rumor about him becoming the Braves' new general manager had surfaced.

"It's nice just to focus on my job again," Moore said then.

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Yost lucky to be alive after fall from tree

Royals skipper's life saved by having cell phone, quick work by medical staff

Yost lucky to be alive after fall from tree

Royals manager Ned Yost said he doesn't remember what part of his body hit the ground first from his 20-foot fall from a tree stand on his property outside Atlanta.

"It could have been my feet or it could have been my pelvis," Yost said by phone on Monday morning.

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Beltran retires a champ after 20-year career

9-time All-Star wants to spend more time with family, manage some day

Beltran retires a champ after 20-year career

Carlos Beltran's last official act as a Major League player was hoisting the World Series trophy for the first time in his career.

And although the 40-year-old is riding off into the sunset as a champion, the Astros' championship was not a factor in his decision to walk away from the game he loves.

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Royals will look to re-sign Hosmer, Moustakas

Report indicates KC wants infield duo back, not optimistic about keeping Cain

Royals will look to re-sign Hosmer, Moustakas

The Royals are trying to re-sign Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas, two of their big three free agents, according to a report from MLB Network Insider Jon Heyman on Sunday. But according to the report, they "appear to have all but given up hope" that they'll be able to keep the third, Lorenzo Cain, in Kansas City.

Hosmer, Moustakas and Cain -- core members of the Royals teams that won the American League pennant in 2014 and the World Series in '15 -- all received qualifying offers from the Royals last week. According to Heyman, reject the one-year, $17.4 million deal for 2018, but by the Royals having extended the offer, it means they'll get Draft-pick compensation should any of the three sign elsewhere.

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Gordon earns Defensive Award for left fielders

Gordon earns Defensive Award for left fielders

KANSAS CITY -- Royals left fielder Alex Gordon has one more trophy for his mantel.

Gordon received the 2017 Wilson Defensive Award for left fielders on Friday night as announced on MLB Network.

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Hosmer adds Silver Slugger Award to honors

Hosmer adds Silver Slugger Award to honors

KANSAS CITY -- First baseman Eric Hosmer just continues to stack up his free-agent resume.

Hosmer, whom the Royals are targeting to re-sign this offseason, captured the American League Silver Slugger Award presented by Louisville Slugger on Thursday as announced on MLB Network. The award, which goes to the best offensive player at each position in each league, is voted on by coaches and managers.

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Moose's comeback year honored by peers

Royals third baseman wins Players Choice award

Moose's comeback year honored by peers

KANSAS CITY -- The Players Choice Awards confirmed what every Royals fan knew in 2017: Third baseman Mike Moustakas had a monster comeback season.

Moustakas was voted by his peers as the Players Choice Comeback Player of the Year on Wednesday night on MLB Network.

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Yost breaks pelvis in fall, expected to be OK

Yost breaks pelvis in fall, expected to be OK

KANSAS CITY -- Royals manager Ned Yost sustained a broken pelvis after a fall on his property near Atlanta, a club official said on Wednesday.

Yost evidently was working on a tree stand before he fell.

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Gordon, Hosmer win Gold Glove Awards

Gordon, Hosmer win Gold Glove Awards

KANSAS CITY -- Royals left fielder Alex Gordon and first baseman Eric Hosmer brought home the gold again.

And 2017 teammates Salvador Perez (catcher) and Lorenzo Cain (center fielder) came up just short.

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KC extends QOs to Hosmer, Moose, Cain

KC extends QOs to Hosmer, Moose, Cain

KANSAS CITY -- The Royals on Monday extended qualifying offers of $17.4 million each to first baseman Eric Hosmer, third baseman Mike Moustakas and center fielder Lorenzo Cain.

Each player has 10 days to accept or decline the offer, during which time they can negotiate with other teams.

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Royals finalize 2018 coaching staff

KANSAS CITY -- The Royals on Tuesday promoted from within to fill their coaching vacancies, moving Minor League hitting coordinator Terry Bradshaw to hitting coach and assistant to the general manager Cal Eldred to pitching coach.

Also, Double-A Northwest Arkansas manager Vance Wilson will take over as bullpen coach, and Pedro Grifol will continue to serve as catching coach while also stepping in as the newly created quality control coach, which will serve as a liaison between the front office and the coaching staff.

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Lopez continues to rake in Fall League

Lopez continues to rake in Fall League

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Nicky Lopez has made a name for himself in this year's Arizona Fall League with his pure hitting ability. On Tuesday afternoon, however, it was the shortstop's power which stood out most as he helped lead Surprise to a 6-1 win over Glendale at Camelback Ranch.

Lopez, Kansas City's No. 11 prospect, belted the third pitch he saw from Glendale starting pitcher Andrew Sopko over the wall in right field for a leadoff home run, his first homer in the Fall League.

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Royals' core group heads for free agency

Club's finances will dictate who it will try to bring back

Royals' core group heads for free agency

KANSAS CITY -- It's go time for the Royals now.

The club has been awaiting and planning for the moment a large number of their core group hits free agency, and that moment has arrived.

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Kennedy stays with Royals after not opting out

Kennedy stays with Royals after not opting out

Right-hander Ian Kennedy will not opt out of the final three years and $49 million of his contract with the Royals.

Kennedy, who turns 33 in December, went 5-13 with a 5.38 ERA for Kansas City in 2017. The season prior to that -- his first with the Royals -- he was 11-11 with a 3.68 ERA.

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3 questions facing Royals this offseason

3 questions facing Royals this offseason

KANSAS CITY -- With the World Series over, a critical offseason now begins for the Royals as they ponder a slight rebuild, a medium-sized rebuild or a major makeover.

Kansas City has nine free agents, as general manager Dayton Moore begins to plot a course for the future of a team that made back-to-back World Series appearances in 2014-15 and won it all in '15.

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Source: Minor declines mutual option for 2018

Source: Minor declines mutual option for 2018

KANSAS CITY -- Royals left-hander Mike Minor has declined a $10 million mutual option, a source told MLB.com, thus making him a free agent.

The move is not a surprise. Under the present regime, Kansas City has yet to exercise a mutual option with a player -- mutual options are more of an accounting strategy to increase the value of a contract while keeping annual payrolls in check.

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Fall Stars wrap: How top prospects performed

Fall Stars wrap: How top prospects performed

Below is a recap of each player's performance from the 12th edition of the Arizona Fall League's Fall Stars Game at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale, a 4-2 win for the East division.

Among the highly regarded players in this year's exhibition were 10 players on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list.

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Royals' Zimmer has sutures removed

Former top prospect expected to resume throwing by end of year

Royals' Zimmer has sutures removed

KANSAS CITY -- The Royals remain hopeful that right-hander Kyle Zimmer, once their top prospect, can rebound from numerous injuries and contribute soon in the big leagues.

Of course, Royals fans have heard this song before. Zimmer, 26, was the Royals' first-round Draft pick in 2012, but he has rarely been healthy enough to pitch for a full season. In the middle of the '16 season, he underwent thoracic outlet syndrome surgery, which seemed to alleviate the discomfort and numbness on his right side.

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Hard-throwing Lenik an arm to watch in '18

Hard-throwing Lenik an arm to watch in '18

KANSAS CITY -- One prospect Royals fans may want to keep an eye on next Spring Training is right-hander Kevin Lenik, who could be one of the more intriguing bullpen candidates for the 2018 season.

The Royals signed Lenik out of the independent Frontier League (where they found Balbino Fuenmayor) last June, and the 26-year-old shot through the low Minors all the way to Triple-A Omaha in less than two months. Lenik, a 6-foot-5 right-hander, posted a 1.88 ERA in 12 relief outings for the Storm Chasers, striking out 24 batters in 24 innings.

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Dini, Lopez combine to fuel Saguaros' win

Dini, Lopez combine to fuel Saguaros' win

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Roommates. Teammates. And dominating players.

The Surprise Saguaros took care of business on the road Monday as they beat the Peoria Javelinas, 6-3, in Arizona Fall League action. Surprise's win was fueled by the solid play of two Royals players: catcher Nick Dini and shortstop Nicky Lopez, the organization's No. 11-ranked prospect. The pair combined for five of the Saguaro's 11 hits, two of their six runs and two of their five RBIs.

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Source: Braves denied from interviewing Moore

Source: Braves denied from interviewing Moore

KANSAS CITY -- Rumors continue to persist about the Atlanta Braves' interest in Royals general manager Dayton Moore as a possible candidate for their general manager opening or another front-office position.

However, a source told MLB.com on Friday that Kansas City denied permission for Atlanta to interview Moore.

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Lopez's 'mature approach' impressing Royals

Kansas City's No. 11 prospect rising quickly through Minor League system

Lopez's 'mature approach' impressing Royals

KANSAS CITY -- While all eyes have been on Raul Mondesi the past few years as the Royals' potential shortstop of the future, the Royals also have a rising prospect at the position that continues to impress the team's Minor League staff: Nicky Lopez.

Lopez, 22, was a fifth-round pick out of Creighton in 2016, and he has risen through the system quickly. In just his second season as a professional, Lopez was promoted to Class A Advanced Wilmington, then to Double-A Northwest Arkansas in '17.

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Moore, staff examining KC's late-season slide

Postseason hopes dashed after club got back into AL Central race in July

Moore, staff examining KC's late-season slide

KANSAS CITY -- The nagging question Royals general manager Dayton Moore and his staff have asked since the season ended is simple: What happened over the season's final two months?

The Royals were sitting at 55-48 on July 30, on the day they traded for White Sox outfielder Melky Cabrera to beef up the offense. Earlier in the week, Moore had acquired a trio of arms -- Trevor Cahill, Brandon Maurer and Ryan Buchter -- to bolster the pitching staff.

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