New CBA could impact Royals through qualifying offer

New CBA could impact Royals through qualifying offer

KANSAS CITY -- There is speculation around baseball that the Royals, because of their massive potential free-agent class after the 2017 season, could be one of the teams most affected by the new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Under the new CBA, teams losing a free agent who has been presented a qualifying offer are no longer guaranteed a compensatory first-round pick.

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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 swap Pounders for Minor League pitcher

Royals swap Pounders for Minor League pitcher

KANSAS CITY -- The Royals on Thursday traded right-hander Brooks Pounders to the Angels for Minor League right-hander Jared Ruxer.

The move opens up a spot on the Royals' 40-man roster, meaning they can participate in the Rule 5 Draft on Dec. 8. The 40-man now is at 39.

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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.

Building shutdown 'pen Royals' No. 1 priority

Building shutdown 'pen Royals' No. 1 priority

KANSAS CITY -- Royals general manager Dayton Moore loves to point out that his roster now, or at the end of the upcoming Winter Meetings, or at the beginning of Spring Training, or on Aug. 1 won't remain the same.

"It is always fluid," Moore said. "The team we have now may not be the same group we have on the first day of Spring Training or the last day of Spring Training or in June."

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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.

Peace & glove: Owners, players reach CBA deal

New agreement includes change to home-field advantage in World Series

Peace & glove: Owners, players reach CBA deal

IRVING, Texas -- Major League Baseball's players and owners reached a tentative five-year Collective Bargaining Agreement through the 2021 season on Wednesday night. The parties will follow up today with a formal document, which then must be ratified by representatives of both sides. 

At 8:40 p.m. ET, an assortment of happy players, owners, lawyers and staffers poured from meeting rooms to exchange handshakes and hugs. That's how quickly 36 hours of round-the-clock negotiations ended, nearly four hours before today's deadline of 12:01 a.m. ET to reach a deal. Short of an agreement, the sport was faced with the best-case scenario of an extension or owners could have imposed a lockout.

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Richard Justice is a columnist for MLB.com. You can follow him on Twitter @richardjustice. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Royals open spot on 40-man for Rule 5 Draft

Club adds four prospects to roster to protect them

Royals open spot on 40-man for Rule 5 Draft

KANSAS CITY -- The Royals added four prospects to their 40-man roster recently to protect them from being picked in the Rule 5 Draft.

The moves, however, maxed out the Royals' 40-man roster, meaning they would not participate in the Rule 5 Draft on Dec. 8 unless they clear space no later than the day before. Kansas City lowered its 40-man roster to 39 on Thursday by trading right-hander Brooks Pounders to the Angels in exchange for right-hander Jared Ruxer.

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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.

Statcast a 'coaching tool' for Royals' Wakamatsu

Statcast a 'coaching tool' for Royals' Wakamatsu

KANSAS CITY -- Royals bench coach Don Wakamatsu has the daunting task each season of taking the mounds of data provided daily by the Royals' analytical department and transforming it into knowledge his coaching staff can use to win games.

That's why Wakamatsu is very curious about MLB.com's revolutionary Statcast™, the state-of-the-art tracking technology capable of measuring all aspects of player movement on the field as well as exit velocities and launch angles of batted and thrown baseballs.

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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

The Next Big Leaguers: Royals' Staumont

A team-by-team look at future key contributors who starred in the 2016 Arizona Fall League

The Next Big Leaguers: Royals' Staumont

The Arizona Fall League always is loaded with talent, and it was stronger than usual in 2016. In the initial installment of MLBPipeline.com's "The Next Big Leaguers," which premieres Tuesday, we focused on five prospects: Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger, Twins shortstop Nick Gordon, Cubs outfielder Eloy Jimenez, Red Sox infielder Yoan Moncada and Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres.

We could have spotlighted many more promising prospects if not limited by time constraints, and below we'll do exactly that.

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

Can you ace this quiz about Bo Jackson's career?

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Can you ace this quiz about Bo Jackson's career?

Bo Jackson, the two-sport star whose career would be considered pure myth if it wasn't for the video camera, turned 54 on Wednesday. Bo knows baseball. Bo knows football. But do you know Bo? Oh, really? Then take the quiz below and prove it. 

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Tracy Ringolsby

Schuerholz a front-runner for HOF enshrinement

Architect of World Series-winning Royals, Braves had tremendous influence

Schuerholz a front-runner for HOF enshrinement

Fifty years ago, a 26-year-old junior high school teacher in Baltimore with a lifelong love affair with baseball made a pitch to then-Orioles owner Jerry Hoffberger, making the case for his hometown O's to give him a chance to be part of the organization.

John Schuerholz accepted the fact his dreams of playing in the big leagues would never come true, but he knew there had to be some kind of front-office job he could handle. All he wanted was a chance.

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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 will listen to all offers at Winter Meetings

KC dealing with tighter payroll, big names in final contract year

Royals will listen to all offers at Winter Meetings

KANSAS CITY -- Here's the curious thing about the Royals as they prep for this year's Winter Meetings: They could send shock waves through the industry with some blockbuster trades, or they could be the most silent and anonymous team there.

MLB.com and MLB Network will have wall-to-wall coverage of the 2016 Winter Meetings from the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center outside Washington, D.C. Fans can watch live streaming of all news conferences and manager availability on MLB.com, including the Rule 5 Draft on Dec. 8 at 8 a.m. CT.

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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.

Schuerholz to learn Hall of Fame fate on Sunday

16-member committee to decide on Selig, Steinbrenner among 10 hopefuls

Schuerholz to learn Hall of Fame fate on Sunday

The Today's Game Era ballot for induction to the National Baseball Hall of Fame will be voted upon this Sunday at the Winter Meetings in National Harbor, Md. Five former Major League players, three executives and two managers will be considered, and the results of the voting will be announced on MLB Network's "MLB Tonight" and streamed live on MLB.com at 6 p.m. ET.

The players named on the ballot are Harold Baines, Albert Belle, Will Clark, Orel Hershiser and Mark McGwire. The three executives are John Schuerholz, Allan H. "Bud" Selig and George M. Steinbrenner. The two former managers are Davey Johnson and Lou Piniella.

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

Royals Charities all about giving year-round

Front office, players are thankful for support from their community

Royals Charities all about giving year-round

KANSAS CITY -- The Royals under owner David Glass and general manager Dayton Moore have taken great pride in making sure the team gives back to the community.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, the Royals give many thanks to a community that has supported them throughout the years.

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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.

Speaking at prison, Moore praises inmates' 'humility'

KANSAS CITY -- As Royals general manager Dayton Moore spoke to inmates at the Lansing (Kan.) State Prison on Monday, he was struck by the sincerity in their faces.

"There was a spirit of humility in them," Moore told MLB.com. "You could see the tremendous sense of remorse in their faces, in their body language.

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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.

KC payroll to exceed last season's record

GM Moore preaching financial restraint this offseason

KC payroll to exceed last season's record

KANSAS CITY -- Royals general manager Dayton Moore has talked often this offseason about the rising costs of doing business in Major League Baseball.

All one has to do is look at the Royals' payroll situation heading into the 2017 season to confirm that.

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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.

Sources: Butera, Cervelli will play for Italy in WBC

Sources: Butera, Cervelli will play for Italy in WBC

Catchers Drew Butera and Francisco Cervelli have been added to Team Italy's roster for the 2017 World Baseball Classic, sources told MLB.com's Jon Paul Morosi.

Both backstops previously played in the World Baseball Classic for Team Italy. Cervelli participated in 2009, while Butera played in 2013.

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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.

Junis among 4 Royals added to 40-man roster

Club's No. 9 prospect protected from Rule 5 Draft; Cruz designated for assignment

Junis among 4 Royals added to 40-man roster

KANSAS CITY -- The Royals made a flurry of roster moves ahead of Friday's deadline for protecting Rule 5 Draft candidates, first designating for assignment catcher Tony Cruz, then adding pitchers Jake Junis and Andrew Edwards, catcher Cameron Gallagher and first baseman Samir Duenez to the 40-man roster.

Left-hander Tim Collins opted for free agency.

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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 ink Butera to 2-year, $3.8 million deal

Royals ink Butera to 2-year, $3.8 million deal

KANSAS CITY -- The Royals and catcher Drew Butera have agreed to a two-year, $3.8 million deal. Butera will earn $1.5 million in 2017 and $2.3 million in '18.

Butera, 33, set a career high in home runs last season with four as he backed up four-time American League Gold Glove Award winner Salvador Perez. Butera also set career highs in average (.285) and OPS (.808).

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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.

Kennedy thrilled with finish to debut season in KC

Righty also acclimates to new community, handing out food at homeless shelter

Kennedy thrilled with finish to debut season in KC

KANSAS CITY -- Royals right-hander Ian Kennedy continues to become acclimated to his new community.

Kennedy moved his family to Kansas City, enrolled his oldest daughter in preschool recently and continues to help out in the community. On Thursday, he helped hand out food at the Union City Mission, a homeless shelter in Kansas City.

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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' 35-game spring schedule revealed

Pitchers, catchers report on Feb. 14 to Surprise, Ariz.

Royals' 35-game spring schedule revealed

KANSAS CITY -- The Royals released their Spring Training schedule Tuesday and will open Cactus League play on Feb. 25 against their Surprise Stadium-companion Rangers.

Pitchers and catchers report on Feb. 14, the full squad reports on Feb. 17, with the first full-squad workout scheduled for Feb. 18.

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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.

Matthews set to return as Royals' radio voice

Hall of Fame broadcaster to call his 49th straight season

Matthews set to return as Royals' radio voice

KANSAS CITY -- Royals Hall of Fame announcer Denny Matthews turned 74 on Monday.

Matthews celebrated with a round of golf during the day, a trip to Fiorella's Jack Stack Barbecue, and a quiet night with family.

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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.

Watch Sluggerrr, other mascots try the #MannequinChallenge

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Watch Sluggerrr, other mascots try the #MannequinChallenge

The "Mannequin Challenge" is not an easy feat to pull off. Sure, all it requires is remaining perfectly still for an extended period of time, but when was the last time you went 30 seconds without reaching for your cell phone? That's what makes the good ones so impressive

Some of MLB's mascots got together to create their own entry into the field, featuring a silly-stringed Orbit and a T-shirt cannon-wielding Mr. Met.

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Royals' Staumont bounces back in stellar AFL start

Royals' Staumont bounces back in stellar AFL start

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- With the Arizona Fall League in its final week, Josh Staumont is making sure that both he and the Surprise Saguaros go out on a high note.

The Royals' No. 10 prospect dominated on Monday, allowing one hit over four scoreless innings as Surprise rolled through Peoria, 9-3, at Surprise Stadium to increase its lead over the Javelinas in the AFL West division. The performance was in stark contrast to his previous start on Nov. 8, when he allowed eight runs (seven earned) on five hits and four walks in just 1 2/3 innings.

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

Cuthbert may be Royals' backup plan at DH

Morales reportedly has 3-year contract with Blue Jays

Cuthbert may be Royals' backup plan at DH

KANSAS CITY -- Just a few days after general manager Dayton Moore said the Royals "had interest" in re-signing designated hitter Kendrys Morales, Morales reportedly has a deal with the Blue Jays.

Several outlets have confirmed that pending a physical, Morales has a three-year, $33 million contract with the Blue Jays.

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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.

Perez takes home 1st Silver Slugger Award

Perez takes home 1st Silver Slugger Award

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- It has been quite a week for Royals catcher Salvador Perez.

On Tuesday, Perez captured his fourth straight Rawlings Gold Glove Award.

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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.

O'Hearn sets tone in AFL with first-inning homer

Royals' No. 7 prospect notches first Fall League home run as Saguaros roll to win

O'Hearn sets tone in AFL with first-inning homer

In a battle of two teams that entered the day tied for first place in their respective Arizona Fall League divisions, the Surprise Saguaros, led by Ryan O'Hearn, edged the Mesa Solar Sox, 4-2, on Saturday afternoon at Surprise Stadium.

O'Hearn, the Royals' No. 7 prospect, staked Surprise to a first-inning lead with his first Fall League home run, a two-out solo shot to center field that came on a 3-0 fastball from Solar Sox starter James Buckelew.

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

Gordon among rebound candidates for Royals

Soria, Young also being counted on for success in 2017

Gordon among rebound candidates for Royals

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- There were many factors that conspired to derail the 2015 World Series champion Royals last season.

A slew of injuries and overall fatigue certainly were at the top of the 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.

Boras: Holland won't have another showcase

Agent says former Royals closer receiving interest from 'grand number' of teams

Boras: Holland won't have another showcase

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Scott Boras, the agent for former Royals closer Greg Holland, said at the General Managers Meetings that Holland won't have another showcase before potentially signing with a team.

Holland, a free agent, is recovering from Tommy John surgery that kept him out for all of the 2016 season. On Monday, Holland threw about 30-35 pitches at nearby Grand Canyon University with scouts from numerous teams reportedly on hand, including the Royals, Indians, Red Sox, Giants and Mariners.

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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' outfield likely to have familiar look

GM Moore comfortable with group, says Bonifacio and Dozier may get chance

Royals' outfield likely to have familiar look

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- There's at least a decent chance the Royals will open 2017 with the same outfield candidates they had for much of '16: Alex Gordon in left, Lorenzo Cain in center and either Paulo Orlando or Jarrod Dyson in right field.

Royals general manager Dayton Moore said Wednesday from the General Managers Meetings he was comfortable with his outfield pieces, particularly Orlando and Dyson.

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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 lauds Perez on fourth straight Gold Glove

Moore lauds Perez on fourth straight Gold Glove

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Royals general manager Dayton Moore has taken great pride in creating one of the best defensive teams in baseball.

Moore has beamed in recent years as the Royals have repeatedly brought home multiple American League Gold Glove Award winners.

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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.

Perez wins fourth straight Gold Glove Award

Perez wins fourth straight Gold Glove Award

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Royals catcher Salvador Perez, one of the best defensive catchers in Major League Baseball, continues to be recognized for it.

Perez won his fourth straight American League Rawlings Gold Glove Award on Tuesday night.

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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.