Staumont will have Royals' attention in camp

Hard-throwing prospect could become a bullpen candidate

Staumont will have Royals' attention in camp

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- One of the intriguing young arms in camp will be right-hander Josh Staumont, who has been clocked at 100 mph.

Staumont has been a starter during his Minor League career, but the Royals wouldn't be afraid to try him in the bullpen to start the season. Staumont isn't on the 40-man roster, though.

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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 will make transition to Royals' bullpen

Minor will make transition to Royals' bullpen

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Left-hander Mike Minor had high hopes of cracking the rotation last year when the Royals signed him to a two-year, $7.25 million deal.

Now, Minor simply wants to contribute any way he can.

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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.

From soup to 'nuts': Who's healthiest in KC?

Merrifield's pizza craving gives edge to Gordon

From soup to 'nuts': Who's healthiest in KC?

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Call it the Royal Battle of the Health Food Nuts.

In one corner is the legendary Alex Gordon, he of the next-to-zero percent body fat who many years ago cheated on his diet with a cheeseburger. The shame.

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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.

Shortstop Escobar aiming for the fences

Shortstop Escobar aiming for the fences

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.

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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.

Gordon prepared to do Royals' outfield shuffle

Move will help give Soler time to acclimate to right field

Gordon prepared to do Royals' outfield shuffle

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Royals manager Ned Yost revealed Friday that he may have some unusual outfield combinations this spring, and perhaps during the regular season.

Yost indicated he plans to utilize Gold Glove left fielder Alex Gordon in all three outfield spots.

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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.

Moylan back with Royals on Minor League deal

Moylan back with Royals on Minor League deal

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.

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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.

Strahm seizing opportunity to pitch from 'pen

Strahm seizing opportunity to pitch from 'pen

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- For most of the offseason, the Royals stated publicly that left-hander Matt Strahm would be in the mix for a spot in the rotation.

But that officially changed after the Royals acquired starters Jason Hammel and Travis Wood. Hammel already has a spot secured in the rotation. Wood will compete with right-handers Nathan Karns and Chris Young for the fifth spot.

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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.

Cuthbert in crowded mix for second-base job

Cuthbert in crowded mix for second-base job

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The prevailing offseason assumption was the Royals' second-base job was up for grabs among Whit Merrifield, Christian Colon and Raul Mondesi.

But manager Ned Yost isn't about to leave another name out.

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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 honors wife with tattoo on right arm

Orlando honors wife with tattoo on right arm

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- We're spotting a trend here.

Last year, Royals outfielder Paulo Orlando showed up in camp sporting a large tattoo of himself on his back.

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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.

Wood officially joins Royals on 2-year deal

Versatile left-hander will compete for rotation spot, after full season in 'pen

Wood officially joins Royals on 2-year deal

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- A Royals rotation that seemed decimated after the tragic death of Yordano Ventura last month suddenly looks deep and talented.

The recent signings of right-hander Jason Hammel and left-hander Travis Wood gives general manager Dayton Moore the type of depth he always covets this time of year.

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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.

Flynn talks about falling through barn roof

Royals place reliever on 60-day DL with rib, back injuries

Flynn talks about falling through barn roof

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The first bit of advice left-hander Brian Flynn got from his Royals teammates when he arrived here last week was this: Dude, hire someone to do home repairs.

Flynn, who was going to compete for a bullpen job, went on the 60-day disabled list Wednesday after sustaining a broken rib and three non-displaced fractures in his vertebrae following an accident at his home in McAlester, Okla.

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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.

Strop wants to help players travel safe in DR

In wake of Ventura tragedy, Cubs reliever will visit complexes to address potential dangers on roadways

Strop wants to help players travel safe in DR

MESA, Ariz. -- Cubs reliever Pedro Strop was lucky. When he was involved in a car accident in the Dominican Republic in November 2014, he just needed a few stitches on his left arm. Yordano Ventura, tragically, was not as fortunate, and Strop wants to do what he can to avoid losing another young talent in his native country.

Ventura, a young star pitcher for the Royals, was killed in a car crash in the Dominican on Jan. 22. He was 25.

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Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Soria ready to start anew in Royals' bullpen

Soria ready to start anew in Royals' bullpen

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Royals reliever Joakim Soria isn't going to harp on his 2016 season, and he had a message for anyone who may still want to:

"You just have to move on," Soria said, smiling. "And I hope you guys move on, too."

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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' bullpen doesn't have shortage of arms

Royals' bullpen doesn't have shortage of arms

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- A Royals coach walked through the clubhouse early Tuesday morning, turned to a reporter and said with a laugh, "I better go look at some name tags. I have never met half of these guys."

There are plenty of new faces in 2017, mostly pitchers who will be vying for a precious few bullpen spots.

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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 strike Minors deal with Maness

Royals strike Minors deal with Maness

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The Royals continue to do their due diligence in trying to secure a shutdown bullpen for 2017.

The Royals confirmed Monday they have signed right-hander Seth Maness to a Minor League deal with an invite to Spring Training, thus adding yet one more veteran reliever to compete for a bullpen job.

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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 have spring in their step entering '17

Royals have spring in their step entering '17

With Spring Training fast approaching, MLB.com will take a look at a different aspect of this year's Royals squad each day this week. Today's topic: Spring Training is here.

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Before the window closes and several potential free agents hit the open market, expect these Royals to produce one more valiant effort at another 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.

Royals gather for early workouts in Surprise

Royals gather for early workouts in Surprise

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The signs of Spring Training were everywhere Sunday.

Left-hander Jason Vargas, trying to bounce back from Tommy John surgery in 2015, ran wind sprints off on a side field at the Royals' Spring Training complex.

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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 set for roster battles in Spring Training

Royals set for roster battles in Spring Training

With Spring Training fast approaching, MLB.com takes a look at a different aspect of this year's Royals squad each day this week. Today's topic: Predicting the 25-man roster.

KANSAS CITY -- It's what every fan and reporter loves to do this time of year: An early projection of the team's 25-man roster come Opening Day.

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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 committed to make another title run

Royals committed to make another title run

With Spring Training fast approaching, MLB.com will take a look at a different aspect of this year's Royals squad each day this week. Today's topic: The perfect season.

KANSAS CITY -- When injuries and fatigue conspired to knock the 2015 World Series champions back to 81-81 in '16, many believed that would be the end of the Royals' run.

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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.

Power a point of emphasis for Royals

Power a point of emphasis for Royals

With Spring Training fast approaching, MLB.com will take a look at a different aspect of this year's Royals squad each day this week. Today's topic: What's the vision?

KANSAS CITY -- Since becoming general manager in 2006, Dayton Moore has been bullish on building a team that could defend Kauffman Stadium.

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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.

Hosmer headlines list of 11 Royals in WBC '17

Hosmer headlines list of 11 Royals in WBC '17

KANSAS CITY -- Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer has a special goal while playing again for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic: Win it all.

"I've taken pride in winning championships at every level, and it's happened at every level except for playing for [Team USA]," Hosmer said. "This will be my fourth time playing for them through high school and the Minors.

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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.

Key questions surround Hosmer heading into '17

A free agent after season, Royals All-Star looking to put together full season offensively

Key questions surround Hosmer heading into '17

With Spring Training fast approaching, MLB.com will take a look at a different aspect of this year's Royals squad each day this week. Today's topic: How's your star?

KANSAS CITY -- For years under general manager Dayton Moore, the Royals prided themselves in their no-superstar roster construction.

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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.

Hammel inks two-year deal with Royals

Hammel inks two-year deal with Royals

KANSAS CITY -- Right-hander Jason Hammel passed his physical on Wednesday and was introduced to the Kansas City media alongside general manager Dayton Moore at a news conference.

Here's what we learned:

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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 acquire Dewees in exchange for Mills

Royals acquire Dewees in exchange for Mills

MESA, Ariz. -- The Cubs continued to stock up on bullpen arms, acquiring right-hander Alec Mills from the Royals for Minor League outfielder Donnie Dewees on Wednesday.

Mills, 25, made his Major League debut last season, appearing in three games in relief. He combined to go 5-5 with a 3.22 ERA in 24 appearances, all but one as a starter, last year between Double-A Northwest Arkansas and Triple-A Omaha. He had a 13.50 ERA in three outings with the Royals.

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Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.