November 2012

Felipe Paulino joins Royals associates to help at the Johnson County Christmas Bureau

 

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Pitcher Felipe Paulino joined Royals Sr. Vice President-Business Operations Kevin Uhlich and Royals associates in distributing food, winter clothing and holiday gifts today at the Johnson County Christmas Bureau Holiday Shop

The Johnson County Christmas Bureau is a volunteer, non-profit organization and United Way agency created in 1960 that provides necessary assistance to low-income families of Johnson County, Kansas.  Qualified low-income families and individuals are scheduled by appointment and assisted by a volunteer during one of the nine days of the Holiday Shop to select groceries, toys, gifts, personal care items and clothing for their families. 

More than 3,400 families and 650 nursing home residents were served by the Holiday Shop in 2011.

Royals outright Ryan Verdugo and Adam Moore to Omaha; Derrick Robinson clears waivers

The Royals announced today that left-handed pitcher Ryan Verdugo and catcher Adam Moore were assigned outright to Triple-A Omaha.  In addition, outfielder Derrick Robinson cleared waivers and will be not tendered a 2013 contract prior to tonight’s 11 p.m. CT tender deadline, making him a free agent.

All three players were designated for assignment by the Royals on November 20.

Happy 50th, Bo!

Fan favorite Bo Jackson returned to Kauffman Stadium on Opening Day, 2011.

 

Fan favorite Bo Jackson turned 50 today.  Yes, Vincent Edward Jackson was born on November 30, 1962 in Bessemer, Alabama. 

ESPN will be airing a 30 for 30 entitled “You Don’t Know Bo” on Saturday, December 8.  We’re looking forward to it as a few members of the Kansas City Royals family were interviewed for the show!

Royals agree to terms with second baseman Chris Getz on a one-year contract for 2013

Chris Getz_7110The Kansas City Royals announced today that the club has agreed to terms on a one-year Major League contract with second baseman Chris Getz for the 2013 season, avoiding arbitration.  Consistent with club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.  The signing of Getz leaves right-handed pitcher Luke Hochevar as the club’s only unsigned arbitration-eligible player.

Getz, 29, batted .275 with 17 RBI and nine stolen bases in 64 games for Kansas City in 2012.  He spent three stints on the disabled list due to various injuries, including a left thumb fracture which ended his season on August 17.  The Royals were 30-25 in his 55 starts.  Getz was acquired in a trade with the Chicago White Sox on November 5, 2009.

Royals agree to terms with pitcher Felipe Paulino on a one-year contract for 2013

The Royals announced today that the club has agreed to terms on a one-year Major League contract with right-handed pitcher Felipe Paulino for the 2013 season, avoiding arbitration.  Consistent with club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.  The signing of Paulino leaves right-handed pitcher Luke Hochevar and second baseman Chris Getz as the club’s only unsigned arbitration-eligible players.

Paulino, 29, was 3-1 with a 1.67 ERA in seven starts for the Royals in 2012.  He made his last Major League start on June 6, missing the remainder of the season after undergoing ulnar collateral ligament replacement surgery on his right elbow on July 3.  The native of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic was acquired from Colorado on May 26, 2011.  He has appeared in 93 Major League games (61 starts) with Houston, Colorado and Kansas City.

Pitcher Chris Volstad and catcher Brayan Pena elect free agency

The Royals announced today that right-handed pitcher Chris Volstad and catcher Brayan Pena were outrighted to the minor leagues and both elected free agency.  Volstad and Pena were designated for assignment on November 20.

 

Royals acquire minor league pitchers Luis Santos and Luis Rico from Pirates in exchange for Clint Robinson and Vin Mazzaro

The Kansas City Royals announced today that the club has acquired minor league right-handed pitcher Luis Santos and left-hander Luis Rico from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for right-handed pitcher Vin Mazzaro and first baseman Clint Robinson.  Santos and Rico have been assigned to the Surprise Royals.

The 21-year-old Santos pitched for both Dominican Pirates clubs last season, combining for a 6-3 record and a 2.44 ERA in 14 games, including 12 starts.  In 62.2 innings, he allowed 42 hits, walked 20 and struck out 74 while holding opponents to a .184 average.  The 6-foot Santos is from Bonao, Dominican Republic, and was signed by Pittsburgh as a non-drafted free agent on April 8, 2011.

Rico, who will turn 19 tomorrow, is a 6-foot-1, 180-pounder from Guanta, Venezuela.  He went 0-1 with a 7.04 ERA in 11 games (nine starts) in 2012 for the Dominican Pirates.  Rico made his debut in 2011 with the Venezuelan Pirates after signing with Pittsburgh as a non-drafted free agent on April 9, 2011.

Mazzaro, 26, and Robinson, 27, were designated for assignment by the Royals on November 20.

Royals agree to terms with catcher Brett Hayes on a one-year contract for 2013

 The Kansas City Royals announced today that the club has agreed to terms on a one-year Major League contract with catcher Brett Hayes for the 2013 season, avoiding arbitration.  Consistent with club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.  The signing of Hayes leaves right-handed pitchers Luke Hochevar and Felipe Paulino, and second baseman Chris Getz as the club’s only unsigned arbitration-eligible players.

Hayes, 28, worked as the Marlins backup catcher for parts of the past four seasons before being claimed on Outright Waivers by the Royals on November 2.  In 39 games in 2012, he batted .202 with six doubles after hitting .231 with five home runs and 16 RBI in 64 contests in 2011.  Known as a strong defensive catcher, Hayes has caught 19 of 74 attempted basestealers in his career (26%).  The 6-foot, 201-pound right-handed hitter was the Marlins’ second-round selection in the 2005 draft out of the University of Nevada.  His father, Tim Hayes, Jr., was drafted by the Royals in the fourth round of the 1975 Draft, but never played professionally.

Royals set 40-man roster ahead of tonight’s deadline

 The Royals today announced several moves to set the club’s 40-man roster at 40 for the offseason reserve list deadline which occurs at midnight ET tonight.

Following the confirmation of the signing of right-handed pitcher Jeremy Guthrie, the Royals designated right-handed pitcher Chris Volstad for assignment.

In addition, the Royals selected the contracts of left-handed pitchers Chris Dwyer, Donnie Joseph, John Lamb, Justin Marks and Mike Montgomery, and right-handed pitcher J.C. Gutierrez from the Omaha Storm Chasers.  To create room on the roster, the Royals designated the following players for assignment: right-handed pitcher Vin Mazzaro; left-handed pitcher Ryan Verdugo; catchers Adam Moore and Brayan Pena; infielder Clint Robinson and outfielder Derrick Robinson.

Dwyer, 24, pitched for Northwest Arkansas (AA) and Omaha (AAA) in 2012, combining on an 8-12 record with a 5.89 ERA in 26 games (25 starts).  The 6-foot-3 left-hander from Swampscott, Mass., was the Royals’ fourth-round selection in the 2009 Draft. 

The 25-year-old Joseph was acquired by the Royals along with pitcher J.C. Sulbaran from the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for Jonathan Broxton on July 31.  The left-handed reliever from Buda, Texas, went 1-0 with a 4.15 ERA in 11 outings with Omaha (AAA) following the trade, striking out 19 in 17.1 innings.  He was a combined 9-3 with a 2.33 ERA in 55 relief appearances in 2012.

Lamb, 22, made just six starts in 2012 as he continued his recovery from 2011 Tommy John surgery on his left elbow.  The 6-foot-4 southpaw from Laguna Hills, Calif., was the Royals’ fifth-round pick in 2008.

The 24-year-old Marks just completed a strong Arizona Fall League campaign in which he posted a 5-1 record with a 2.59 ERA in seven starts, recording two more wins than any other pitcher in the circuit.  Acquired from the Oakland A’s with Vin Mazzaro in exchange for David DeJesus on November 10, 2010, the Owensboro, Ky., resident pitched at three different levels of the Royals system in 2012, including going 3-5 with a 3.80 ERA in 17 starts for Double-A Northwest Arkansas where he was a Texas League All-Star.

Montgomery, 23, appeared at both Northwest Arkansas and Omaha last season and combined for a 5-12 record in 27 starts.  The club’s supplemental round selection (36th overall) in the 2008 Draft resides in Surprise, Ariz.

The 29-year-old Gutierrez made 19 appearances (four starts) in the Royals system in 2012 after inking as a minor league free agent on December 20, 2011.  The 6-foot-3 resident of Barcelona, Venezuela, has pitched in the Majors with the Astros (2007) and Diamondbacks (2009-2011), posting a 5-10 record with a 4.79 ERA in 150 games (three starts), recording 24 saves and striking out 152 in 167.1 innings.

Royals associates serve at Guadalupe Center

 

A contingent of Royals associates served a Thanksgiving meal today at the Guadalupe Centers, Inc. in Kansas City.

The mission of the Guadalupe Centers, Inc. is to improve the quality of life for individuals in the Latino communities of greater Kansas City.
The center

  • Provides early childhood, secondary, preparatory and adult educational programs
  • Facilitates access to health and social services for all ages
  • Promotes and provides Latino cultural enrichment events
  • Sponsors social activities that engage our diverse communities
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