The Royals held an awards ceremony this morning at Spring Training in Surprise, Ariz. Two minor league clubs – the Omaha Storm Chasers and Idaho Fall Chukars – won league titles in 2013. The Storm Chasers also won the Triple-A National Championship. Members of the 2013 Storm Chasers and Chukars were presented with championship rings. Individual awards were also presented, including the George Brett Hitter of the Year (Lane Adams) and the Paul Splittorff Pitcher of the Year (Yordano Ventura).
The Royals announced today that 14 players have been reassigned at Spring Training. Following the transactions, the Royals have 44 players in Major League camp.
Left-handed pitcher Chris Dwyer has been optioned to Triple-A Omaha, while left-handed pitcher John Lamb, infielder Cheslor Cuthbert and outfielder Lane Adams were optioned to Double-A Northwest Arkansas.
In addition, the following players have been assigned to minor league camp: right-handed pitchers Jason Adam, Aaron Brooks, Sugar Ray Marimon and Kyle Zimmer; catcher Juan Graterol; infielder Brandon Laird and outfielders Jorge Bonifacio, Gorkys Hernandez, Melky Mesa and Paulo Orlando.
The Royals are pleased to announce a new, multi-year partnership with Belfonte Ice Cream & Dairy Foods, a Kansas City-based company specializing in premium ice cream and dairy products. As part of the partnership, Belfonte will open an ice cream shop located in center field in the Outfield Experience at Kauffman Stadium for the 2014 season. In addition, fans will be able to enjoy Belfonte’s delicious ice cream by visiting one of multiple cart locations and concessions planned around the ballpark.
“Belfonte Ice Cream is proud to be a part of such a strong Kansas City tradition,” said David Belfonte. “The Royals and Belfonte Ice Cream & Dairy Foods share in calling Kansas City our home.”
The Belfonte Ice Cream Shop at Kauffman Stadium will operate on the same hours as the Outfield Experience.
In addition, Belfonte is also introducing a Royals-branded Triple Play Sundae premium ice cream that will soon be available at local retailers.
“We are excited to have Belfonte join the Royals team,” said Wes Engram, Sr. Director-Corporate Partnerships. “Belfonte and the Royals are both Kansas City traditions, and now fans visiting Kauffman Stadium will have the opportunity to enjoy the best hometown ice cream.”
After starting in 1969, the Belfonte name is now found on more than 190 products in more than 550 supermarkets and convenience stores, and in more than 600 restaurants, country clubs, hospitals, schools and food service facilities. Belfonte Ice Cream is distributed from Kansas City to Wichita, Kan., to Tulsa, Okla.
Wednesday’s Royals game will appear on MLB Network, with the tape delayed telecast beginning at 4:00 p.m. Central. You can catch the game live through an audio webcast on royals.com, beginning at 2:05 Central.
The following Royals spring games will air on MLB Network:
Saturday, March 8, at Milwaukee, 3:00 p.m. Central (tape delayed)
Wednesday, March 12, vs. Dodgers, Midnight Central (tape delay of Tuesday game)
Friday, March 14, at Cleveland, 9:00 a.m. Central (tape delay of Thursday game)
Thursday, March 20, vs. Angels, 3:00 p.m. Central (live)
Saturday, March 22, vs. Texas, 3:00 p.m. Central (live)
Tuesday, March 25, vs. Seattle, 10 p.m. Central (tape delay; this game will air live in Kansas City on FOX Sports Kansas City at 6:05 Central. The MLB Network telecast is subject to blackout in the FSKC market.)
Royals’ right-handed pitcher Guillermo Mota has announced his retirement from professional baseball after a 14-year career in the Major Leagues. He signed a minor league contract with the Royals on January 16.
“I’ve always admired Guillermo as a person and a player. I’d like to thank him,” Royals General Manager Dayton Moore said. “However, in talking with him, he indicated that he wanted to spend more time with his family.”
Mota, 40, hadn’t pitched in the Major Leagues since 2012 with the San Francisco Giants. He made 26 relief appearances for San Francisco that season, going 0-1 with a 5.23 ERA, recording 24 strikeouts in 20.2 innings. The right-handed reliever began his career in 1999 with the Montreal Expos and pitched for six other organizations: Los Angeles Dodgers (2002-04, 2009), Florida (2004-05), Cleveland (2006) New York Mets (2006-07), Milwaukee (2008) and San Francisco (2010-12). He was 39-45 in 743 appearances (all in relief) with a 3.94 ERA. Between 1999 and 2012, only five pitchers made more relief appearances than Mota.
The Royals announced today that the club has agreed to terms on 2014 Major League contracts with left-handed pitcher Danny Duffy, infielder Johnny Giavotella and outfielder Carlos Peguero. Consistent with club policy, terms of the contracts were not disclosed. After today’s signings, the Royals’ entire 40-man roster is under contract for the 2014 season.
Duffy, 25, returned from Tommy John surgery last season, posting a 2-0 record and a 1.85 ERA in five starts with Kansas City. Giavotella, 26, spent a majority of the 2013 season with Triple-A Omaha, batting .286 with 24 doubles, 7 homers and 46 RBI in 100 games for the Storm Chasers. Peguero, was acquired from the Seattle Mariners on January 29; he ranked seventh in the Pacific Coast League with 19 homers and was selected to the Triple-A All-Star Game in 2013.