The Kansas City Royals announced tonight that the club will not tender a 2015 Major League contract to left-handed pitcher Francisley Bueno, making him a free agent. Kansas City’s roster now stands at 38 players.
The Kansas City Royals have been named the Organization of the Year by Baseball America the publication announced today. It marked the second time the Royals have earned the honor, also garnering the award following the 1994 season.
With a roster made up of predominately players that came up through the minor league system, the Royals stormed to 89 victories in 2014 and reached the World Series for the first time in 29 years, falling to the San Francisco Giants in seven games. The club set a Major League record by winning its first eight postseason contests, beginning with a thrilling 9-8 triumph in 12 innings over Oakland in the Wild Card Game and included a three-game sweep of the Los Angeles Angels in the Division Series and a four-game sweep of the Baltimore Orioles in the American League Championship Series.
Of the 26 players the American League champions used during the postseason, 13 of them were either drafted by the club or signed as international free agents, while nine others came over via trades.
“We are thrilled to receive this great honor,” Royals General Manager Dayton Moore said. “I’m extremely proud of our entire organization.”
While the Major League club enjoyed historic success, the Royals’ Triple-A affiliate, the Omaha Storm Chasers, also captured their second-straight Triple-A title and were Pacific Coast League champions for the third time in the last four seasons.
A link to the story which was posted to Baseball America’s website is below:
The Royals announced today that former infielder Chris Getz will join the club’s front office staff as a Baseball Operations Assistant/Player Development. He will assist in player personnel and development responsibilities.
Getz, 31, played in 10 games with Toronto last year after signing with them as a free agent during the offseason, and officially retired as a player on May 16. He spent the previous four years with the Royals (2010-13), playing a career high 118 games in 2011, while he hit a career-best .275 with 10 doubles, three triples, 22 runs scored and 11 stolen bases in 2012. He was originally drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the fourth round of the 2005 First-Year Player Draft and played his first two Major League seasons (2008-09) in Chicago. He was traded to the Royals on November 5, 2009, coming over with infielder Josh Fields for infielder/outfielder Mark Teahen.
Getz and his wife, Nicole, have an infant son, Luke, who was born in June of this year.
Royals GM Dayton Moore participated in a media conference call today after Billy Butler’s signing with the Oakland Athletics became official.
Moore said that the Royals were given the opportunity to work with Billy throughout the negotiations. While the Royals were interested in bringing Billy back, the overall package was something that Moore felt the Royals could not match.
Moore is proud of everything that Butler did for the Royals, on and off the field. He talked about how Billy is a fun player to watch in the batter’s box and that the A’s are getting a tremendous hitter. He’s happy for Billy, his wife Katie and the Butler family. He hasn’t spoken with Billy since the signing, but plans to in the near future.
Now that signing Butler is not an option, Moore indicated that adding a starting pitcher and improved bullpen depth are priorities. The Royals like the flexibility of allowing multiple players to be the DH, with Moore naming Lorenzo Cain, Alex Gordon, Omar Infante and Salvador Perez as players who could see occasional duty in the role. That being said, a player who fills the DH role is an option, though Moore said the focus is on getting the best players.
On another note, tomorrow (Thursday) is the deadline for filling the winter rosters. The Royals can add players to the roster to keep them from being selected in the upcoming Rule 5 Draft. Moore indicated that the Royals have had meetings to determine who fits on the 40-man roster. The club currently has five spots available.
A personal note from the blogger:
Best wishes to Billy and his family. I remember meeting him when he reached the Majors at age 21 in 2007 and have watched him grow up since then. He was always polite as I got to know him through community events and multiple Royals Caravan trips. He leaves KC among the top 10 in career games, home runs, RBI, hits, batting average, doubles, walks, slugging percentage and total bases. – CC
We’re less than three weeks removed from Game 7 of the World Series – and we are thinking about 2015! The Royals announced their spring schedule today.
The Royals will prepare for their defense of the American League crown with a 31-game Spring Training schedule that features 14 home games at Surprise Stadium, plus two additional games in Surprise as the road club against Texas, March 4 and March 30. The first two home games will start at 2:05 p.m. CT, vs. Texas on March 5 and vs. Cincinnati on March 7, until Daylight Savings Time on March 8, when remaining day games will begin at 3:05 p.m. CT.
Other highlights include a home-and-home against 2014 World Series opponent San Francisco on Sunday March 22 in Surprise and Monday, March 23 at Scottsdale Stadium. The Royals will conclude the spring schedule by traveling to Houston for games on Friday, April 3 (7:10 p.m.) and Saturday, April 4 (3:10 p.m.) and open the regular season at home on Monday, April 6 against the Chicago White Sox.
The Surprise Recreation Campus will accept mail orders as well as online orders. To obtain a ticket brochure, fans can call (623) 222-2222 or visit http://www.royals.com/springtraining online. Individual Spring Training game tickets go on sale via an online pre-sale on Monday, December 15 through ticketmaster.com or by calling (800) 745-3000. The Surprise Recreation Campus Box Office will open at 7 a.m. local time on Saturday, January 3 for walk-up purchases. A service charge will be applied to tickets purchased online or over the phone. Fans with questions about Spring Training tickets may call (623) 222-2222, beginning today.
Pitchers and catchers will report to Surprise on Thursday, February 19. Workouts for pitchers begin the following day, Friday, February 20. The remainder of the squad will report on Tuesday, February 24 and begin workouts for the 2015 campaign on Wednesday, February 25.
* All times Central; dates and times are subject to change
* March 4 – Charity game
* (SS) – indicates a split squad
|8||Sunday||at Los Angeles Angels||Tempe||3:10|
|10||Tuesday||CHICAGO WHITE SOX||SURPRISE||3:05|
|14||Saturday||LOS ANGELES ANGELS (SS)||SURPRISE||3:05|
|17||Tuesday||at Chicago Cubs||Mesa||3:05|
|20||Friday||at San Diego||Peoria||9:05|
|21||Saturday||at Chicago White Sox||Glendale||3:05|
|22||Sunday||SAN FRANCISCO (SS)||SURPRISE||3:05|
|23||Monday||at San Francisco||Scottsdale||3:05|
|25||Wednesday||CHICAGO WHITE SOX||SURPRISE||8:05|
|26||Thursday||at Seattle (SS)||Peoria||3:05|
|31||Tuesday||at San Diego||Peoria||9:05|
|1||Wednesday||LOS ANGELES DODGERS||SURPRISE||2:05|
Baseball America has published its Royals Top 10 Prospect list for 2015.
Two players on the list, Brandon Finnegan and Christian Colon, debuted for KC in 2014.
You can see the rest of the list here:
Also on the list at number six is Miguel Almonte. The right-handed pitcher is on the Peoria Javelinas roster in the Arizona Fall League. That club, guided by manager Vance Wilson, is in Saturday’s AFL Championship Game, with Almonte sporting a 2.84 ERA.
Arizona-based photographer Lee Magenheim recently sent along these photos of Almonte:
The Royals announced today that they have signed a pair of six-year free agents, infielder Ryan Roberts and left-handed pitcher Joe Paterson, to minor league contracts.
Roberts, 34, spent the 2014 season in the Boston Red Sox organization, playing in eight games at the Major League level, while he hit .277 with 22 doubles, a triple, seven homers and 32 RBI in 72 games at Triple-A Pawtucket. The right-handed hitter was in the Tampa Bay Rays organization the previous two seasons, hitting .247 with six doubles, five homers and 17 RBI in 60 games for the Rays during the 2013 season.
Paterson, 28, has been in the Arizona Diamondbacks’ system for the last four seasons, pitching in three games at the Major League level last year. The reliever worked in 56 games at Triple-A Reno last season, going 0-2 with a 2.95 ERA (14 ER in 42.2 IP), posting 33 strikeouts. He made a career-high 62 appearances for the Diamondbacks in 2011, going 0-3 with a save and a 2.91 ERA (11 ER in 34.0 IP), holding left-handed hitters to a .205 batting average.
The postseason awards and honors continue to roll in…
Left fielder Alex Gordon is the 2014 Rawlings Platinum Glove Award winner for the American League, joining N.L. winner Yadier Molina.
Gordon, celebrating his fourth consecutive Rawlings Gold Glove Award, received 21.6 percent of the total vote, besting teammate Salvador Perez (15.9 percent) and Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia (13.2 percent) for the American League trophy.
The Rawlings Platinum Glove Award winners are determined by combining votes based on an adjusted SABR Defensive Index™ for each of the nine Rawlings Gold Glove Award winners in each League and the votes from baseball fans worldwide.
Also this week:
- Gordon joined Lorenzo Cain as a Defensive Player of the Year, as presented by Wilson Sporting Goods. Only nine players in MLB win this award (one at each position). The honor was the second in a row for Cain.
- Alcides Escobar, Jeremy Guthrie, Erik Kratz and Salvador Perez were named to the MLB All-Star Team that will participate in the Japan All-Star Series 2014. The 29-player team will match up in a five-game series against “Samurai Japan” (Japan’s National Team).
- Manager Ned Yost was named a finalist for American League Manager of the Year.
- YOU were nominated! Royals fans were nominated for Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year by SI writer Steve Rushin.
Rawlings Sporting Goods Company, Inc., and ESPN2 announced tonight that three Kansas City Royals ¬– left fielder Alex Gordon, first baseman Eric Hosmer and catcher Salvador Perez – have won American League Rawlings Gold Glove Awards for the second-straight season. The three Rawlings Gold Glove winners are tied for the most in team history after all three players were honored with the awards in 2013. The Royals’ three Rawlings Gold Glove winners were tied for the Major League lead with the Baltimore Orioles’ three selections.
The awards were voted on by American League managers and coaches and honor the best individual fielding performances at each position in the American and National Leagues. Shortstop Alcides Escobar was also named a finalist for the award.
Gordon picked up his fourth-straight Rawlings Gold Glove Award, which is the longest active streak in the American League and second-longest in the Majors behind St. Louis’ Yadier Molina, who earned his seventh-straight award tonight. He is the second Royals player to win a Gold Glove in four consecutive years, joining Frank White, who won six-straight (1977-82) and eight overall. Gordon tied for 11th in the American League with eight outfield assists this season, while his 62 assists since the start of 2011 are the most in the Major Leagues in that span. He led all A.L. outfielders in games (156) and innings (1372.2) for the second-straight year and finished sixth in putouts (341) and committed just two errors in 351 chances for a .994 fielding percentage. Gordon, a former third baseman, earned his first career Rawlings Gold Glove in 2011, his first full season in the outfield.
Hosmer earned his second-straight Rawlings Gold Glove and the first American League first sacker to win in back-to-back years since Mark Teixeira did it with the Yankees in 2009-10. He is the only Royals first baseman to be honored with a Gold Glove. The 25-year-old missed a month of the season with a broken hand, but still played the second-most games at first base (130) in the American League and also finished second in total chances (1141), putouts (1043), assists (88) and fourth in zone rating (.854).
Perez also earned back-to-back Rawlings Gold Glove honors, becoming the fourth-straight American League catcher to win the award in at least two consecutive years, joining Ivan Rodriguez (2006-07), Joe Mauer (2008-10) and Matt Wieters (2011-12). He and Bob Boone (1989) are the only Royals catchers to win the award. Salvy set a club record, playing 146 games behind the plate during the regular season, while his 161 games including the postseason were the most ever by a Major League catcher. He led the American League in catcher pickoffs (four) with his 13 career picks tied for fourth among active MLB backstops. An All-Star for the second-straight year, Perez also ranked second in the A.L. in putouts (1037), third in assists (72) and fifth in runners caught stealing (23) this season.
Mission October: The Final Mission, an inside look at the 2014 World Series, premieres tomorrow (Tuesday, Nov. 4) at 8 p.m. Central on FOX Sports 1. Mission October is a collaboration between Major League Baseball Productions and FOX Sports.