Congratulations to Mike Sweeney, who was elected to the Royals Hall of Fame today! Sweeney’s formal induction will take place this summer at Kauffman Stadium (date to be determined). You can read about his election here.
Mike was a Royals Hall of Famer on the field and in the community. Here are a few photos from his playing days, including Sweeney tipping his cap as he walked off the field in his final game as a Royal:
The Royals have signed free agent right-handed pitcher Joe Blanton to a minor league contract, with an invitation to Major League Spring Training.
Blanton, 34, last pitched in the Major Leagues with the Los Angeles Angels during the 2013 season, making 28 appearances, including 20 starts. The nine-year veteran is 85-89 in his big league career with a 4.51 ERA with 1086 strikeouts in 1567.1 innings. He recorded 16 wins for the Oakland A’s in 2006, which tied for eighth in the A.L., while he tied for the league-lead in starts (34) the following season. The right-hander was a member of the Philadelphia Phillies teams that won the World Championship in 2008 and were National League champs in 2009. He is 2-0 with a 4.02 ERA (18 ER in 40.1 IP) with 13 walks and 33 strikeouts in 10 career postseason outings.
Royals pitchers and catchers will report to Surprise for Spring Training next Thursday (February 19), with their first workouts scheduled for 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.
The Royals announced this morning that the club has come to terms with right-handed relief pitcher Greg Holland on a one-year contract, avoiding arbitration. Per club policy, terms of the agreements were not disclosed.
Holland, 29, was named to the American League All-Star team for the second-straight season and earned the first Mariano Rivera Award as the league’s top relief pitcher in 2014. The righty finished third in the Major Leagues with 46 saves, to go along with a 1.44 ERA and 90 strikeouts in 62.1 innings over his 65 relief appearances. He enters the 2015 season ranked second among Royals relievers with 381 career strikeouts, trailing only Jeff Montgomery (720). Holland has converted 93 of his 98 save opportunities since the start of 2013 (94.9 percent), which is the highest percentage in baseball during that span.
The signing of Holland leaves first baseman Eric Hosmer as the Royals’ only arbitration-eligible player who has not agreed on a contract for 2015.
The Kansas City Royals announced today that the club has come to terms with right-handed pitcher Kelvin Herrera on a two-year deal, avoiding arbitration. Consistent with club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Herrera, 25, put together an outstanding 2014 campaign, going 4-3 with a 1.41 ERA (11 ER in 70. IP) in 70 appearances. His ERA ranked fifth among Major League relievers last season, which included a streak of 31.0 consecutive scoreless innings from June 27 to September 16, the second-longest in the A.L. The righty did not allow a home run in 2014, extending his streak to 95.0 consecutive innings without surrendering a roundtripper, dating back to July 28, 2013. Herrera is 13-14 with a 2.56 ERA and 210 strikeouts in 214.2 innings in his big league career.
The signing of Herrera leaves the Royals with two unsigned arbitration-eligible players: pitcher Greg Holland and first baseman Eric Hosmer.
FOX Sports Kansas City, the television home of the Royals, will air two shows produced around the 2015 Royals FanFest. Last weekend’s event attracted record crowds as fans gathered for the first time since October to see and celebrate the 2014 American League champions and get ready for the 2015 season.
The first show includes Royals players’ reflections on the offseason, interviews with general manager Dayton Moore and first baseman Eric Hosmer, and an introduction to the newest Royals.
The second episode features interviews with manager Ned Yost and left fielder Alex Gordon, a look at pitcher Kris Medlen and the players’ thoughts on 2015.
The Royals FanFest shows will be available on FOX Sports Kansas City and FOX Sports Midwest in western and central Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa. DirecTV subscribers will find them on channel 671 and Dish customers on channel 418 or 412-08.
2015 Royals FanFest shows on FOX Sports Kansas City and FOX Sports Midwest
Sunday, Feb. 8 at 9 p.m. (episode 1)
Monday, Feb. 9 at 5 p.m. (episode 1)
Tuesday, Feb. 10 at 3:30 p.m. (episode 1)
Friday, Feb. 13 at 5:30 p.m. (episode 1)
Friday, Feb. 13 at 6 p.m. (episode 2)
Sunday, Feb. 15 at 12 p.m. (episode 1)
Sunday, Feb. 15 at 12:30 p.m (episode 2)
Monday, Feb. 16 at 10 p.m. (episode 1)
Monday, Feb. 16 at 10:30 p.m. (episode 2)
Thursday, Feb. 19 at 9 p.m. (episode 1)
Thursday, Feb. 19 at 9:30 p.m. (episode 2)
The Royals announced today that the club has come to terms with left-handed pitcher Danny Duffy for the 2015 season, avoiding arbitration. Consistent with club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Duffy, 26, had an outstanding 2014 season, ranking fifth in the American League in ERA (2.53), fifth in opponents’ batting average (.209) and ninth in WHIP (1.11), to go with a 9-12 record in 31 appearances (25 starts). His .209 opponents’ average last season was the lowest by a Royals’ lefty and third-lowest in club history by a pitcher that threw more than 140.0 innings. The southpaw held opposing lefties to a .137 average (17-for-124), allowing just three extra-base hits (all doubles). Duffy made three postseason appearances out of the bullpen, earning the victory in Game 1 of the American League Division Series, pitching a scoreless 10th inning against the Angels in the 3-2 triumph. He’s 17-22 with a 3.67 ERA and a .241 opponents’ average, pitching in parts of four seasons with Kansas City.
The signing of Duffy leaves the Royals with three unsigned arbitration-eligible players: pitchers Kelvin Herrera and Greg Holland and first baseman Eric Hosmer.