The Royals announced today that the club has agreed to terms on 2014 Major League contracts with left-handed pitcher Justin Marks, right-handed pitchers Louis Coleman and Kelvin Herrera, infielders Cheslor Cuthbert, Mike Moustakas and Danny Valencia, and outfielder Lane Adams. Consistent with club policy, terms of the contracts were not disclosed.
Cuthbert, 21, split the 2013 season between Wilmington and Northwest Arkansas (AA), batting .247 with 37 doubles and eight homers in 124 games combined between the two stops. Moustakas, 25, batted .233 in 136 games for the Royals, collecting 26 doubles, 12 homers and 42 RBI. Valencia, 29, hit .304 with eight homers and 23 RBI in 52 games for the Baltimore Orioles last season.
Adams, 24, was named the George Brett Hitter of the Year as well as the Wilmington (A-Advanced) Blue Rocks Player of the Year in 2013.
Coleman, 27, posted a 3-0 record and an 0.61 ERA (2 ER in 29.2 IP) in 29 appearances for the Royals last season. He had a stretch of 21.0 consecutive scoreless innings at the Major League level. Herrera, 24, earned five victories out of the bullpen last season for Kansas City, posting a 3.86 ERA (25 ER in 58.1 IP) and 11.4 strikeouts per 9.0 IP. Marks, 26, made 22 starts combined between Northwest Arkansas and Omaha (AAA) last season, going 8-13 with a 4.34 ERA and 129 strikeouts in 141.0 minor league innings.
The Royals have 13players who remain unsigned for the 2014 season: right-handed pitchers Michael Mariot and Yordano Ventura, left-handed pitchers Francisley Bueno, Danny Duffy, Chris Dwyer, Donnie Joseph and John Lamb, infielders Pedro Ciriaco, Christian Colon and Johnny Giavotella, and outfielders Lorenzo Cain, Jarrod Dyson and Carlos Peguero.
The Royals announced today that they have claimed outfielder Jimmy Paredes (pronounced: pah-RAY-dis) off Waivers from the Baltimore Orioles. Paredes will be placed on the Royals’ 40-man roster. In a corresponding roster move, the club has designated right-handed pitcher Maikel Cleto for assignment.
Paredes, 25, has spent the last three seasons in the Houston Astros’ organization, playing 118 games at the Major League level since 2011. He hit .192 (24-for-125) with four doubles, a homer and 10 RBI last season for the Astros. The switch-hitting outfielder was originally signed by the New York Yankees as a non-drafted free agent in 2007. The Royals will be Paredes’ third team this offseason, having been claimed by the Miami Marlins on November 4, 2013, and then by the Orioles Saturday (February 15).
Cleto, 24, went 1-2 with a 3.55 ERA in 19 appearances for Triple-A Omaha last season.
The Royals announced today that the club has agreed to terms on a one-year contract with right-handed pitcher Greg Holland for the 2014 season, avoiding arbitration. Consistent with club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Holland, 28, enjoyed one of the best seasons ever by a Royals relief pitcher, going 2-1 with a club record 47 saves in 2013, while recording a 1.21 ERA. The right-handed hurler was selected to the American League All-Star team and was also named the Bruce Rice Pitcher of the Year by the Kansas City Chapter of the BBWAA. He also struck out 103 batters, tying a Royals relief record.
The Royals have now signed all arbitration-eligible players for 2014.
The Kansas City Royals announced today that the club has named former first baseman Mike Sweeney to the front office staff, carrying the job title of Special Assistant to Baseball Operations.
“We’re thrilled as an organization that Mike will be joining our baseball operations department,” Royals Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations/General Manager Dayton Moore said. “He’s a tremendous leader and I’m confident that he will impact our players and staff in positive way.”
Sweeney, 40, was a five-time American League All-Star with the Royals, whom he played with from 1995-2007 after being drafted in the 10th round in 1991 out of Ontario (Calif.) High School. Sweeney was a .297 career hitter with 325 doubles, 215 home runs, 909 RBI and 759 runs scored. He capped his playing career with the Oakland Athletics (2008), Seattle Mariners (2009-10) and Philadelphia Phillies (2010).
The club record holder for RBI in a season with 144 in 2000, Sweeney ranks in the top six all-time in Royals history in 17 offensive categories, including second in average (.299) and home runs (197). He narrowly missed winning the 2002 A.L. batting crown, hitting .340 in 2002, the second-highest single-season average in club history to George Brett’s .390 mark in 1980. Sweeney represented the Royals as an American League All-Star five times (2000-2003, 2005). He is joined by George Brett (13), Amos Otis (5) and Frank White (5) as the only players in club history to make five or more All-Star appearances.
“It’s a great honor to have played in the Kansas City organization for 20 years. To be welcomed back by the Glass family, Dayton Moore, Ned Yost and the entire staff is a dream come true for me,” said Sweeney. “The only thing I was unable to accomplish during my playing days was to bring October baseball back to Kansas City. With this new position, my goal is to do as much as I can to help the Royals get back to being one of the prized organizations in baseball, as it was in the 1980’s.”
A major snowstorm hit Kansas City on Tuesday, and while the snow has stopped, it is VERY COLD outside!
Nonetheless, members of Kansas City’s clubhouse, grounds crew and stadium services united on Wednesday to load the Spring Training truck. All of this gear is headed for the Spring Training Complex in Surprise, Arizona.
The Spring Training truck includes the items that you would expect (balls, bats, gloves) and unique items (like Jeremy Guthrie’s bike).
FOX Sports Kansas City will air two shows centered on the 2014 Royals FanFest, which drew a record-setting crowd to Bartle Hall in the downtown Kansas City Convention Center last weekend.
In the first show FOX Sports Kansas City’s Ryan Lefebvre interviews designated hitter Billy Butler, Joel Goldberg goes one-on-one with general manager Dayton Moore, and infielder Mike Moustakas reflects on his 2013 season and plans to improve in 2014. There’s also a recap of the Royals awards ceremony.
The second show includes an interview with manager Ned Yost, a feature on the Royals’ three Gold Glove winners, a tour of FanFest with Rex Hudler and a look at last week’s Royals Caravan.
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.
2014 Royals FanFest shows on FOX Sports Kansas City and FOX Sports Midwest
Wednesday, Feb. 5 at 9:30 p.m. (episode 1)
Thursday, Feb. 6 at 5:30 p.m. (episode 1)
Friday, Feb. 7 at 9:30 p.m. (episode 1)
Sunday, Feb. 9 at 9 p.m. (episode 2)
Sunday, Feb. 9 at 9:30 p.m. (episode 1)
Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 5:30 p.m. (episode 2)
Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 9 p.m. (episode 1)
Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 9:30 p.m. (episode 2)