Royals sign veteran RHP Joe Blanton to minor league deal

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.

Royals agree to terms with Greg Holland

Greg Holland_2337The 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.

Royals, Kelvin Herrera agree to two-year contract

kelvin herrera_6543The 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.

Royals FanFest shows to air on FOX Sports Kansas City

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
(times Central)
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)

Royals and Danny Duffy agree to terms for 2015 season

Duffy 4-19The 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.

Royals come to terms with Lorenzo Cain

The Royals followed this morning’s announcement of a deal with Mike Moustakas by announcing a one-year contract with Lorenzo Cain, avoiding arbitration.

Cain, 28, had an outstanding 2014 campaign, being named the Most Valuable Player in the American League Championship Series as well as the Les Milgram Player of the Year by the Kansas City Chapter of the BBWAA.  During the regular season, he set career highs in batting average (.301), games played (133), runs (55), hits (142), doubles (29), triples (4), RBI (53) and stolen bases (28).

Cain8272The veteran outfielder performed even better in the postseason, batting .333 with five doubles, eight RBI and 13 runs scored, which included a four-hit game in Game 2 of the ALCS in Baltimore.  Defensively, Cain earned a second-straight Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Award, collecting a career-high eight outfield assists, while he was third among American League outfielders with a .949 zone rating.

The signing leaves the Royals with four unsigned arbitration-eligible players: pitchers Danny Duffy, Kelvin Herrera and Greg Holland and first baseman Eric Hosmer.

Royals, Mike Moustakas agree to terms for 2015

Moustakas1010.1The Royals announced today that the club has agreed to terms on a one-year contract with third baseman Mike Moustakas for the 2015 season, avoiding arbitration.  Consistent with club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Moustakas, 26, hit 15 home runs last season, while batting .212 with 21 doubles and 54 RBI.  He enjoyed a tremendous postseason, blasting a team-record five homers, including the go-ahead roundtripper in Game 1 of the American League Division Series in Anaheim.  Moose hit safely in each of his first six playoff games and homered in the first two games of the ALCS at Baltimore’s Camden Yards.  He also made a memorable catch in Game 3 of the series, falling over the railing above the dugout suites at Kauffman Stadium to haul in a foul ball off the bat of Adam Jones.

The signing of Moustakas leaves the Royals with five unsigned arbitration-eligible players: pitchers Danny Duffy, Kelvin Herrera and Greg Holland, first baseman Eric Hosmer and outfielder Lorenzo Cain.

2015 Royals Caravan concludes with a visit to Fort Riley

The 2015 Royals Caravan made its final voyage today, stopping at Fort Riley before going on to Lawrence for tonight’s basketball game between KU and Iowa State.

Hall of Famer George Brett, Royals Hall of Famer Dennis Leonard, pitcher Jeremy Guthrie, broadcaster Rex Hudler and Sluggerrr met with troops from the Big Red One at Fort Riley.  They also presented the USO with a Royals Charities check for $10,000!


Royals Awards Photos

2014 award winners Lorenzo Cain, Wade Davis and Yordano Ventura took home the hardware today during FanFest.  Let’s take a look:


FanFest photos

While the final numbers aren’t in, over 20,000 tickets were sold for the two-day Royals FanFest.  Thank you to everyone who came out this weekend!FanFest6



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