Royals on FSKC: Dish channel numbers, March 25, 27 and 28

Wednesday, March 25: Dish 446 or 412-34

Friday, March 27: Dish 442 or 412-30

Saturday, March 28: Dish 444 or 412-32

As always, Royals games will air on DirecTV 671-5 and AT&T U-verse 750 (SD) and 1750 (HD).

Royals announce spring roster moves for March 18

The Royals announced several roster moves prior to today’s Spring Training game against the Milwaukee Brewers.  The Royals have optioned pitcher Aaron Brooks, infielder Orlando Calixte and outfielders Lane Adams and Jorge Bonifacio to Triple-A Omaha.  The club also reassigned eight players – pitchers Buddy Baumann, Brian Broderick, Casey Coleman and Joe Paterson, infielders Hunter Dozier, Matt Fields and Raul Mondesi and outfielder Bubba Starling – to minor league camp.

Following today’s roster moves, the Royals have 46 active players in Major League Spring Training, which includes 35 players from the 40-man roster and 11 non-roster invitees.

Spring Training Photos: First Intrasquad Game

Just four months ago (October 29), the Royals were playing in Game 7 of the World Series.  The offseason went quickly as today marked the first game of sorts for KC since that night as the Royals played an intrasquad contest in Surprise.

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Spring Training photos: The Right Stuff

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Spring Training photos: Autographs

A visit to Spring Training allows fans to watch their favorite Royals at field level.  A few young fans had the opportunity to get autographs from Brandon Finnegan and Kris Medlen today.

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Spring Training photos: New Royal Alex Rios

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Mike Sweeney elected to Royals Hall of Fame

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:

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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.

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