Royals agree to terms with 10 players on one-year contracts for 2014

The Kansas City Royals announced today that the club has agreed to terms on 2014 Major League contracts with left-handed pitchers Francisley Bueno, Chris Dwyer, Donnie Joseph and John Lamb, right-handed pitchers Michael Mariot and Yordano Ventura, infielders Pedro Ciriaco and Christian Colon, and outfielders Lorenzo Cain and Jarrod Dyson.  Consistent with club policy, terms of the contracts were not disclosed.
Bueno, 32, did not allow a run in seven relief appearances for the Royals last season, earning a win over Boston on August 9.  Dwyer, 25, made his Major League debut for KC last season and went 10-11 with a 3.55 ERA at Triple-A Omaha.  Joseph, 26, also made his MLB debut in 2013, pitching at Yankee Stadium on July 11.  Lamb, 23, made 22 minor league starts between Class A Wilmington and Omaha.  Mariot, 25, served as Omaha’s closer last season, going 4-5 with 11 saves and a 3.56 ERA in 47 appearances.  Ventura, 22, made his first three Major League starts for Kansas City at the end of last season, going 0-1 with a 3.52 ERA.

Ciriaco, 28, was claimed off waivers by the Royals from San Diego on July 16, and hit .281 with eight doubles and 19 runs scored in 43 games at Triple-A Omaha. Colon, 24, ranked eighth in the Pacific Coast League in hits (140), batting .273 with 12 homers and 58 RBI for the Storm Chasers.  Cain, 27, played in a career-high 115 games for the Royals last year, hitting .251 with 21 doubles, three triples, four homers, 14 stolen bases and 46 RBI.  Dyson, 29, ranked seventh in the A.L. with 34 steals last year and became the first Royals player with consecutive 30-plus steal seasons since Carlos Beltran did it three-straight years (2001-03).

Spring Training Photos: Pitcher Fielding Practice

The early days of Spring Training feature regular drills, including fielding practice for the pitchers (PFPs).  Let’s take a look:

Jason Vargas in his ready position.

Jason Vargas in his ready position.

Francisley Bueno makes a play on a pop up.

Francisley Bueno makes a play on a pop up.

2012 first-round pick Kyle Zimmer goes vertical.

2012 first-round pick Kyle Zimmer goes vertical.

Jason Adam

Jason Adam

Kelvin Herrera

Kelvin Herrera

Tim Collins

Tim Collins

Yordano Ventura and Bruce Chen congratulate one another on a job well done.

Yordano Ventura and Bruce Chen congratulate one another on a job well done.

Spring Training Photos: Monday’s intrasquad game

Intrasquad games bring out a little friendly competition in Spring Training.  Let’s take a look:

Alex Gordon steps up to the plate.  It's an intrasquad game, so Gordo flashed a smile.

Alex Gordon steps up to the plate. It’s an intrasquad game, so Gordo flashed a smile.

Evaluations do take place in intrasquad games.  Royals Hall of Fame scout Art Stewart charts the pitches.

Evaluations do take place in intrasquad games. Royals Hall of Fame scout Art Stewart tracked the game closely.

New Royal Omar Infante raced down the line to first.

New Royal Omar Infante raced down the line to first.

Non-roster invitee Paulo Orlando showcased his power with a home run.

Non-roster invitee Paulo Orlando showcased his power with a home run.

Newcomer Carlos Peguero circles the bases after an opposite field home run.

Newcomer Carlos Peguero circles the bases after an opposite field home run.

The moment of impact as bat meets ball:  Catcher Juan Graterol

The moment of impact as bat meets ball: Catcher Juan Graterol

Double Gold:  Alex Gordon and Eric Hosmer chat at first base.  They'll be back on the same team when Cactus League play starts on Thursday.

Double Gold: Alex Gordon and Eric Hosmer chat at first base. They’ll be back on the same team when Cactus League play starts on Thursday.

“Royals Fans Got Talent” set for March 8

Royals fans – here’s your chance to showcase your musical talent:
The Royals will hold the fifth annual “Royals Fans Got Talent” auditions on Saturday, March 8 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Kauffman Stadium.  Bands, choirs, groups, musicians and individual singers are invited to audition for National Anthem, “God Bless America” and “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” opportunities during the 2014 season.

Auditions will be conducted on a first-come, first-served format.  Fans are encouraged to complete paperwork prior to the audition by visiting royals.com/perform.  All National Anthem, “God Bless America” and “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” performances must be 90 seconds or less and in the traditional version of the song.  Performers are responsible for all set-up and break-down of materials needed to audition and both must be completed during the allotted 90 seconds.  All performances must be done a cappella.  Pyrotechnics or harmful materials are prohibited.  All participants will audition on a volunteer basis with the understanding that no compensation will occur for their participation.  All talent is subject to approval by the Royals.

For more information on the 2014 “Royals Fans Got Talent” auditions, please call (816) 504-4436 or email perform@royals.com.

Spring Training photos: KC area native Jason Adam

Many young baseball players dream of suiting up for the hometown team.  Today we highlight a pitcher who is on his way to realizing that dream – Jason Adam of Overland Park, Kansas.  The Royals selected Jason in the fifth round of the 2010 June Draft out of Blue Valley Northwest High School.  Baseball America has ranked the righty among KC’s top 10 prospects in each of the last three seasons.  Adam has worked his way through the system, pitching at Kane County (A) in 2011, Wilmington (High-A) in 2012 and Northwest Arkansas (AA) in 2013.  2014 marks his first invitation to Major League Spring Training.

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Royals single-game tickets on sale this Saturday, March 1

Single-game tickets for the Royals 2014 season, including a limited number of Opening Day tickets, will go on sale Saturday, March 1 at 10 a.m.
Single-game tickets will also be available by phone at 1-800-6ROYALS, online at http://www.royals.com or at the Kauffman Stadium Box Office.  The 26 metro-area Hy-Vee stores, including Lawrence, Manhattan and Topeka, Kan., and St. Joseph, Mo., will also continue to offer a limited number of Opening Day tickets, as well as selling tickets for the remaining 80 home games.

Fans who choose not to use the club’s convenient online, phone or Hy-Vee outlet options, and plan instead to purchase tickets at Kauffman Stadium on March 1,  may begin arriving at Kauffman Stadium that morning no earlier than 8:30 a.m. and park in Lot M.  Please note that overnight camping at the Truman Sports Complex will not be permitted.

The Royals will implement a random drawing procedure for purchasing tickets at Kauffman Stadium on March 1.  Fans wishing to take part in the random drawing must obtain a wristband at the Gate C lobby on Thursday, February 27 (noon to 5 p.m.), Friday, February 28 (noon to 5 p.m.) or Saturday, March 1 (8:30 to 9:15 a.m.).  There is no advantage to collecting a wristband early within this time frame.  On March 1, any fan that does not have a wristband will be in a second line behind the fans with wristbands.  The drawing to determine line order will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, and tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m.  Fans taking part in the random drawing will be able to purchase up to four Opening Day seats, while supplies last.  Please note that a wristband does not guarantee the opportunity to purchase Opening Day tickets.

On Saturday, March 1, the Kauffman Stadium Box Office will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., or fans may place their orders by phone from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.  Beginning Sunday, March 2, phone operators will be available from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week.

The Royals will continue its variable pricing structure for all single-game sales in 2014, as games will be categorized as value, regular, marquee or premier games.  In addition, the club will employ its dynamic pricing structure for all 81 home games.  Please note that the dynamic pricing structure affects the sale of individual game tickets only and does not affect the sale of season tickets.  Season Ticket Holders will continue to receive substantial savings over individual game ticket prices.

In addition to single-game tickets, season ticket packages are currently available at http://www.royals.com and by calling (816) 504-4040, option 2.  Fans can guarantee Opening Day tickets with the purchase of a Full Season, Half Season or 21-game plan.

Spring Training photos: Slide time

Spring Training includes a variety of drills.  First base coach Rusty Kuntz is also the club’s baserunning instructor.  Let’s take a look at Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas and Alcides Escobar taking part in Rusty’s slide drill:

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Spring Training photos: Autograph time

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Spring Training photos: Infielders

In this set of photos, we move around the infield, with a focus on offseason acquisition Omar Infante.

Alcides Escobar, Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas await their turn at batting practice.

Alcides Escobar, Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas await their turn at batting practice.

Omar Infante

Omar Infante

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Spring Training photos: Nori Aoki

Royals photographer Chris Vleisides is in Surprise.  He sent photos of Saturday’s practice, including a look at new right fielder Nori Aoki.

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