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The Royals announced today that former infielder Chris Getz will join the club’s front office staff as a Baseball Operations Assistant/Player Development. He will assist in player personnel and development responsibilities.
Getz, 31, played in 10 games with Toronto last year after signing with them as a free agent during the offseason, and officially retired as a player on May 16. He spent the previous four years with the Royals (2010-13), playing a career high 118 games in 2011, while he hit a career-best .275 with 10 doubles, three triples, 22 runs scored and 11 stolen bases in 2012. He was originally drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the fourth round of the 2005 First-Year Player Draft and played his first two Major League seasons (2008-09) in Chicago. He was traded to the Royals on November 5, 2009, coming over with infielder Josh Fields for infielder/outfielder Mark Teahen.
Getz and his wife, Nicole, have an infant son, Luke, who was born in June of this year.
The Royals announced today that the club will not tender a 2014 Major League contract to infielder Chris Getz, making him a free agent. The Royals’ Major League roster now stands at 39 players.
Getz, 30, joined the Royals in a 2009 trade with the Chicago White Sox. He batted .220 with 18 RBI and 16 stolen bases in 78 games with KC in 2013.
The Royals’ skipper, Ned Yost, met with the media prior to tonight’s contest with the Detroit Tigers. In what was a short media conference, Yost first addressed questions regarding the return of injured second baseman Chris Getz. Yost stated that Getz was cleared by the league to play just before game time last night, and will be available today. Yost then discussed the adaptation that catcher Salvador Perez will undergo to limit the possibility of further blows from foul tips. The manager stated that Perez will try to situate himself six to twelve inches closer to the batter to change the angle of possible deflections. Perez may also try a hockey style mask versus the traditional style he normally wears.
The Royals and Tigers meet for the second game of the three game set, with series finale tomorrow at 1:10 pm. Kansas City and Detroit have split the season series 7-7.
By Henry Wear
Baseball and travel go hand in hand. We’ve featured travel and geography on this blog through fan photos in our Around the World posts. We interviewed an opposing coach who appeared on The Amazing Race with his daughter. And we asked Royals which teammate would make the best contestant on The Amazing Race. When we posed that question to second baseman Chris Getz in March, 2012, little did we know that his wife, Nicky, would be a contestant on the show. Nicky will share the television experience with Kim DeJesus, wife of former Royal and current Tampa Bay Rays outfielder David DeJesus. Congrats to Nicky and Kim, who are featured in a “Meet the Teams” video on CBS.com! The new season premieres Sunday, September 29 on CBS.
The Royals have 106 stolen bases on the season, which is most in the American League. Today at Ned Yost’s afternoon press conference the manager was asked how important stealing bases and baserunning in general is for this team. “It’s important. The more scoring opportunities we have, hopefully, the more runs we are going to score. It hasn’t worked out like that lately but you still have to put yourself in the best positions to score runs and take advantage of a big hit.”
Since returning from the disabled list on August 12th, Chris Getz has been hitting the ball well, to the tune of .364 batting average. The skipper explained this afternoon why he has inserted Getz in tonight’s leadoff role. “The reason you are seeing Getz at the top of the lineup today is because he has been swinging the bat very well. He has been working the count extremely well since he has been back. He is seeing pitches and doing everything you want a leadoff guy to do,” said Yost.
Mike Moustakas is returning to the lineup for only the second time since leaving the August 12 game with a tight left calf. Yost said his third baseman is probably still at 80-85% but thinks he should be able to play through the tightness.
By Kent Klooster
There are not too many days during the season when Alex Gordon’s name is not in the lineup but today is one of those days. Ned Yost told reporters at his afternoon press conference that Gordon is out because Alex’s wife Jamie just gave birth to a baby boy, who joins big brother Max. He noted he thought Gordon would be back in the lineup tomorrow. Congratulations to the Gordon family!
The skipper was also asked how he will use new addition, Jamey Carroll, along with Chris Getz, who was activated from the disabled list today. “We will kind of use a platoon situation but there will be days Jamey will play against certain right-handers. We will just go day-to-day. They are both solid players. They are not flashy but they do a lot of things that go unnoticed. They will move a runner or have a sacrifice. At the end of the day they will have done two or three things that you really need to do,” said Yost.
Carroll and Justin Maxwell both came from struggling teams to a team that is 18-5 since the All-Star break and is in playoff contention. Ned was asked how those guys feel about joining a winning team. “One. They were tremendously excited about the situation. Two. They were excited because they see how much fun we have. They see the style we play with and the energy and athleticism we have on the field. They are excited to be a part of it.”
Royals skipper Ned Yost met with the media prior to today’s series finale with the Tigers. Yost first addressed the status of second baseman Chris Getz following his knee injury in last night’s contest. Yost stated that if the club needs Getz in an emergency, he is available today.
Yost then spoke of the ability of the bullpen to handle high leverage situations on a daily basis. “It’s just about every day that they come in to high leverage situations, if look at the number of one run or two run games that we play.” Yost went on to say that the staff has confidence in themselves to be able to succeed in any game situation they come in to.
Yost concluded by discussing what it would mean to the club to sweep the division leader. “Our guys play hard every day. We lost two in New York and three in Cleveland, they didn’t lose their confidence. It wasn’t a confidence issue, they were mad that that happened. These guys have confidence in their abilities and confidence in each other as a team. Our goal every day is to win every single day. We feel like we can compete with them, a game in the standings is huge.”
The Royals wrap up the series with the Tigers today and welcome the Orioles tomorrow evening for a three-game set.
The Royals are back at Kauffman Stadium after an eleven day stint away from the friendly confines. The team has made a few roster moves since the last homestand and Ned Yost discussed the most recent transactions at his afternoon press conference. One of the moves the skipper was asked about was deciding to recall Chris Getz and option Johnny Giavotella back to Omaha. “Getz was swinging the bat well down there (Omaha). We are looking for offense. We made the same move when Johnny was swinging the bat well and Getz was struggling. This is the same thing here. We are just trying to take advantage of the hot bat,” said the manager.
Yost went on to talk about why they need hot bats in the lineup, “One big hit can make a difference in the game. That is why we have to have as many hot bats in the game as we can. We are trying to put our best foot forward this second half. In some cases we can’t afford to wait two or three weeks for a guy to produce. If I have the option of playing a guy with a hot bat, that is the option I am going to take.”
The Kansas City Royals announced today that the club has agreed to terms on a one-year Major League contract with second baseman Chris Getz for the 2013 season, avoiding arbitration. Consistent with club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed. The signing of Getz leaves right-handed pitcher Luke Hochevar as the club’s only unsigned arbitration-eligible player.
Getz, 29, batted .275 with 17 RBI and nine stolen bases in 64 games for Kansas City in 2012. He spent three stints on the disabled list due to various injuries, including a left thumb fracture which ended his season on August 17. The Royals were 30-25 in his 55 starts. Getz was acquired in a trade with the Chicago White Sox on November 5, 2009.
The Royals announced on Monday that the club has agreed to terms one-year Major League contracts with infielder Chris Getz and catcher Brayan Pena, avoiding arbitration. Consistent with club policy, terms of the contracts were not disclosed. The Royals now have five remaining arbitration-eligible players: pitchers Luke Hochevar, Felipe Paulino and Jonathan Sanchez; and outfielders Alex Gordon and Mitch Maier.
Getz, 28, batted .255 (97-for-380) with six doubles, 26 RBI and 21 stolen bases in 118 games for the Royals in 2011. He was acquired by Kansas City in a trade with the Chicago White Sox on November 6, 2009. Born in Southfield, Mich., he now resides in Grosse Pointe, Mich.
Pena, who just turned 30 on January 7, batted .248 (55-for-222) with 11 doubles, three home runs and 24 RBI in 72 games for the Royals in 2011. Pena set career highs in games played, at bats, hits, doubles and RBI. He was acquired by Kansas City in a waiver claim from the Atlanta Braves on May 30, 2008. Born in Havana, Cuba, he now resides in Miami, Fla.