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The Kansas City Royals announced that the club will not tender 2010 Major League contracts to catcher John Buck and outfielder Josh Anderson. In addition, the Royals also reached agreements with right-handed pitchers Brian Bannister, Roman Colon and Kyle Davies on Major League contracts for 2010, avoiding arbitration. Consistent with club policy, terms of the deals were not disclosed.
Buck, 29, has spent his entire Major League career with the Royals after coming over in a trade from the Houston Astros in 2004. He batted .247 with eight home runs and 36 RBI in 59 games as KC’s backup catcher in 2009.
The 27-year old Anderson was acquired by the Royals on July 30 from the Detroit Tigers. He hit .237 for KC with 12 stolen bases in part-time duty.
The 28-year old Bannister posted a 7-12 mark for Kansas City in 2009, his third season with the Royals, recording a 4.73 ERA in 26 starts. He has recorded a 30-38 mark with a 4.79 ERA in 93 career games, 91 of which are starts.
Colon, 30, was 2-3 with a 4.83 ERA in 43 relief appearances for the Royals last season. Acquired by Kansas City on July 13, 2007, he has an 8-10 career record with a 4.97 ERA over 116 appearances (8 starts) for the Braves, Tigers and Royals.
Davies, 26, compiled an 8-9 record and a 5.27 ERA in 22 starts for KC last season. Acquired at the trading deadline in 2007 from the Atlanta Braves, Davies takes a 34-44 record and a 5.54 career ERA into next season.
The moves to non-tender Buck and Anderson currently place the Royals Major League 40-man roster at 38.
Newcomer Josh Anderson was born on August 10, 1982. He shares his birthday with Antonio Banderas (49), sausage proprietor Jimmy Dean (81) and former Cleveland slugger and Royals coach Rocky Colavito (76).
Roman Colon turned 30 on August 13. People born on the same day include Don Ho (79), Fidel Castro (83), Alfred Hitchcock (1899) and Annie Oakley (1860).
Royals Hall of Famer Mark Gubicza turned 47 on August 14. Yes, the man with 14 strikeouts in a game was born on the 14th! Fellow birthdays include comedian Steve Martin (64), Magic Johnson (50) and Halle Berry (43).
Last but certainly not least, Royals video coordinator Mark Topping celebrated his birthday on August 21. Topper shares his birthday with the world’s fastest man, Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt (23), and singer/gambler Kenny Rogers (71). The late Wilt Chamberlain, a University of Kansas product, was born on that date as well in 1936.
Rain or Shine
Zack Greinke has one win in his last nine starts, so you think he’d be pretty uptight and difficult to be around, right? According to manager Trey Hillman, his star pitcher is the exact same today as he was in April when he was attempting to rewrite the record books. “Zack is exactly the same person right now as he was early in the season, same temperament, demeanor, attitude, work ethic, character. Whether we are winning or losing, you know what you are going to get from Zack. He’s a professional who comes to win every time he takes the mound, no matter what his record indicates,” Hillman stated.
Anderson in Center
Royals outfielder and newcomer to the team Josh Anderson will take over in centerfield tonight. “We want to see him in center tonight, he’s been doing really well in practice and we think he is familiar enough now with the dimensions that it will translate onto the field. It’s the right time to see what Josh can do out there in centerfield,” Hillman said.
New Kid(s) on the Block
Newly acquired outfielder Josh Anderson spoke with the local media today for the first time since becoming a Kansas City Royal last Thursday. First and foremost was the health and status of his newly born son Easton Aaron Anderson. ‘My wife and child (Easton) are healthy and doing just fine, we are very blessed to have had such a healthy baby boy born yesterday morning at 8:11 a.m. in Somerset, Kentucky.” He went on to say that the name Easton is no way a reference to the sports-related brand name, nor does the middle name Aaron have anything to do with Hall of Fame great Hank Aaron.
Baseball was brought up in time and it was quickly made clear to reporters Anderson’s intentions and admiration for the Royals organization (mainly GM Dayton Moore) for giving him another shot at the big leagues. “I’m just glad to part of a team again, you never know in this game, I look forward to playing hard whenever called upon and I will do my best to contribute to this wonderful organization. Being in the big leagues is a great thing. I love playing the game of baseball. I just thank Dayton Moore and the Royals for giving me a second chance and standing by my family and I while our son was being born. They gave my family and I all the time we needed to go through this wonderful experience.”
Anderson was asked what his biggest asset is to the team, and where he thinks he’ll contribute the most. “My speed, I steal bases, use my legs to disrupt opponents and run down balls in the outfield, that is when I am most dangerous.” Royals fans, let me tell you, this gentlemen surely will not hurt the chemistry of this clubhouse, he was a class act to be around!
Manager Trey Hillman will be back for tonight’s game against the Seattle Mariners, although he couldn’t quite make it in time for the daily pregame media session. Hillman has been in Texas tending to family matters since Sunday night. “He is doing fine right now, we are really looking forward to having him back behind the bench tonight,” said bench coach John Gibbons.
The Royals have acquired outfielder Josh Anderson from the Detroit Tigers for cash considerations. Anderson’s reporting date has yet to be determined. The Royals will make a corresponding roster move at that time.
Anderson, 26, has spent the entire season with the Tigers, batting .242 (40-for-165) with four doubles, four triples, 16 RBI and 22 runs scored. In limited time, the speedster stole 13 bases in 15 attempts while playing at all three outfield spots. He was designated for assignment by Detroit on July 24.
The 6-foot-2, 195-pound left-handed hitter and right-handed thrower was acquired by Detroit from the Atlanta Braves on March 30 of this year for right-handed pitcher Rudy Darrow. A native of Eubank, Ky., Anderson was originally a fourth round pick of the Houston Astros in 2003 before being dealt to the Braves on November 16, 2007 for pitcher Oscar Villarreal. In his only year with the Braves organization in 2008, Anderson was named the Richmond (AAA) Player of the Year after hitting .314 with 25 doubles and 42 stolen bases. He made his Major League debut last season and is .283 career hitter with 24 steals in 28 attempts in 135 games.
We welcome Josh to the club!