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"A couple" baseball executives told ESPN's Jerry Crasnick they believe Logan Morrison "has his eye on the Royals as a landing spot."

That's if the Royals don't wind up re-signing Eric Hosmer, of course, and at this point it's looking like a distinct possibility that they do bring him back. A Kansas City native, Morrison said earlier this offseason that it "would be a dream come true" to play for the Royals. However, it's unclear at this point whether the Royals are viewing LoMo as a fallback option to Hosmer. Kansas City has been connected to Mark Reynolds previously.
Feb 9 - 12:19 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Royals "are looking at" Ryan Goins.

The slick-fielding Goins is a potential fit as a utility infielder behind Raul Mondesi, Whit Merrifield and Cheslor Cuthbert. The 29-year-old is a career .228/.275/.335 hitter over parts of five seasons in the majors. Heyman notes that the Royals are also considering bringing back Alcides Escobar.
Jan 5 - 1:46 PM

Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports the Royals have expressed interest in free agent Mark Reynolds.

Cotillo says the Rockies remain a "strong contender" to re-sign Reynolds, but Kansas City is viewing him as a good fallback plan if Eric Hosmer walks. There are also some other teams involved beyond the Rockies and Royals. Reynolds tallied 30 home runs and 97 RBI in 148 games this past season with Colorado, though he had a .977 OPS at Coors Field and a .703 OPS everywhere else. The veteran first baseman turns 35 years old late next summer.
Wed, Dec 13, 2017 08:52:00 AM

Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that the Giants, Royals, Athletics, Rays, and Blue Jays are among the teams believed to be keeping an eye on free agent outfielder Carlos Gonzalez.

There hasn't been much chatter about Gonzalez, but teams could look at him as a reasonable buy-low possibility. The thought is that he'll sign a short-term deal in hopes of reestablishing his value. The 32-year-old batted just .262/.339/.423 with 14 homers over 534 plate appearances in 2017.
Tue, Dec 12, 2017 01:22:00 PM

Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports that the Royals continue to show interest in Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley.

Bradford cautions that he's "not sure there's a match" given Boston's needs. Still, the club is at least listening to offers for their center fielder. The Royals are looking at him as a replacement with Lorenzo Cain likely to land a lucrative contract on the open market.
Mon, Dec 11, 2017 10:51:00 AM

According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com, the Indians, Royals, and Nationals have inquired on free agent Matt Adams.

The Nationals see Adams more as a bench bat while the Indians are looking at him as a fallback if they are unable to retain free agent Carlos Santana. The 29-year-old was recently non-tendered by the Braves after batting .274/.319/.522 with 20 homers and 65 RBI in 131 games between the Cardinals and Braves in 2017.
Mon, Dec 11, 2017 10:15:00 AM

Mariners claim RHP Mike Morin off of waivers from the Royals.

Morin recently had come to an agreement to avoid arbitration with Kansas City, agreeing to a split contract that will pay him $750,000 prorated while in the majors and $250,000 prorated in the minors. In 16 games with the Royals and Angels, he posted a 7.20 ERA with 16 strikeouts in 20 innings.
Fri, Dec 8, 2017 02:06:00 PM

MLB.com's Jon Morosi reports that Cameron Maybin is one of the options the Royals are considering for center field.

Kansas City doesn't seem to think it will be able to afford to retain Lorenzo Cain, but Maybin represents what should be a much cheaper fallback option. The 30-year-old batted .228/.318/.365 with 10 home runs and 33 stolen bases across 114 games for the Angels and Astros this past season.
Mon, Nov 13, 2017 02:32:00 PM

Logan Morrison told Jon Morosi of MLB Network Radio on Thursday that it "would be a dream come true" to play for the Royals.

That of course means very little as to where he will actually land in free agency, but the Royals could use a 1B/DH addition with Eric Hosmer likely departing and Morrison should come fairly cheap this winter even after slugging a career-best 38 home runs with the Rays in 2017. The 30-year-old is a native of Kansas City.
Thu, Nov 9, 2017 11:18:00 AM

USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that the Royals are in talks with the Blue Jays to acquire another starting pitcher.

Nightengale suggests that it could be Marco Estrada or J.A. Happ, and Chris Cotillo of SB Nation says Kansas City has been talking about Estrada "for weeks." Estrada, a 34-year-old impending free agent, owns a rough 5.43 ERA in 114 1/3 innings this season with Toronto. Happ, who's under contract through 2019, holds a 4.15 ERA in 78 frames.
Mon, Jul 31, 2017 02:25:00 PM

Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that the Brewers, Rockies, Royals and Yankees remain interested in Marlins' right-hander Dan Straily.

There were reports on Friday that the Marlins had pulled Straily back off of the trade market, but it may have been a ploy to generate interest. He owns a 3.84 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 107/33 K/BB ratio in 117 1/3 innings on the season.
Sat, Jul 29, 2017 10:52:00 AM

MLB Network's Jon Morosi reports that the Royals and Cardinals have had trade talks regarding Lance Lynn.

USA Today's Bob Nightengale reported earlier this month that the Royals have been "very aggressive" in talks with the Cards about Lynn. That was before they acquired Trevor Cahill, but it appears they're still intent on adding rotation help. Morosi did note, though, that it's "unclear if there is momentum toward a deal." ESPN's Buster Olney reported earlier Friday that while Lynn is "among the most coveted starters in the market," teams are waiting on a "clear indication" from St. Louis that they intend to trade the right-hander.
Fri, Jul 28, 2017 05:34:00 PM

According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, the Royals are making progress toward acquiring Francisco Liriano.

USA Today's Bob Nightengale reported Wednesday that Royals and Blue Jays were talking and now it appears as though a swap may be imminent. Liriano has registered a poor 5.99 ERA, 1.67 WHIP, and 70/42 K/BB ratio in 76 2/3 innings (17 starts) this season for Toronto. He should come rather cheap.
Thu, Jul 27, 2017 03:17:00 PM

USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that the Royals are in talks with the Blue Jays about a trade for Francisco Liriano.

Liriano owns an ugly 5.99 ERA, 1.67 WHIP, and 70/42 K/BB ratio through 76 2/3 innings (17 starts) this season with Toronto, but the Royals don't have the kind of high-level prospects necessary to pursue big-ticket arms -- especially after acquiring Trevor Cahill, Brandon Maurer, and Ryan Buchter on Monday from the Padres. Liriano, 33, is owed around $4.5 million in the final year of a three-year, $39 million deal.
Wed, Jul 26, 2017 10:15:00 AM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Giants are hoping to finalize a contract with Pablo Sandoval on Friday.

Heyman says it's "still the expectation" that Sandoval will sign with the Giants, but he adds that the Royals and other teams have also shown interest. It will be a minor league deal for Sandoval, who was released by the Red Sox with $49 million left on his contract after hitting just .237/.286/.360 over parts of three seasons.
Fri, Jul 21, 2017 09:17:00 AM

USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that the Royals have been "very aggressive" in trade talks with the Cardinals regarding Lance Lynn.

He notes that Kansas City has been "very aggressive" in talks for Sonny Gray, as well, as they seem dead set on adding rotation help before the deadline. Nightengale also adds that the Cardinals have told teams that "they may buy and sell at the same time." Lynn would make sense as a guy that they'd sell as an impending free agent, as they have some viable options to plug into their rotation like Luke Weaver and Tyler Lyons.
Mon, Jul 17, 2017 04:10:00 PM

USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that the Astros are "still the favorites" for Sonny Gray.

Nightengale notes, however, that the Brewers "may be the most aggressive team" in trade talks involving Gray and the Royals have been "very aggressive," as well. Gray is a shoo-in to be dealt before the end of the month, whether it's to one of the aforementioned three clubs or somewhere else. He's under team control through 2019.
Mon, Jul 17, 2017 04:07:00 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Royals have interest in Jaime Garcia "and other rental pitchers."

Garcia has had an up-and-down 2017 with a 4.55 ERA and 74/37 K/BB ratio over 99 innings, but he makes sense for Kansas City as they look to stabilize the back end of their rotation. Adding a pitcher such as Garcia would allow the Royals to move Travis Wood back to the bullpen. Garcia will be a free agent this winter and shouldn't cost too much in a trade.
Fri, Jul 14, 2017 10:16:00 AM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Angels, Blue Jays and Royals are three teams "that have at least mentioned" Dee Gordon in trade talks with the Marlins.

USA Today's Bob Nightengale was first to report on Sunday that at least three clubs had inquired on Gordon, and Heyman has the identities of those teams. The Marlins are certainly in sell mode and Gordon is one asset they'd like to unload with $37.9 million guaranteed remaining on his contract. The 29-year-old is batting .295/.342/.358 with 32 steals this season and is a terrific defensive second baseman.
Mon, Jul 10, 2017 08:49:00 PM

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports the Royals have reached a deal with RHP Neftali Feliz.

Feliz was terrible with the Brewers earlier this year but perhaps he'll benefit from a change of scenery. The right-hander has a proven track record with 107 big league saves. In Kansas City, he'll fill a setup role in front of closer Kelvin Herrera.
Thu, Jun 22, 2017 11:42:00 PM


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