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The Blue Jays expect Tuesday's doubleheader with the Royals to go on as scheduled.

Monday's game was postponed due to safety concerns after the roof at Rogers Centre was damaged from ice that fell off CN Tower, but the team announced Tuesday that there's "no material structural damage, no active leaks, and no further impediments to fan or player safety." As such, the Blue Jays will go ahead with plans for Tuesday's doubleheader. Jaime Garcia and Eric Skoglund will pitch in the first game while J.A. Happ and Danny Duffy will square off in the nightcap.
Apr 17 - 11:36 AM

Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reports that the Royals are closing in on a deal with Ricky Nolasco.

Financial terms are not yet known, but Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports the two sides are discussing a minor league contract. Nolasco was with the Angels last season and they made a quick decision to decline his $13 million option for 2018 after the 35-year-old right-hander registered a 4.92 ERA and 1.45 WHIP in 181 innings. He should compete for a spot in the back of the Kansas City rotation.
Mar 7 - 4:30 PM

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that Neil Walker turned down a minor league contract from the Royals.

It's yet another example of how weird the market has been this offseason that Walker would even have to entertain accepting a minor league deal. Injuries have limited the veteran second baseman to fewer than 120 games each of the last two seasons, but he's sported a healthy .274/.355/.458 batting line during that span. The 32-year-old should be able to land a major league contract from someone, but he's running out of time.
Source: Boston Globe
Mar 4 - 10:46 AM

Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that Logan Morrison turned down an offer from the Royals before signing with the Twins.

Morrison is from Kansas City, and he was quoted earlier in the offseason saying that he'd love to play for his hometown team. It's unknown how much the Royals offered Morrison, but it's likely he received more cash along with a better chance to win from the Twins. The Royals signed Lucas Duda to play first base on Wednesday at one year, $3.5 million. LoMo got a one-year, $6.5 million deal and a vesting option for 2019.
Feb 28 - 7:46 PM

Robert Murray of FanRag Sports reports that free agent Lucas Duda has agreed to a deal with the Royals.

It's a one-year, $3.5 million deal, per Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. Duda struggled to attract meaningful interest this winter despite posting an .818 OPS with a career-high 30 home runs in 127 games last season between the Mets and Rays. Such is life for a 1B/DH type in this modern baseball landscape. He should see something close to everyday playing time this season with the rebuilding Royals.
Feb 28 - 10:16 AM

Rustin Dodd of the Kansas City Star writes that it is "unlikely" the Royals will sign free agent Logan Morrison.

Morrison is a Kansas City native and the Royals have been tied to him at various points this offseason, but it doesn't sound like the 30-year-old slugger is a serious consideration at this juncture. "We’ve always admired his ability," Royals GM Dayton Moore said of Morrison on Tuesday. "But again, I go back to the economic part of it. That’s very real to us. That’s very real." Maybe if the asking price falls further this story could change. Morrison posted a career-best .868 OPS, 38 homers, and 85 RBI over 149 games with the Rays in 2017.
Feb 20 - 5:01 PM

"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


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