In the spring of 2004, the Royals gave their pre-arbitration shortstop, Alcides Escobar, an $11m, 4 year contract extension. This afternoon, the Royals gave their pre-arbitration shortstop a $10.5m, 4 year extension. Last time around, the Royals were re-upping the reigning AL Rookie of the Year Angel Berroa who has just finished his first full […]

In September, 2008, Sarah wrote a post for MLB Trade Rumors speculating that the Braves might trade Jeff Francoeur to the Royals. She wasn’t the only one. Joe Posnanski and the AJC’s David O’Brien also said Frenchy would end up in Kansas City. The speculation made sense. Frenchy never lived up to the hype in […]

    This is one in a series of posts in which we investigate teams’ offseason dealings, and unravel the most intriguing ones. What does a team that sports the worst offense in its division do during the offseason? Well, apparently they try to amass the most cast-offs they can from the only other team […]

We’ve said it before and we’ll doubtless say it again, but KC needs players who can take a walk. The Royals were next to last in OBP and walks in 2009. Power was a problem, too. Kansas City was last in home runs. And don’t forget about the defense. Kansas City’s fielders were arguably the […]

Via Bob Dutton (KC’s beat reporter)’s twitter feed: Hearing the #Royals have upped offer to C Jason Kendall to two years in hopes of eliminating competition. I have no idea if this is true. But if it is, it almost makes me glad to be a Mets fan.

In what has otherwise been a disastrous season for the Kansas City Royals, 23-year-old first baseman Billy Butler has had a breakout season, with an .842 OPS. But perhaps most impressively of all, Butler is on pace to hit 49 doubles. The list of players who have hit at least 49 doubles in their age […]

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December 5, 2011

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