Tag:Kansas City
Posted on: November 4, 2010 2:18 pm
Edited on: November 4, 2010 4:47 pm

Podsednik elects to become free agent

Podsednik Scott Podsednik has declined his half of a mutual option, making him a free agent as Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports.

The Dodgers earlier exercised their half, which would have brought Scotty Po back to town on a $2 million pact. Podsednik, traded to the Dodgers from Kansas City to replace Manny Ramirez, hit for a meaguer .262/.313/.336 line in L.A over 160 plate appearances. However, for the Royals, he was enjoying a fine season at .310/.353/.400 in 435 PA, stealing 35 bases in all.

Podsednik also had a fine year in 2009 for the White Sox, returning to a team that he won a World Series ring with in 2005 after his production had faded the previous three years.

The Dodgers likely would have used Podsednik as a fourth outfielder if their offseason had gone planned, as the 34-year-old is in-between being viable enough as a starter and a certain future as a backup.

Podsednik should be able to find a landing spot somewhere starting in 2011 for more than $2 million, but finding a multi-year deal seems unlikely.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: June 11, 2010 6:26 pm
Edited on: June 11, 2010 6:32 pm

Kansas City to get 2012 All-Star Game

The Kansas City Star says Bud Selig will be in Kansas City to officially name Kauffman Stadium the host of the 2012 All-Star Game.

Major League Baseball promised Kansas City an All-Star Game if it approved major renovations to the 38-year old stadium. Renovations were completed in time for the 2009 season and Selig will make it official on his visit.

The Royals start a three-game homestand against the Astros on Tuesday.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 8, 2010 6:44 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:30 am

Grandal had no pre-draft deal

Leading up to Monday night's first round of the MLB Draft, AOL Fanhouse's Frankie Piliere reported that there was a deal done between Miami catcher Yasmani Grandal and the Kansas City Royals. By Monday, word was the Royals weren't taking Grandal and when the picked fourth, they took Cal State Fullerton shortstop Christian Colon.

Grandal went 12th to the Cincinnati Reds.

On Tuesday, Grandal told reporters in Cincinnati, “I didn’t have any pre-draft deals. I had no clue what was going on. I don’t know where the rumor started. I didn’t speak the Royals or anybody.”

Grandal also denied reports that he was seeking "Buster Posey money" and he had signability issues.

"For the Reds to give me an opportunity, to be picked in the first round, it’s just great. I’m ready to go," Grandal said.

Grandal was 1-for-3 with two RBI in Miami's 10-3 victory over Texas A&M on Tuesday.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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