Kansas City Royals

Stadium: Kauffman Stadium | Manager: Ned Yost
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Royals' Moore: Alex Rios capable of hitting 40 doubles at Kauffman
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Royals general manager Dayton Moore told MLB Network Radio on Thursday that he feels Kauffman Stadium will be great for outfielder Alex Rios, who was signed to a one-year deal in the offseason.

"We tried to acquire Torii Hunter. When that fell through, with Alex Rios, we felt he fit our ballpark and style of play," Moore said. "He is capable of hitting 40 doubles."

Rios has hit .271 with a .335 on-base percentage, .429 slugging percentage, .763 OPS, three triples, five home runs, 12 doubles and 15 RBI in 53 career games at Kauffman Stadium.

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Royals GM Moore: It's doubtful we bring back James Shields
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Royals general manager Dayton Moore is well aware that starting pitcher James Shields remains unsigned, according to MLB Network Radio.

"I can't say it hasn't crossed my mind [to try and bring him back]," Moore said Thursday. "Right now with Edinson Volquez, we feel rotation will be solid. 

"At this point in time, though, it's doubtful we bring back James."

Shields spent the last two seasons with the Royals. He went 27-17 with a 3.18 ERA in 68 starts for Kansas City. Shields is reportedly looking for a five-year, $125 million contract.

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Report: Royals SP prospect Zimmer slated for followup exam Mon.
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Royals starting pitcher prospect Kyle Zimmer, who underwent underwent arthroscopic shoulder surgery in late October, can begin his throwing program this week, according to The Kansas City Star. He was scheduled for a followup exam on his shoulder Monday in New York City.

Zimmer has been rehabbing at the team's spring complex in Arizona all offseason.

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Report: James Shields seeking five-years, $125 million
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

Former Royals pitcher James Shields is seeking a five-year, $125 million deal, according to the USA Today

There were rumors Shields had received an offer worth $110 million earlier in the offseason, but turned it down because he didn't want to pitch for that club. It's unclear whether another team will pony up the cash for the 33-year-old. Though Shields is seeking a six-figure deal, teams are hoping to something closer to four-years, $80 million will get the job done. The Diamondbacks, Tigers and Blue Jays have all been mentioned as candidates for Shields recently.

Shields is coming off a season in which he posted a 3.21 ERA over 227 innings. 

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Report: Royals' Jarrod Dyson files for $1.6 million
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

Royals outfielder Jarrod Dyson has filed for $1.6 million in arbitration, while the team has offered $900,000, 16 WAPT Sports reports.

Dyson is in his first year of arbitration eligibility this offseason. He hit .269/.324/.327 with one home run, 24 RBI and 36 stolen bases in 260 at-bats in 2014.

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2014 Team Leaders
AVGNorichika Aoki , RF.285
HRAlex Gordon , LF19
RBIAlex Gordon , LF74
OBPAlex Gordon , LF.351
SLGAlex Gordon , LF.432
RAlex Gordon , LF87
SBJarrod Dyson , CF36
WJames Shields , SP14
ERAYordano Ventura , SP3.20
WHIPJames Shields , SP1.18
KJames Shields , SP180
SVGreg Holland , RP46
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