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March 25, 2020 01:12 PM
Rockies' Chris Owings: In competition for roster spot
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Owings' versatility and strong spring performance could help earn a roster spot with Colorado, Thomas Harding of reports.

Owings joined the team on a minor-league deal this winter, but kept himself in line for a potential roster spot by hitting .360/.429/.560 across 28 Cactus League at-bats. His defensive versatility could also come into play, as he's capable of playing nearly every spot in the infield in addition to the outfield. He'll still likely have to beat out at least one of Brendan Rodgers (shoulder), Sam Hilliard and Garrett Hampson, leaving plenty of obstacles in his path to a big-league role.

January 3, 2020 08:32 PM
Rockies' Chris Owings: Lands with Rockies
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Owings signed a minor-league deal with the Rockies on Friday, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.

Moving to Coors Field is typically a boon to a player's fantasy value, but Owings will need a major improvement to even be worth a spot on a deep-league bench. The seven-year veteran has a wRC+ of just 68, with that number coming in at 52 and 13 over the last two seasons. His 2019 season was his worst one yet, as he struggled to an awful .139/.209/.233 slash line in 67 games for the Royals and Red Sox. His defensive flexibility could help earn him a roster spot in camp, but he'll need to show significant improvement at the plate if that's to happen.

October 21, 2019 03:52 PM
Chris Owings: Elects free agency
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Owings elected free agency Monday rather than accepting an assignment to Triple-A Pawtucket, Ian Browne of reports.

Owings had little reason to accept a minors assignment at this point rather than seeing what options were available to him this offseason. He's almost certainly going to be limited to minor-league offers this winter after hitting .139/.209/.233 in 67 games for the Royals and Red Sox this year.

September 27, 2019 06:16 AM
Red Sox's Chris Owings: Homers in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Owings started at shortstop and went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Thursday's 7-5 loss to the Rangers.

Owings has started four of the last five games, playing shortstop or second base, as the Red Sox wrap up a disappointing season. He's filled in all over the field for Boston, including playing all three outfield positions. Since his team was eliminated from playing in the postseason, Red Sox manager Alex Cora has thrown together some unconventional, and sometimes unrecognizable, lineups over the final two weeks of the season. Owings may get at-bats over the weekend, but it's hard to tell when or at which position.

August 11, 2019 06:24 PM
Red Sox's Chris Owings: Promoted, leading off against Halos
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Owings' contract was selected from Triple-A Pawtucket, and he is leading off and starting at second base Sunday against the Angels, Christopher Smith of reports.

He played second base, third base, shortstop and all three outfield spots while at Pawtucket, so Owings is seemingly prepared for a utility role with Boston. He hit .133 in 145 plate appearances with the Royals earlier this season and batted .325/.385/.595 with 11 home runs in 44 games with Pawtucket.

June 17, 2019 05:40 PM
Red Sox's Chris Owings: Links up with Red Sox
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Owings signed a minor-league contract with the Red Sox on Monday, Alex Speier of The Boston Globe reports.

Owings was released by the Royals earlier in the month after posting an anemic .133/.193/.222 slash line in 41 games. The utility man will get up to speed at the team's spring training facilities in Fort Myers before reporting to Triple-A Pawtucket.

June 4, 2019 04:04 PM
Chris Owings: Released by Royals
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Owings was released by the Royals on Tuesday.

Owings had a regular role for the Royals early in the season but lost it after posting an anemic .133/.193/.222 slash line in 41 games (good for a wRC+ of 8). His career line now sits at .242/.285/.368 through parts of seven seasons, leaving him an end-of-the-bench option at best.

May 31, 2019 02:28 PM
Royals' Chris Owings: DFA'ed by Kansas City
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Owings was designated for assignment by the Royals on Friday.

Owings saw a drastic reduction in playing time during May with only 39 at-bats in 12 games. The 27-year-old was slashing .133/.193/.222 with a 37.9 percent strikeout rate in 145 plate appearances this season, so it's hardly surprising for the Royals to want a new face on the 40-man roster. Cheslor Cuthbert had his contract selected from Triple-A Omaha in a corresponding move.

May 5, 2019 11:52 AM
Royals' Chris Owings: Losing out on playing time
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Owings is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Tigers, Jeffrey Flanagan of reports.

Owings finds himself on the bench for a second straight day and may be on the outs for a full-time role in the wake of Kelvin Gutierrez's emergence. With the hot-hitting Gutierrez drawing his ninth straight start at third base, Hunter Dozier has settled in at designated hitter while Jorge Soler shifts to right field, leaving no room in the lineup for Owings.

May 1, 2019 06:48 PM
Royals' Chris Owings: Heads to bench
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Owings is not in the lineup for Game 2 of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Rays.

Owings will head to the bench after going 0-for-3 with a pair of strikeouts in the first game of Wednesday's twin bill. Jorge Soler is starting in right field and batting cleanup.

April 27, 2019 03:08 PM
Royals' Chris Owings: On the bench Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Owings is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Angels.

Kelvin Gutierrez will make his major-league debut Saturday, leaving Owings as the odd man out of the lineup. The 27-year-old has gone 1-for-19 in his last five games, scoring only once during that time. In Owings' absence, Whit Merrifield will shift to second base, batting in the leadoff spot.

April 20, 2019 12:40 PM
Royals' Chris Owings: Sitting Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Owings is out of the lineup for Saturday's game against the Yankees.

With Whit Merrifield shifting to second base for the matinee game while Jorge Soler plays in right field, Owings will retreat to the bench. The 27-year-old has enjoyed a full-time role this season but has yet to do much with the steady at-bats, as he's slashing a miserable .182/.250/.303 through the club's first 20 contests.

April 18, 2019 05:40 PM
Royals' Chris Owings: Takes seat Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Owings is not in the lineup Thursday against the Yankees.

Owings will head to the bench for Thursday's series opener after starting the previous 10 games for the Royals, slashing .278/.350/.444 with a homer and two stolen bases during that stretch. Whit Merrifield will cover second base in place of Owings, with Jorge Soler starting in right field and Lucas Duda getting the nod at designated hitter.

April 16, 2019 01:56 PM
Royals' Chris Owings: Pops first homer
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Owings went 2-for-3 with a walk and a two-run home run in Monday's 5-4 loss to the White Sox.

It was Owings' first homer of the year. Owings is taking advantage of his opportunity at a starting role, hitting .310 (9-for-29) over the last eight games with two steals, four runs and six RBI while splitting time between second base and the outfield.

April 7, 2019 11:36 AM
Royals' Chris Owings: Heads to bench
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Owings is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Tigers, Jeffrey Flanagan of reports.

The Royals have regularly deployed Whit Merrifield in right field this season, thereby opening up an everyday role in the infield for Owings, who had started each of the team's first seven games. Owings will get his first day off of the campaign in the series finale, with Lucas Duda effectively replacing him in the starting nine.

March 31, 2019 09:44 AM
Royals' Chris Owings: May be main second baseman
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Owings will start at second base and hit sixth Saturday against the White Sox.

Widely expected to fill a utility role for the Royals to begin the season, Owings has opened the campaign with back-to-back starts at the keystone, with one coming against a lefty (Carlos Rodon) and the other versus a righty (Reynaldo Lopez). Though Whit Merrifield saw the bulk of the action at second base for the Royals in 2018, manager Ned Yost said that Merrifield would likely play right field more often than anticipated since it gives the team its best defensive outfield, per Jeffrey Flanagan of That represents good news for Owings, who could flirt with double-digit home runs and steals if he ends up receiving steady playing time.

March 4, 2019 12:08 AM
Royals' Chris Owings: Belts grand slam
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Owings went 1-for-3 with a grand slam, a walk and two runs scored Sunday against Cleveland.

Owings handed the Royals an 8-7 lead in the sixth inning by crushing a grand slam over the left-field wall. The 27-year-old is slated to take on a utility role for Kansas City this season, and his early power surge in spring training games certainly isn't hurting his bid for playing time. Owings has tagged two home runs and driven in five in 17 at-bats.

February 16, 2019 04:44 PM
Royals' Chris Owings: Set for sizable reserve role
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Manager Ned Yost said Owings will have a fairly regular role in the Royals' lineup, Rustin Dodd of The Athletic reports.

Owings signed with Kansas City in December after being let go by Arizona following an ugly 2018 season in which he slashed .206/.272/.302 in 309 plate appearances. The 27-year-old has major-league experience in the outfield as well as every infield spot other than first base, so the Royals are liable to move him around depending on the matchup. Owings' career .250/.291/.378 slash line doesn't inspire confidence he'll be able to make a major fantasy impact in 2019.

December 6, 2018 05:16 PM
Royals' Chris Owings: Inks deal with Royals
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Owings agreed to a contract with Kansas City on Wednesday, Robert Murray of The Athletic reports. Per Jon Heyman of, he will make $3 million plus incentives in 2019.

Owings was not tendered a contract by Arizona last week after making $3.4 million for the Diamondbacks in 2018. The utility man wasn't able to duplicate his steady performance from the previous two seasons, hitting just .206 with a disastrous .574 OPS across 309 plate appearances. He figures to serve as a fourth outfielder and reserve infielder. There's a path to playing time on the diamond should Owings correct his issues at the dish.

December 1, 2018 04:16 PM
Chris Owings: Heads to free agency
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Owings was not tendered a contract by Arizona for the 2019 season.

Owings made $3.4 million during this past season and likely could've remained within the organization for a similar price after a widely disappointing campaign, but the Diamondbacks elected to cut the utility player loose. Across 106 games in 2018, he slashed just .206/.272/.302 with four home runs, 22 RBI and 11 stolen bases. Due to his versatility around the diamond, Owings should be able to find a new home with a club that lacks depth.

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