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Royals' Rosell Herrera: Cast off 40-man
Herrera was designated for assignment by the Royals on Tuesday, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
Herrera was cast off Kansas City's 40-man roster in order to free up a spot for Terrance Gore, who was signed to a split contract. The 26-year-old appeared in 86 big-league games in 2018, hitting .234/.386/.317 with one homer and three steals.... See More ... See Less
Royals' Terrance Gore: Returns to Kansas City
Gore signed a major-league contract with the Royals on Tuesday.
Gore is set to rejoin the Royals -- who drafted him back in 2011 -- after finishing off the 2018 campaign with the Cubs. The 27-year-old has primarily served as a pinch runner at the major-league level, as evidenced by the fact that he has more steals (27) than plate appearances (19) across parts of five major-league seasons (63 games). Gore doesn't project as more than a pinch runner or defensive replacement at this point.... See More ... See Less
Royals' Samir Duenez: Signs minor-league deal with Royals
Duenez returned to the Royals on a minor-league contract Monday.
Duenez has topped out at Double-A over the last three seasons, hitting .282/.357/.463 in 80 games for Northwest Arkansas last season. He doesn't have any standout tools, so he'll have to take a jump forward to project as anything more than a backup, but he's still just 22, so such a jump can't be completely ruled out.... See More ... See Less
Royals' Jason Adam: Back in Kansas City
Adam returned to the Royals on a minor-league deal Monday.
The reliever got his first taste of big-league action in 2018 and failed to impress, stumbling to a 6.12 ERA in 32.1 innings. His 26.1 percent strikeout rate was above-average and his 10.6 percent walk rate didn't sink his season on its own, but his very low 25.3 percent groundball rate led to him allowing nine homers. He'll likely be organizational depth again for the Royals in 2019 unless he can figure out how to keep the ball in the yard.... See More ... See Less
Royals' Bubba Starling: Returns to Royals
Starling signed a minor-league contract with the Royals on Monday.
The fifth-overall pick by the Royals back in 2011, Starling has stalled out at Triple-A in recent years, hitting just .225/.276/.336 at that level over the last three seasons. He'll be organizational depth in Kansas City and could finally make his big-league debut this season should injuries strike the Royals' outfield, but he's given very little reason to believe he can be a fantasy asset.... See More ... See Less
Royals' Chris Ellis: Traded to Kansas City
The Rangers traded Ellis to the Royals on Thursday immediately following the Rule 5 draft.
Ellis was picked seventh in the draft by the Rangers before getting flipped to Kansas City, likely in exchange for cash considerations. The 26-year-old spent a majority of the 2018 campaign at the Triple-A level within the Cardinals' organization, logging a 3.76 ERA and 1.18 WHIP with a 7.7 K/9. Ellis has the ability to serve as a starting pitcher or multi-inning reliever for the Royals moving forward.... See More ... See Less
Royals' Sam McWilliams: On to fourth organization
McWilliams was selected by the Royals with the second pick in the Rule 5 draft.
A 23-year-old righty, McWilliams got off to an excellent start at High-A for the Diamondbacks in 2018 before being sent to Tampa Bay as a player to be named later in a three-team trade that sent Steven Souza to Arizona. However, after the trade he logged a 5.02 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and 94 strikeouts in 100.1 innings at Double-A, prompting the Rays to leave him exposed to the Rule 5 draft. The Royals are an excellent landing spot for McWilliams, as they lack quality big-league arms in the bullpen and the rotation. Brad Keller, who was a Royals' Rule 5 pick in 2017, went on to have a very productive year in the rotation, and perhaps McWilliams will follow suit, although the odds suggest that is unlikely.... See More ... See Less
Royals' Billy Hamilton: Latches on with Kansas City
Hamilton will sign with the Royals on Monday, pending a physical, Jim Bowden of The Athletic reports.
Through six seasons with the Reds, Hamilton stole 277 bases but hit just .245/.298/.333, leading to a non-tender at the end of November. Those steals have made the center fielder a fantasy stud in the past, but he'll need to play frequently enough to rack up a total high enough to overcome his severe drawbacks in other categories. His speed also took a hit last season, as he swiped just 34 bags after grabbing at least 56 in each of the four previous seasons. The Royals have no established center fielders or top prospects for him to compete with, but Brian Goodwin could still challenge for playing time if Hamilton is a huge negative at the plate. There is no denying that his fantasy stock is trending way up now that he is with a team where playing time is readily available.... See More ... See Less
Royals' Chris Owings: Inks deal with Royals
Owings agreed to a contract with Kansas City on Wednesday, Robert Murray of The Athletic reports. Per Jon Heyman of FancredSports.com, 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.... See More ... See Less
Royals' Andres Machado: Returns to Kansas City on MiLB deal
Machado signed a minor-league contract with the Royals on Monday.
As expected, the right-hander will re-sign with Kansas City after the team declined to tender him a contract before Friday's deadline. Machado split last season between Double-A Northwest Arkansas and Triple-A Omaha, producing a 5.53 ERA and a 72:38 K:BB in 83 innings of work. He figures to act as organizational depth for the Royals.... See More ... See Less
Royals' Samir Duenez: Cast off roster
Duenez was non-tendered by the Royals on Friday, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
He posted a 120 wRC+ at Double-A last year in his age-21/22 season, but only hit 10 home runs in 80 games. Duenez is a first baseman, so while his bat would probably play at some positions, the bar is much higher given his defensive limitations. Flanagan reports that Duenez is expected to re-sign with Kansas City on a minor-league deal.... See More ... See Less
Royals' Cheslor Cuthbert: Agrees to deal with Royals
Cuthbert (back) signed a one-year, $850,000 contract with Kansas City on Thursday.
Cuthbert will avoid arbitration after coming to terms with the Royals. The 26-year-old posted a disappointing .194/.282/.301 slash line through 30 games in 2018, but he figures to compete for the starting job at the hot corner when spring training rolls around.... See More ... See Less
Royals' Jesse Hahn: Signs deal with Royals
Hahn (elbow) inked a one-year contract with Kansas City on Thursday.
The deal is reportedly worth $800,000 and Hahn will avoid arbitration. It's unclear whether Hahn will be ready for spring training following surgery to repair his UCL near the end of August, but he didn't pitch in the major leagues last year. He made 14 appearances (13 starts) for the Royals in 2017, accruing a 5.30 ERA and 1.51 WHIP with 55 punchouts over 69.2 frames.... See More ... See Less
Royals' Brian Flynn: Staying put in Kansas City
Flynn signed a one-year contract with the Royals on Thursday, avoiding arbitration.
Flynn spent the 2018 campaign as a middle reliever for the Royals, posting a 4.04 ERA, 1.61 WHIP and 47:35 K:BB across 75.2 innings. The 28-year-old righty figures to fill a similar role in Kansas City's bullpen in 2019.... See More ... See Less
Royals' Burch Smith: Cast off 40-man roster
Smith was designated for assignment by the Royals on Monday, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
Smith was dropped from the team's 40-man roster in order to free up a spot for Conner Greene, who was claimed off waivers in a corresponding move. The 28-year-old right-hander struggled to a 6.92 ERA and 1.67 WHIP across 78 innings with the Royals in 2018.... See More ... See Less
Royals' Conner Greene: Scooped up by Royals
Greene was claimed off waivers by the Royals on Monday, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
Greene split time between Double-A Springfield and Triple-A Memphis in 2018, posting a 4.44 ERA and 1.54 WHIP across 48.2 innings with the Cardinals and a 3.66 ERA and 1.63 WHIP in 39.1 innings with the Redbirds. Burch Smith was designated for assignment in a corresponding roster move.... See More ... See Less