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AL Central Standings

Team W-L L10 STRK
CLE 91-71 6-4 W1
MIN 78-84 7-3 W6
DET 64-98 3-7 L5
CHW 62-100 2-8 L5
KC 58-104 6-4 L1

Top Royals News

  • Royals' Eric Skoglund: Slapped with 80-game suspension

    Skoglund received an 80-game suspension without pay after testing positive for multiple performance-enhancing substances, Emily Waldon of The Athletic reports.

    Skoglund was in the running for the team's final rotation spot before testing positive for both Ostarine and Ligandrol, a pair of selective androgen receptor modulators. The southpaw will now miss the entire first half of the season, and his role once he returns is up in the air. Across 14 appearances with the big club in 2018 (13 starts), Skoglund notched a 5.14 ERA and 6.3 K/9 across 70 innings.

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  • Royals' Cheslor Cuthbert: Assigned to Triple-A

    Cuthbert cleared waivers and was assigned to Triple-A Omaha, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.

    A back injury limited Cuthbert to just 30 games with the big club in 2018. He struggled to a .194/.282/.301 in those appearances, prompting his removal from the team's 40-man roster earlier in the offseason. Cuthbert will likely get a chance to earn his roster spot back in spring training, though he seems more likely to open the year with Omaha.

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  • Royals' Nicky Lopez: Earns invitation to big-league camp

    Lopez was invited to the Royals' major-league camp Tuesday.

    Lopez is at best a long shot to break camp with the Royals, but the invitation indicates that the team likes Lopez and wants to give him a chance to work with the big-league coaching staff. He reached Triple-A for the first time in the middle of last season, posting a 109 wRC+ in 57 games for Omaha with an impressive 27:29 BB:K. With a little more seasoning in the minors, he could be knocking on the door sometime this summer.

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  • Royals' MJ Melendez: Invited to big-league camp

    Melendez was invited to the Royals' major-league spring training Tuesday.

    Melendez is just 20 years old and has never played above Low-A, so there's effectively zero chance that he debuts this season. Still, the invitation signals good things about how the Royals feel about his future, and he'll get valuable time learning from the big-league coaching staff and working with pitchers he may one day catch in the majors.

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  • Royals' Cheslor Cuthbert: Booted from 40-man

    Cuthbert was designated for assignment Friday by the Royals, Rustin Dodd of The Athletic reports.

    Cuthbert was added to the 40-man roster at the end of November after signing a one-year contract, but he's since been designated for assignment following the return of Kyle Zimmer. Cuthbert could still earn his spot back in spring training, but he'll likely begin the year at Triple-A Omaha.

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  • Royals' Kyle Zimmer: Inks deal with Kansas City

    Zimmer agreed to a one-year contract with the Royals on Friday, Rustin Dodd of The Athletic reports.

    Zimmer, the oft-injured 2012 first-round pick, is back with Kansas City for the 2019 campaign. He's yet to make his major-league debut, although he'll have a good chance to do so this year. Zimmer was removed from the 40-man roster last season and spent the year working on mechanical improvements with Driveline Baseball in an effort to avoid the physical issues that have plagued his pro career to date.

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  • Royals' Taylor Featherston: Signs with Royals

    Featherston signed a minor-league contract with the Royals, Brandon Warne of ZoneCoverage.com reports.

    Featherston played in 137 big-league games from 2015 to 2017, but his miserable .160/.221/.256 line didn't earn him any playing time last season. He can play anywhere in the infield but his bat is likely too light for even a rebuilding Royals team to find at-bats for him.

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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.

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  • 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, the team that 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, racking up more steals (27) than plate appearances (19) across parts of five major-league seasons (63 games).

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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Team Statistical Rankings

Avg R HR ERA
Team .245
(18th)
638
(25th)
155
(24th)
4.94
(29th)

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