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Royals sign three-time All-Star reliever Wade Davis to minor league deal

This marks the second straight year in which Kansas City has brought back one of its former All-Star closers on a minor league arrangement.

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Royals Sign Wade Davis To Minor League Deal

The Royals announced Wednesday that they’ve signed right-hander Wade Davis to a minor league contract. Davis, a client of Jet Sports, will presumably be invited to Major League Spring Training and compete for a spot on the Opening Day roster..

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Max Rieper

Royals sign Wade Davis to minor league contract

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Is Kelvin Herrera next?

The Royals have signed reliever Wade Davis to a minor league deal, according to MLB.com reporter Anne Rogers. The 35-year old right-hander previously pitched for the Royals from 2013 to 2016 and was considered one of the best relievers in baseball during that time. Last year with the Rockies, he battled a right shoulder strain and gave up ten runs in just 4 1?3 innings before being released in September.

Davis had a tough time the...

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Minda Haas Kuhlmann

The Mets fired their creep GM. What’s next?

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MLB culture needs big changes. At whose expense will they come?

In a whirlwind nine or so hours starting Monday night, ESPN’s Mina Kimes and Jeff Passan reported about a series of over 60 unanswered texts that Mets General Manager Jared Porter sent to a female reporter, including an unsolicited shot of a penis (presumably his). Tuesday morning, Porter was was fired.

This is not a Mets site, so the big questions that I have today are not about...

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Minda Haas Kuhlmann

Royals Rumblings - News for January 20, 2021

I have run out of baseball dogs, so today begins the rescue dog era of Wednesday Rumblings! | Minda Haas Kuhlmann

Anything important going on today?

We have a new beat writer on Royals.com. Anne Rogers, who has been covering the Cardinals, will take up the role recently vacated by Jeffrey Flanagan:

Some news: I’m moving over to the #Royals beat for https://t.co/Ivs9s9EIaV, taking over for the great @FlannyMLB.

I have so greatly enjoyed my time in St. Louis and all the people there, but...

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Max Rieper

SBN Reacts: Fans are ready for a universal DH

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But....STRATEGY

Welcome to SB Nation Reacts (formerly known as SB Nation Fanpulse), a survey of fans across MLB. Each week, we send 30 polls to plugged in fans from each team. Royals fans, sign up HERE to join SBN Reacts.

The American League has used a designated hitter since 1973, but the National League has resisted thus far, making it one of the last professional leagues not to use a DH. That changed last year, as the NL adopted a designated...

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Max Rieper

A look back at the 1997 Royals

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The 1997 Royals were a zombie franchise. The franchise that was once a crown jewel and a champion a decade before were now set adrift, without an owner or any sense of direction. The team was ostensibly in a youth movement, but seemed focused on adding veterans to prop up a Potemkin village for a potential new owner. The result would be one of the worst seasons in franchise history.

The 1997 Royals

General Manager: Herk Robinson

Manager: Bob Boone...

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Max Rieper

Royals Rumblings - News for January 19, 2021

Welcome to the newest members of the Royals organization!

Royals Rumblings - News for January 19, 2021

Alec Lewis takes a look at how Royals payroll projects for the future.

Extensions made sense in the Royals’ first wave of contention under Moore and they make sense now. As mentioned earlier, Perez and Duffy are entering the final years of their contracts. Jorge Soler, meanwhile, will be a free agent at season’s end.

You could make a case for an extension for each player. Perez, 30,...

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Minda Haas Kuhlmann

Flashback: Jeremy Guthrie’s fine for chucking a ball into the seats

After Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes heaved a ball high into the Arrowhead stands to celebrate scoring a touchdown in yesterday’s win, former Royals pitcher Louis Coleman tweeted about a parallel memory from across the parking lot:

Hey @TheRealJGuts how come Mahomes can throw a ball in the upper deck and it’s ok but when you do it everyone gets upset and you get a fine?

— Louis Coleman (@LouisColeman31) January 17, 2021

Coleman was referring to a game on May 1, 2014, in which...

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Stephen Suffron

Most Beloved (Obscure) Royals: the Finals

The favorite of the fameless, the star of the second-tier...

The finals have finally arrived. During the prolonged offseason, the regular writers of the site put together a tournament bracket for the most beloved Royal of all time (Alex Gordon upsetting George Brett in the final), and a couple of us in the comments started talking about some of the more obscure players that were well-loved, and I started putting together a bracket and made a fan post.

The first of these posts was on April...

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Max Rieper

Royals place four prospects on Baseball America’s Top 100 list

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It’s the most they’ve had since 2015.

Baseball America released their top 100 prospect list and for the first time since 2015, the Royals have as many as four prospects on the list. Infielder Bobby Witt, Jr. places highest at #16, with Daniel Lynch (#25), Asa Lacy (#37), and Jackson Kowar (#95) also ranking among the top prospects.

Witt was ranked #25 a year ago by Baseball America, and he made up for a lack of actual games this year by wowing coaches...

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Max Rieper

Royals Rumblings - News for January 18, 2021

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Get well soon, Patrick Mahomes.

Royals Rumblings - News for January 18, 2021

Clint Scoles at Royals Academy looks at recent international signings for the Royals.

The front office believes they have their star already in-house with Adalberto Mondesi, but until we see a full season of All-Star level play, it’s hard to agree with that. A success story from Erick Pena, the highest-paid signee in franchise history, or one from the large group of talented pitchers...

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Hokius

Hok Talk: So you want to fix baseball

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Theo Epstein says baseball is broken; Whit Merrifield has a solution. Will it work?

It’s no secret that baseball has a pace-of-play problem. Then-commissioner Bud Selig formed a committee to investigate the issue as early as 2014. The situation has not improved. Baseball executive Theo Epstein recently joined MLB as a consultant for on-field matters, which is business-speak for, “He’s gonna try and fix the sport.” Only time will...

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Josh Keiser

Royals Rumblings - News for January 16, 2021

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A reminder that the Royals can’t keep up sometimes.

On Friday, the Yankees and DJ Lemahieu came to a 6 year, $90M agreement. The 32 year old Lemahieu has been very consistently productive at the dish for the last 5 seasons, especially the last 2 where he tapped into some unseen power he had never produced prior to joining the Yankees.

There was a time where I thought the Royals could potentially use the services of Lemahieu even though there were never any...

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Max Rieper

Royals come to terms with Brad Keller, Adalberto Mondesi, avoid arbitration

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The Royals will have no arbitration hearings this year.

The Royals announced they have come to terms with shortstop Adalberto Mondesi and pitcher Brad Keller, their last remaining unsigned arbitration-eligible players. Today was the deadline to agree on terms with arbitration-eligible players before exchanging figures.

According to Alec Lewis, the Royals signed Mondesi to a one-year, $2.525 million contract, and Keller to a one-year, $3.35 million contract. MLB...

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Max Rieper

Royals sign top Dominican shortstop as international signing period begins

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The Royals spend $1.5 million for Daniel Vazquez.

The 2021 international signing period began today, and according to MLB.com reporter Jesse Sanchez, the Royals have signed one of the top shortstops. Sanchez reports the Royals have signed Daniel Vazquez to a $1.5 million bonus out of the $5.899 million the Royals can spend on international signings in this period.

Sanchez compares his build to “a young Fernando Tatis, Jr.” and MLB.com ranks him as the #12...

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David Lesky

Lesky’s Notes: Let’s find a deal

Peter G. Aiken

There’s not much else going on, so let’s talk some potential trades.

We are now less than five weeks away from pitchers and catchers reporting if the schedule is adhered to, which it’s looking more and more every day like it will be. And to nobody’s surprise, pretty much all the big-time free agents remain out there. Any team, if they’re willing to spending some money (hahahahaha) could likely catapult themselves to at least the periphery of the top of their division...

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Max Rieper

Royals Rumblings - News for January 15, 2021

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Could the Royals be interested in Corey Kluber?

Royals Rumblings - News for January 15, 2021

Today is the last day to come to terms with arbitration-eligible players before exchanging figures, and Lynn Worthy writes about whether unsigned Brad Keller and Adalberto Mondesi could get long-term deals.

“Of course, when we evaluate a player that we think has a chance to be successful over the next four to eight years, we want first crack at them,” Moore said....

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Matthew LaMar

It’s nice to be a cursed sports city anymore

A view of the back of the video board that highlights the Kansas City Royals World Series victories during an MLB game between the New York Yankees and Kansas City Royals on May 25, 2019 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, MO. | Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Winning is a load off our collective shoulders

For those of you who don’t pay attention to Cleveland Browns football—and I don’t blame you if you don’t—something rather special happened last weekend:...

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Max Rieper

Potential free agent target: Brad Miller

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The Royals love versatility.

Dayton Moore still has one more piece he would like to add, a left-handed bat that can play either the outfield or third base. Why not get someone that can play both? Brad Miller fits the bill as a versatile utility player capable of playing all over the field.

Miller went to high school in the Orlando area and attended Clemson University, where he was named a first-team All-American. The Seattle Mariners selected him in the...

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