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2020 is Danny Duffy’s most important season

A veteran starting pitcher with a big contract is facing a critical season. How important is 2020 for his future with the Kansas City Royals? The year was 2017; the month was January. In the quiet of baseball’s winter, a month away from Spring Training, the Kansas City Royals were preparing for an inevitable dismantling […] Royals: 2020 is Danny Duffy’s most important season - Kings of Kauffman - Kings of Kauffman - A Kansas City Royals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Royals Sign Jesse Hahn to One-Year Contract

The Royals now have 38 players on the Major League Reserve List The Kansas City Royals announced on Friday that the club has signed right-handed pitcher Jesse Hahn to a one-year Major League contract. Per club policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Hahn, 30, returned to the Majors in 2019, after a two-plus year absence, recovering from a UCL repair procedure. He made his first appearance with Kansas City on Sept. 5 vs. Detroit and pitched in six games out of the Royals’...

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Max Rieper

Weekend Rumblings - News for December 14, 2019

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Could Brady Singer be in a Royals uniform on Opening Day?

Weekend Rumblings - News for December 14, 2019

Sam Mellinger has some insight into how John Sherman may run the Royals differently.

This is dripping with nuance, but a team guided by sustainability will generally cut the peaks in exchange for avoiding the worst of the valleys. A team focused on winning 85 games every year will operate differently than one that’s OK losing 100...

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Jakob Junis needs a breakthrough in 2020

The Kansas City Royals need consistent starting pitching and one starter needs to make his claim to continue his role in the rotation. Now that the Kansas City Royals are well into the offseason, it’s time to start taking a look at what may come in 2020. So far, the team has not made any […] Royals: Jakob Junis needs a breakthrough in 2020 - Kings of Kauffman - Kings of Kauffman - A Kansas City Royals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Jesse Hahn signed to one-year Major League contract

The Kansas City Royals offseason has been quiet, but they made a little sound with the signing of pitcher Jesse Hahn to a major league contract. The Kansas City Royals need pitchers, and they made a move to start working on that need. RHP Jesse Hahn was signed to a major league contract by the […] Royals: Jesse Hahn signed to one-year Major League contract - Kings of Kauffman - Kings of Kauffman - A Kansas City Royals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Royals sign pitcher Jesse Hahn to a one-year contract

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Hahn has missed most of the last two years with injury.

The Royals have re-signed right-handed pitcher Jesse Hahn to a one-year, Major League contract worth $600,000 with $200,000 in performance bonuses, according to MLB.com reporter Jeffrey Flanagan. Hahn was non-tendered back on December 2, and was projected to earn $900,000 through the arbitration process according to MLB Trade Rumors. Hahn would still not be eligible for free agency...

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The Diamondbacks are the rebuilding team the Royals think they are

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The snakes are preparing to strike

A little over a year ago, Dayton Moore claimed that the Royals’ rebuild had been “jumpstarted” when he and others in the organization made the decision to stop talking about rebuilding. It was that simple; if you don’t talk about it, it goes away. The first rule of rebuilding is you don’t talk about rebuilding. The second rule of rebuilding? You don’t talk about rebuilding.

What jumpstarted the rebuild is...

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The question of Salvador Perez

Many questions surround the Kansas City Royals heading into the 2020 season. One of the most important is how, and how much, to use their All-Star catcher. Salvador Perez, the Kansas City Royals’ invaluable catcher, lost his 2018 season to a damaged ulnar collateral ligament, the career-threatening malady that preys primarily on pitchers and the […] Royals: The question of Salvador Perez - Kings of Kauffman - Kings of Kauffman - A Kansas City Royals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Friday Notes - December 13, 2019

Sep 3, 2019; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals second baseman Whit Merrifield (15) bats against the Detroit Tigers at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff | Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Let’s talk Whit, some Rule 5, confusing messages and a player the Royals should be shopping.

It’s Friday the 13th, but we won’t take that as a bad omen with the first edition of Friday Notes here at Royals Review. After a whirlwind of a winter meetings, I expect things will be...

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Royals Rumblings - News for December 13, 2019

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A December Friday the 13th

Finishing up his work at the winter meetings, MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan put a wrap on the Royals actions:

Planting seeds. That was the crux of the Royals’ work here at the Winter Meetings this week at the Manchester Grand Hyatt. The Royals made only one transaction -- they took right-hander Stephen Woods Jr. with the No. 4 pick in the Rule 5 Draft -- but they worked the phones, setting up...

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Royals select right-handed pitcher Stephen Woods in the Rule 5 draft

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And they don’t lose anyone.

The Rule 5 draft is like Antiques Roadshow for baseball junkies. Teams sift through players deemed not good enough to be among the 40 players protected on the roster in order to find the rare overlooked future All-Star. For a rebuilding team like the Royals, it is another opportunity to find freely available talent, and while you’ll usually end up with Rich Thompson or Nate Adcock (remember them?) once in awhile...

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Rule 5 draft open thread

Peter G. Aiken

Freely available talent!

The Winter Meetings conclude today with the Rule 5 draft in which teams can raid other organizations for potentially useful players. With teams tanking and rosters expanding to 26 next season, you can expect a busier Rule 5 draft this year. The Royals will have the fourth pick, and it is a safe bet that they will walk away with someone, probably a pitcher considering they have acquired four pitchers in the last two drafts.

Players eligible to be...

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David Lesky

Ryan O’Hearn: Not as unlucky as people think

Sep 3, 2019; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals first baseman Ryan O’Hearn (66) rounds the bases after hitting a walk off home run against the Detroit Tigers during the ninth inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff | Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Yep, he hit a lot of balls hard in 2019, but the narrative that he was purely unlucky probably doesn’t ring true.

The narrative for much of the 2019 season was that Ryan O’Hearn was a victim of bad luck. And that...

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Steven Fuentes is a Rule 5 prospect the Royals should consider

Steven Fuentes is only 22 years old and already Rule 5 draft-eligible. His strike-throwing ability makes him an intriguing possibility for the Royals. The Washington Nationals signed Steven Fuentes out of Panama back in 2013. Since he signed at the age of sixteen he is already available in the Rule 5 draft this year. He […] Royals: Steven Fuentes is a Rule 5 prospect the Royals should consider - Kings of Kauffman - Kings of Kauffman - A Kansas City Royals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion...

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Max Rieper

Royals Rumblings - News for December 12, 2019

Peter G. Aiken

Salvy’s on first?

Royals Rumblings - News for December 12, 2019

Salvy won’t dive right back into catching every day next year, writes Lynn Worthy.

“I think it definitely makes it a little bit different than what it would normally be,” Royals manager Mike Matheny said. “If you saw a guy who might get a start a week, or maybe two, it’s going to look a little different from that at the outset at least.”

The Royals will ease Perez, who’ll turn 30 in May, back...

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Salvador Perez expected to see time at first base next season

After missing all of 2019, Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez will see extended stretches of time at first base in 2020, per The Athletic’s Alec Lewis (via Twitter). Perez underwent Tommy John surgery, and the Royals are willing to be cautious with their catcher as they ease him back in behind the plate. New manager Mike Matheny can certainly commiserate, having spent so many years behind the dish himself. By Opening Day, Perez may be the last bastion of their title team. Danny...

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Royals “open to a reunion” with Greg Holland

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The Royals could use some high upside bullpen arms.

The Royals are “open to a reunion” with reliever Greg Holland, according to MLB.com reporter Jeffrey Flanagan. The 34-year old Holland pitched for the Royals from 2010 to 2015 and had a 2.42 ERA with 145 saves, earning two All-Star appearances.

Holland had Tommy John surgery and missed the entire 2016 season, leading to his release from the Royals, but he did bounce back in 2017 with a league-leading...

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Are the Royals considering Greg Holland?

Among reports and rumors swirling around baseball’s annual Winter Meetings is the word that the Kansas City Royals may consider bringing home a former closer. Major League Baseball’s Winter Meetings, where team executives gather each December to talk and make trades, court and sign free agents, and discuss the state of the game, convened Sunday […] Royals: Are the Royals considering Greg Holland? - Kings of Kauffman - Kings of Kauffman - A Kansas City Royals Fan Site - News, Blogs,...

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Royals catcher Salvador Perez expected to see time at first base next season

After missing all of 2019, Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez will see extended stretches of time at first base in 2020, per The Athletic’s Alec Lewis (via Twitter). Perez underwent Tommy John surgery, and the Royals are willing to be cautious with their catcher as they ease him back in behind the plate. New manager Mike Matheny can certainly commiserate, having spent so many years behind the dish himself. By Opening Day, Perez may be the last bastion of their title team. Danny...

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Are the Royals just wasting our time?

James Woolridge | Kansas City Star

Rebuilds are hard, but some choices are binary.

Two events of the offseason reverberated particularly loudly to Kansas City Royals fans, and should have reverberated loudly to those in charge as well.

The first was Stephen Strasburg’s free agent deal with the Washington Nationals. One of the Nationals’ aces and one of the most famous and inevitable first overall draft picks of all time, Strasburg had opted out of his previous contract to hit free...

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