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The end of the Alcides Escobar era

After eight years of being a constant presence in the Kansas City Royals lineup, an era is coming to an end in Kansas City. Alcides Escobar is now a member of the Baltimore Orioles. Alcides Escobar was acquired by the Kansas City Royals after the Royals agreed to trade Zack Greinke and Yuniesky Betancourt to Milwaukee for […] Kansas City Royals: The end of the Alcides Escobar era - Kings of Kauffman - Kings of Kauffman - A Kansas City Royals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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How bad was the bullpen last year?

The Kansas City Royals have made several changes to their bullpen in preparation for the 2019 season, which is good because their bullpen was among the worst in baseball. Over the span of just a few days leading up to when pitchers and catchers reported, the Kansas City Royals signed Brad Boxberger, Drew Storen, and […] Kansas City Royals: How bad was the bullpen last year? - Kings of Kauffman - Kings of Kauffman - A Kansas City Royals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Offseason Prospect Watch, Kelvin Gutierrez

In the 17th slot on MLB Pipeline’s list of top 30 prospects for the Kansas City Royals is third baseman, Kelvin Gutierrez. Kelvin Gutierrez began the 2018 season in the tenth spot on the Washington Nationals list. By midseason, he was listed as the 17th best prospect in the Kansas City Royals organization, according to […] Kansas City Royals: Offseason Prospect Watch, Kelvin Gutierrez - Kings of Kauffman - Kings of Kauffman - A Kansas City Royals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Eric Skoglund very emotional over suspension

Pitchers and catchers are doing their thing, and Kansas City Royals pitcher Eric Skoglund addressed the media about his impending suspension. The Kansas City Royals southpaw will be serving an 80 game suspension for PEDs. Eric Skoglund is unsure of what he ingested that caused the positive test for Ostarine and Ligandrol Either way, the […] Kansas City Royals: Eric Skoglund very emotional over suspension - Kings of Kauffman - Kings of Kauffman - A Kansas City Royals Fan Site - News, Blogs,...

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Orioles sign Alcides Escobar to minor league deal

Nothing makes sense anymore

For the first time since 2010, Alcides Escobar will not be wearing a Kansas City Royals uniform. The Baltimore Orioles have signed the 32-year old shortstop to a minor league deal with an invite to spring training.

Alcides Escobar is in the mix for the starting SS job with the Orioles and the utility job is up for grabs too. He’ll get 700K in the bigs.

— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) February 16, 2019

Escobar has spent the last eight years with the Royals, after...

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Orioles sign All-Star SS Alcides Escobar to minor league contract

Alcides Escobar went to the All-Star game with the Royals in 2015 and won a World Series for Kansas City in the same year.

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Orioles sign Alcides Escobar to minor league deal

Per a team release, the Orioles have signed shortstop Alcides Escobar to a minor league deal with an invite to spring training. Escobar, 32, finally fell out of favor in Kansas City, where from 2015-18 his .251/.284/.336 (64 wRC+) line was the worst among all qualified regulars in the majors. Still, the 2015 All-Star has been remarkably durable throughout his big-league career, appearing in at least 140 games in each of the last nine seasons, and should at least offer defensive stability to...

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Skoglund unsure of what led to suspension

Royals left-hander Eric Skoglund said Saturday that he doesn't know what he ingested that caused him to fail a drug test that led to an 80-game suspension for being in violation of Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

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A look at the potential first base platoon

Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost will be considering using a platoon to cover first base this season. It wont be a traditional platoon, per Jeffrey Flanagan, but it will resemble one. The platoon partners will be Ryan O’Hearn (duh) and Hunter Dozier. Originally it was thought they each would have their own starting role […] Kansas City Royals: A look at the potential first base platoon - Kings of Kauffman - Kings of Kauffman - A Kansas City Royals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Hok Talk: Favorite non-Royals

Has anyone in the wrong laundry ever caught your eye?

I think it’s safe to assume that most of you reading this are fans of the Royals. It’s also probably not much of a stretch to assume you’ve rooted for most of, if not all of, the guys wearing that uniform. But what about guys who weren’t Royals, have you ever rooted for any of them?

When I asked myself this question the first guy who came to mind was former outfielder Mark Kotsay. He’s not exactly a name-brand guy so how did I...

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Weekend Rumblings - News for February 16, 2019

To platoon or not to platoon?

Weekend Rumblings - News for February 16, 2019

Dayton Moore comments on new pitcher Homer Bailey.

“Obviously, there’s a couple factors there for us,” Royals general manager Dayton Moore said. “One, he’s has success in the past. That is something that we have to take into strong consideration. Then you factor in the fact that he’s an experience-type pitcher. We need experience in our rotation. And financially it works. It’s very little risk with a...

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Homer Bailey’s 2019 Potential

The Kansas City Royals could have a real steal with Homer Baile! I know, look at his last few seasons and there is not much to be excited about. Just like any signing like this, he was cheap and available for a reason. A 6.00 ERA last year doesn’t exactly give you much confidence of […] Kansas City Royals: Homer Bailey’s 2019 Potential - Kings of Kauffman - Kings of Kauffman - A Kansas City Royals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Offseason Prospect Watch, Austin Cox

We are nearing the time when MLB Pipeline resets their top 30 prospects in each organization, signaling the beginning of a new season. Currently, Austin Cox in the 18th ranked prospect in the Kansas City Royals organization. The Kansas City Royals drafted many talented pitching prospects in the 2018 MLB Amateur Draft. I’m sure you […] Kansas City Royals: Offseason Prospect Watch, Austin Cox - Kings of Kauffman - Kings of Kauffman - A Kansas City Royals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and...

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What does Ian Kennedy look like as a reliever?

There has been talk recently that the Kansas City Royals might be willing to move Ian Kennedy to the bullpen in 2018. That is a move that has been discussed, but seemed like it wouldn’t happen. Now, if starting doesn’t work out, the team will try to get value out of Ian Kennedy as a […] Kansas City Royals: What does Ian Kennedy look like as a reliever? - Kings of Kauffman - Kings of Kauffman - A Kansas City Royals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Royals to sign Drew Storen

The Royals have agreed to a minor-league deal with veteran righty Drew Storen, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (via Twitter). It is not clear whether the contract, which will be official if and when Storen passes a physical, includes an invitation to MLB camp. Storen is still working back from Tommy John surgery, which he underwent in September of 2017. He missed all of the ensuing campaign. Now, nearly a year and a half removed from the procedure, Storen will look to get back on...

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Royals sign reliever Drew Storen to a minor league deal

The Royals are adding depth in the bullpen.

The Royals have signed reliever Drew Storen to a minor league deal, according to reporter Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. Jayson Stark had previously reported that Storen was “on the radar” for the Royals. The 31-year old right-hander was a solid closer for the first six years of his career with the Washington Nationals, sporting a 3.03 ERA with 95 saves and nearly a strikeout per-inning.

He prematurely ended his 2015 season by slamming a...

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Royals like Bailey's upside in rotation battle

If fans are wondering why the Royals, a team seemingly deep in a rebuild, were interested in veteran right-hander Homer Bailey, there are a few reasons.

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Checking in on Jorge Soler for 2019

Jorge Soler sat out a majority of the 2018 season due to injury. He should be recovered, and he will hopefully play a large role in the success of the Kansas City Royals in 2019. The Kansas City Royals are set to begin their Spring Training journey for the 2019 season. Jorge Soler is back […] Kansas City Royals: Checking in on Jorge Soler for 2019 - Kings of Kauffman - Kings of Kauffman - A Kansas City Royals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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What are you looking for from the Royals in spring training?

Better weather than here, that’s for sure.

Spring training is finally upon us, with pitchers and catchers already having reported with the first full squad workout on Monday. For the next seven weeks, the Royals will prepare for the regular season, hoping to improve on their dismal 104-loss season a year ago.

We know not to get too excited about Cactus League performances, but are there still things to look for in spring training? We asked our panel of writers what they hoped to see from...

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Cheslor Cuthbert hoping to earn a second chance

Just a year ago Cheslor Cuthbert had a spot on the Kansas City Royals, now he wants a second chance to prove he belongs. Around the new year the Kansas City Royals signed another comeback story in Kyle Zimmer, and designated Cheslor Cuthbert for assignment to correspond. He cleared waivers and was sent down to […] Kansas City Royals: Cheslor Cuthbert hoping to earn a second chance - Kings of Kauffman - Kings of Kauffman - A Kansas City Royals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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