The Kansas City Royals officially announced Tuesday that the club has agreed to terms with first baseman/designated hitter Kendrys Morales on a two-year contract with a mutual option for the 2017 season.
Five weeks into the offseason, heading into baseball’s annual Winter Meetings, the Kansas City Royals still need a starting pitcher to replace rotation leader James Shields, a right fielder and a designated hitter. The team could move either Greg Holland or Wade Davis for a starter or outfielder.
In the annals of sports, many players who joined a new team have gone to great lengths to get the jersey number they had with their previous teams. There have been instances of cash changing hands, as well as a motorcycle, an autographed Babe Ruth ball, a Rolex watch and even a baby nursery for another player’s house. Billy Butler, who signed with Oakland last month, got his No. 16 with the A’s by giving the previous owner, Josh Reddick, a winch for his truck.
Royals relief pitcher Aaron Crow, a Mizzou grad from Topeka who was the team’s first-round draft pick in 2009, was traded to the Marlins for two minor-league pitchers, left-handed starter Brian Flynn and right-handed reliever Reid Redman.
At the quarterly MLB owners meetings this week in Kansas City, Royals owner David Glass received a dose of cold comfort from outgoing commissioner Bud Selig, who stewarded Milwaukee during their run to the World Series in 1982. “You never quite get over,” Selig told Glass. “But when you think back on it, you had a hell of a year.”
Royals general manager Dayton Moore said he was “given every opportunity” to top the three-year, $30 million contract Billy Butler took with Oakland. But as the Royals reload and attempt to return to the World Series, the club decided to part ways with their long-tenured designated hitter.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Fans at last month’s World Series and recent Kansas City Chiefs games were endangered by filthy conditions in food-service areas at the city’s two professional sports stadiums – including cockroaches, mouse feces and food kept at unsafe temperatures, according to a man who managed food safety at the facilities.
Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez caught 158 games in 2014, and team officials admit they would like to lighten that work load next year. “Salvy wants to play every day,” said general manager Dayton Moore.
Dayton Moore and the decision-makers in his front office embark for Phoenix on Sunday for the annual general managers’ meetings, held all week at the Arizona Biltmore. For Moore and the Royals, there is much to accomplish. The team features three gaping holes on its roster: designated hitter, right fielder and starting pitcher. Moore has prioritized finding a pitcher who could replace James Shields, even as the club monitors Shields in free agency.