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Team W-L L10 STRK
92-70 7-3 W2
81-81 5-5 L1
78-84 4-6 W1
66-96 6-4 L3
65-97 3-7 L2

Top Royals News

  • Royals' Matt Duffy: Receives contract from Royals

    Duffy signed a minor-league contract with the Royals on Friday.

    The veteran infielder will be given an invitation to major-league spring training. It's a good landing spot for Duffy, as the Royals recently freed up the potential for more playing time in the infield when they traded Adalberto Mondesi. Duffy was solid for the Cubs in 2021 but struggled last season with the Angels, putting up a .619 OPS across 247 plate appearances.

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  • Royals' Jose Briceno: Re-ups with Kansas City

    Briceno re-signed with the Royals on a minor-league contract Wednesday.

    Briceno spent all of the 2022 campaign at Triple-A Omaha, putting up a .702 OPS with four homers across 141 plate appearances. Barring a major surprise, he'll be heading back to Omaha again to start 2023.

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  • Royals' Josh Taylor: Sent to Royals

    Taylor (back) was traded from Boston to Kansas City on Monday in exchange for Adalberto Mondesi and a player to be named later, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.

    Taylor owns a 3.69 ERA and a 29.4 percent strikeout rate in 102.1 career innings of relief. The lefty missed all of last season while dealing with back issues, with two separate rehab stints getting paused due to setbacks, but the Royals evidently felt confident enough in his health to acquire him. If he's fully healthy this year, he could be a useful weapon for his new team, though he's unlikely to see many save chances.

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  • Royals' Steven Cruz: Headed to Kansas City

    Cruz and Evan Sisk were traded from the Twins to the Royals on Monday in exchange for Michael Taylor, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.

    Cruz spent the entire 2022 campaign at Double-A Wichita and posted a 5.14 ERA, 72:35 K:BB and 1.59 WHIP in 56 innings over 46 relief appearances. While he had a decent strikeout rate, he'll likely begin the 2023 season at Double-A Northwest Arkansas or Triple-A Omaha.

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  • Royals' Evan Sisk: Dealt to Kansas City

    Sisk and Steven Cruz were traded from the Twins to the Royals on Monday in exchange for Michael Taylor, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.

    Sisk advanced to Triple-A St. Paul last season, and he'll likely be in the mix to make his major-league debut at some point in 2023 after a strong showing in the minors last year. He made 50 relief appearances between the Double-A and Triple-A clubs and posted a 1.57 ERA, 76:29 K:BB and 1.02 WHIP in 63 innings.

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  • Royals' Johan Camargo: Joins Royals on minor-league deal

    Camargo signed a minor-league deal with the Royals on Saturday.

    Camargo struggled to a .237/.297/.316 slash line in 52 games for the Phillies last season, though his 74 wRC+ represented his best mark since 2018. His defensive versatility theoretically makes him a good fit for a bench spot, but he might wind up stuck in the minors waiting for an opportunity.

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  • Royals' Aroldis Chapman: Set to sign with Royals

    Chapman agreed to a one-year, $3.75 million contract with the Royals on Thursday, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.

    He'll have an opportunity to earn more in incentives. Chapman is coming off a disappointing season which saw him put up a 4.46 ERA with just nine saves for the Yankees, but it's possible he'll get another chance to close for the Royals. Scott Barlow should remain Kansas City's closer to open 2023 after he posted a 2.18 ERA last season, but Chapman could push for the job with a strong start to the campaign.

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  • Royals' Taylor Clarke: Avoids arbitration

    Clarke signed a one-year, $1.15 million contract with the Royals on Friday to avoid arbitration, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.

    Clarke had a solid first season in Kansas City, putting up a 4.04 ERA and 48:8 K:BB over 49 innings while collecting three saves. The 29-year-old is likely to work in a middle relief role again in 2023.

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  • Royals' Josh Staumont: Inks one-year deal

    Staumont (biceps) signed a one-year, $1.025 million contract with the Royals on Friday to avoid arbitration, Jon Heyman of the New York Post reports.

    Staumont put up an ugly 6.45 ERA over 42 appearances in 2022 before his season ended prematurely due to a biceps issue. The Royals will be hoping for better health and better results in 2023, and the 29-year-old right-hander is still a likely candidate to fill a high-leverage role.

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  • Royals' Amir Garrett: Avoids arbitration with K.C.

    Garrett signed a one-year, $2.65 million contract with the Royals on Friday to avoid arbitration, Jon Heyman of the New York Postt reports.

    Garrett's first season in Kansas City didn't go all that well, as he posted a 4.96 ERA and 49:32 K:BB over 45.1 innings. He did hold lefties to a .390 OPS, though, so new manager Matt Quatraro will have to be careful when he uses the southpaw in 2023.

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  • Royals' Kris Bubic: Inks one-year deal

    Bubic and the Royals agreed on a one-year, $2.2 million contract Friday to avoid arbitration, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.

    The 25-year-old struggled in 2022, producing an inflated 5.58 ERA and 1.70 WHIP with 110 punchouts over 129 innings while starting 27 out of the 28 games he appeared in. The Royals added some rotation depth this offseason, so Bubic could be headed for a long relief or swingman role in 2023.

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  • Royals' Scott Barlow: Avoids arbitration with Kansas City

    Barlow agreed to a one-year, $5.3 million contract with the Royals on Friday to avoid arbitration, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.

    Barlow has worked as Kansas City's closer for the past season and a half, and he was effective in 2022 with a 2.18 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 77:22 K:BB over 74.1 innings. He went 24-for-28 in save chances and should enter 2023 with a firm grip on the closer role, though it's possible new manager Matt Quatraro opts for a more committee-oriented approach.

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  • Royals' Brad Keller: Avoids arbitration

    Keller signed a one-year, $5.775 million contract with the Royals on Friday to avoid arbitration, Robert Murray of FanSided.com reports.

    Keller is coming off back-to-back dreadful seasons, even getting demoted to the bullpen at one point in 2022. The Royals will hope he can bounce back in his walk year and perhaps boost his value enough that they can flip him for a prospect at the trade deadline.

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  • Royals' Nicky Lopez: Avoids arbitration

    Lopez signed a one-year, $3.7 million contract with the Royals on Friday to avoid arbitration, Jon Heyman of the New York Post reports.

    A case could have been made for Lopez to be a non-tender candidate after he had one of the worst seasons at the plate as a regular in recent memory with a .227/.281/.273 batting line in 2022. However, he's still excellent defensively and the Royals will hope he can regain his form from 2021 when he slashed .300/.365/.378. Lopez is slated to compete with Michael Massey for playing time at second base and offers depth at third behind the perpetually injured Adalberto Mondesi (knee).

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Team Statistical Rankings

Avg R HR ERA
Team .244
(14th)
640
(24th)
138
(26th)
4.70
(27th)

Injuries

Player Injury
J. Staumont RP Josh Staumont RP Biceps
J. Taylor RP Josh Taylor RP Back

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