Owners of consecutive American League pennants and a World Series title, the Royals have a clear window to add to their legacy, writes Buster Olney.
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The Royals and third baseman Mike Moustakas agreed Thursday to a $14.3 million, two-year contract that not only avoids arbitration this year but also buys out his final year.
Raul Mondesi No. 73 prospect in 2016
Right now, Mondesi looks like a great defensive shortstop who contributes little with the bat. That said, he's so young and athletically gifted that he could be much more. Kansas City has two total prospects in the top 100. Law: Top 100 prospects (Insider)
As the dust settles on Super Bowl 50, the Panthers are raking in condolences from fellow pro sports teams.
Marly Rivera ESPN Writer
Royals Manager Ned Yost live right now on SportsCenter - ¡En vivo!
Marly Rivera ESPN Writer
El invitado especial para la Cumbre de Béisbol de ESPN - Ned Yost, el dirigente de los campeones Reales de Kansas City
Royals, Moustakas agree to 2-year deal
3B Mike Moustakas will avoid arbitration for the next two seasons as he agreed to a two-year, $14.3 million deal. He hit .284 last year with 34 doubles, 22 homers and 82 RBIs and earned his first All-Star nod.
Did Mark Teahen carry 2006 Royals?
Five of their regular position players were older than 30. Their top five starters had ERAs of 5.71, 5.34, 6.48, 5.12 and 5.64. Most of the relievers had ERAs over 5.00 as well. Teahen, however, managed a 3.7 WAR on this 100-loss squad. The best players on terrible teams
Royals have No. 23 farm system in 2016
The Royals used the fruits of the system to win a World Series and another AL pennant. Naturally, they're now light on position players, and many of the pitching prospects left are several years out. Ranking all 30 farm systems (Insider)
World Series or Super Bowl contender?
Bo Jackson was an All-Star outfielder for the Royals and a Pro Bowl running back for the Los Angeles Raiders, but a hip injury kept him out of both Cooperstown and Canton. Dual MLB-NFL players
Don't write off Ian Desmond yet
Despite his flaws, the shortstop offers power at a key position and he's durable. The Padres need a shortstop and their first-round pick is protected. The Royals could use Desmond as a big upgrade at second base. Free agents worth the gamble
Chiefs catch Royals wishing Panthers Luck
As the condolences rolled in to the Panthers' Twitter feed, one note of encouragement from the Royals -- who bounced back from a World Series loss to win a title in 2015 -- didn't slip by Kansas City's football team. Got 'em
Ventura close to putting it together
Armed with a blazing fastball and hammer curve, Yordano Ventura has always had the potential to dominate in the majors. While that has yet to happen, a closer look at his stats down the stretch last season suggest he could soon be poised for a breakout. Sarris: Hidden aces (Insider)
Jonny Gomes, fresh off a World Series title with the Royals, will spend next season in Japan playing for the Rakuten Golden Eagles.
The Royals' re-signing of Alex Gordon tops the list of the biggest moves in what's been a busy offseason.
The Kansas City Royals have signed former Orioles outfielder Travis Snider to a minor league contract that includes an invitation to spring training.
The Royals have announced their five-year, $70 million deal with pitcher Ian Kennedy, which was agreed to almost two weeks ago but did not become official until Friday.
Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer
Agents say the Royals are trying to add one more OF at low cost. David Murphy seems like a good fit, but probably out of their price range
Thanks to the Royals' success, loading up on relievers has become all the rage. But teams trying to copy their formula should beware: Bulking up your bullpen is not as easy as it looks.
FanGraphs has missed on the Royals to the tune of 30 wins over the last three seasons. What's going on?
Curveball bodes well for Ventura
Part of the reason Yordano Ventura enjoyed more success in the second half of the 2015 season was the increased use of his hard curve, which generates plenty of ground balls. The offering grades as one of the top pitches among starters. Best pitches in MLB (Insider)
Buster Olney chats with Jerry Crasnick & Tim Kurkjian about what's next for Yoenis Cespedes and reveals his preseason top-10. Plus, Jesse Rogers stops by to discuss the Cubs.
Bring it in, 'bro
In honor of National Hug Day, we rounded up some of baseball's best embraces. George Brett has said that hugging Bret Saberhagen on the mound in 1985 was a career highlight. So of course, we had to include it on our list. Baseball's best hugs