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2015 Schedule
95-67, 1st in AL Cent
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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

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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

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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)

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8dDavid Schoenfield

Schoenfield: Top 5 offseason moves

The Royals' re-signing of Alex Gordon tops the list of the biggest moves in what's been a busy offseason.

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Royals ink OF Snider to minor league deal

The Kansas City Royals have signed former Orioles outfielder Travis Snider to a minor league contract that includes an invitation to spring training.

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Kennedy, Royals finalize 5-year, $70 million deal

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

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12dJayson Stark

Stark: What's fueling baseball's Bullpen Mania?

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.

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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)

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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

Royals, Moustakas far apart after arbitration (2:18)
Most intriguing players in the American League Central (4:03)
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Royals, OF Cain reach 2-year deal for $17.5M

All-Star OF Lorenzo Cain, coming off a season in which he became the first Royals player since 2011 to score more than 100 runs, finalized a $17.5 million, two-year deal with Kansas City.

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22dDavid Schoenfield

All-time great bullpens: 2010s

Continuing the SweetSpot series on bullpens, David Schoenfield ranks the best bullpens of the 2010s.

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Royals need an upgrade at second

If Kansas City is really in win-now mode, Omar Infante is not the answer at second base, Jim Bowden writes. That said, free agents Ian Desmond and Howie Kendrick could be logical options. Fits for free agents (Insider)

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Olney: Why the Royals signed Kennedy

Ian Kennedy's durability, history with pitching coach Dave Eiland and the fact that Kansas City is in win-now mode are among the reasons why the Royals inked the right-hander to a five-year, $70 million deal, sources tell Buster Olney. Olney's blog (Insider)

Royals pay steep price for Ian Kennedy

"There's more downside than upside here for the Royals, and even with the big revenue boost they should receive off their 2015 World Series win, they will have a hard time carrying a contract like this if it goes south and they need to spend more money to fill the same need," Keith Law writes. Analyzing Kennedy, Davis deals (Insider)

Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Batting Average.2693rd
On Base Percentage.32211th
Slugging Percentage.41211th
Earned Run Average3.7310th
Quality Starts7124th

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