The Kansas City Royals and relief pitcher Tim Collins, who missed the team's World Series run after Tommy John surgery, have agreed to a one-year contract for $1,475 million.
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Forget Eric Hosmer's World Series woes
World Series aside, Hosmer is an excellent first baseman with good hands and an exceptional arm. He'd be close to the top 10 based on his defense alone, but Hosmer adds even more value with his improving offense. Top 10 first basemen (Insider)
The Mets would be happy to sign Royals free agent Ben Zobrist, a versatile infielder with a good bat, but the market might be too strong.
Escobar is majors' No. 6 shortstop
Buster Olney concedes that Alcides Escobar's hitting stats are far from impressive. But, Olney adds, the Royals shortstop gets the job done when needed the most. Top 10 shortstops (Insider)
The Royals' postseason share is just under the record set by the Giants, while the Mets set a record for a World Series loser at $300,758.
Johnny Cueto, one of the top free-agent pitchers this offseason, rejected a contract offer from the Diamondbacks, according to GM Dave Stewart.
Moustakas is majors' No. 6 at 3B
One season after being returned to the minors as a wake-up call, Mike Moustakas is listed among the elite big leaguers at his position by Buster Olney. Top 10 third basemen (Insider)
Royals still the AL Central favorite
Kansas City may lose several big names in free agency, but the team has the resources and creativity to hold steady as the class of its division, Jim Bowden writes. MLB status check (Insider)
No reliever better than Wade Davis
Not only is the Royals' closer a gold mine of impressive statistics, but he dominates like no other. Opposing hitters will tell you his stuff is so good that it looks there is nothing to swing at. Olney: Top 10 relievers (Insider)
Advantage Mets in shot at revenge
History will be on New York's side when it faces its World Series opponent, Kansas City, on Opening Day in 2016. The Mets are 16 games above .500 in openers, while the Royals are 15 games below.
Baseball's Eric Hosmer speaks on growing up in a Cuban-American family and on how the Royals won their championship.
AL MVP voting breakdown
- Josh Donaldson, Blue Jays: 23 first-place votes, 385 points
- Mike Trout, Angels: 7 first-place votes, 304 points
- Lorenzo Cain, Royals: 20 third-place votes, 225 points
A spark plug for Toronto's potent offensive attack, Josh Donaldson was named AL MVP over Mike Trout of the Angels and Lorenzo Cain of the Royals.
Could Fernandez move to Kansas City?
Jose Fernandez would be a nice low-cost alternative to filling Johnny Cueto's spot in the rotation. But do the Royals have the prospects to offer for him? Other possible destinations
The Royals and Mets will anchor a Sunday tripleheader to open the 2016 MLB season on April 3.
Plenty of interest in Joakim Soria
According to reports, the free-agent reliever is on the radar of several teams, including the Rangers, Royals, Twins and Giants. Who's the front-runner for his services? MLB rumors roundup
Clear two-horse race for AL MVP
Lorenzo Cain may have led his team to a World Series championship, but he doesn't have the kind of regular-season numbers Josh Donaldson and Mike Trout posted this year.
Ventura to challenge Sale next year?
Yordano Ventura has velocity on his fastball, and with some small tweaks it could get even scarier. Chicago's Chris Sale is projected to be the best in the AL next season, but he could easily see competition out of Kansas City. Sleeper 2016 Cy Young picks (Insider)
Is Dayton Moore the MVP of GMs?
The Royals not only returned to the World Series, but also won it, and Moore had a large hand in that. If it weren't for the free-agent signings of Kendrys Morales and Edinson Volquez, would the hardware be in New York? MLB executive awards (Insider)
Buster Olney chats with Jayson Stark and Jerry Crasnick about the MLB offseason to this point and more. Plus, he spans the baseball globe with visits to Kansas City, Los Angeles, Boston and Chicago.
Should Yost be Manager of the Year?
A panel of 25 ESPN baseball experts were asked who they think should be named AL Manager of the Year. How many votes did Royals skipper Ned Yost receive? ESPN picks
Mayor of New York pays up, croons for KC
When it comes to betting on the World Series, New York City mayor Bill de Blasio is a man of his word. Check it out
What's next for Chris Young?
Considering that he didn't play in 2013 and put up poor numbers in Seattle in 2014, Young had a phenomenal partial season with the Royals. What does Keith Law project the future will hold for the RHP? MLB Buyer's Guide: Starting pitchers (Insider)