Royals Invite 16 Players to Major League Spring Training

The Kansas City Royals announced today that the club has invited 16 non-roster players to Major League Spring Training in Surprise, Ariz.  Among the invitations are seven pitchers, three catchers, two infielders and four outfielders. 

Included in the 16 invitees are 10 that played in the Royals’ organization last season.  Right-handed pitcher Jason Adam (fifth round, 2010), left-handed pitcher Scott Alexander (sixth round, 2010), right-handed pitcher Aaron Brooks (ninth round, 2011) and right-handed pitcher Kyle Zimmer (first round-fifth overall, 2012) were all drafted by the Royals, while right-handed pitcher Sugar Ray Marimon, catcher Juan Graterol and outfielder Jorge Bonifacio all signed as non-drafted free agents.  Catcher Adam Moore and outfielders Gorkys Hernandez and Paulo Orlando all played in Kansas City’s system in 2013. Other non-roster invitees, each of whom has previous Major League experience, include right-handed pitchers Cory Wade and P.J. Walters, catcher Ramon Hernandez, infielders Jason Donald and Brandon Laird and outfielder Melky Mesa.

Pitchers and catchers will report to Surprise on Friday, February 14.  Workouts for pitchers begin the following day, Saturday, February 15.  The remainder of the squad will report on Wednesday, February 19 and begin workouts for the 2014 campaign on Thursday, February 20. 

 

KANSAS CITY ROYALS 40-MAN ROSTER

Pitchers (20)                             B/T          Ht        Wt           DOB              Age          MLS

Francisley Bueno                       L/L         5-11     205           3-5-81            32            0.111

Maikel Cleto                              R/R          6-1      210           5-1-89            24            0.069

Louis Coleman                          R/R          6-3      190           4-4-86            27            2.053

Tim Collins                                L/L          5-7      170           8-21-89          24            3.000

Aaron Crow                              R/R          6-2      205           11-10-86        27            3.000

Wade Davis                               R/R          6-5      220           9-7-85            28            4.032

Danny Duffy                             L/L          6-3      205           12-21-88        25            2.085

Chris Dwyer                              R/L          6-3      210           4-10-88          25            0.012

Jeremy Guthrie                          R/R          6-1      200           4-8-79            34            7.130

Kelvin Herrera                          R/R         5-10     156           12-31-89        24            1.157

Luke Hochevar                         R/R          6-5      205           9-15-83          30            5.151

Greg Holland                             R/R         5-11     189           11-20-85        28            3.028

Donnie Joseph                           L/L          6-3      190           11-1-87          26            0.032

John Lamb                                L/L          6-3      185           7-10-90          23            0.000

Michael Mariot                          R/R          6-0      190           10-20-88        25            0.000

Justin Marks                              L/L          6-3      205           1-12-88          25            0.000

James Shields                            R/R          6-3      214           12-20-81        32            7.125

Everett Teaford                         L/L          6-0      158           5-15-84          29            1.093

Jason Vargas                             L/L          6-0      215           2-2-83            30            6.114

Yordano Ventura                      R/R          6-0      180           6-3-91            22            0.013

 

Catchers (3)                             B/T          Ht        Wt           DOB              Age          MLS

Brett Hayes                               R/R          6-1      200           2-13-84          29            3.017

Francisco Pena                          R/R          6-2      197           10-12-89        24            0.000

Salvador Perez                          R/R          6-3      242           5-10-90          23            2.050

 

Infielders (11)                           B/T          Ht        Wt           DOB              Age          MLS

Emilio Bonifacio                       S/R         5-10     195           4-23-85          28            5.066

Billy Butler                                R/R          6-1      242           4-18-86          27            6.102

Pedro Ciriaco                            R/R          6-0      160           9-27-85          28            1.171

Christian Colon                         R/R          6-0      190           5-14-89          24            0.000

Cheslor Cuthbert                       R/R          6-1      190           11-16-92        21            0.000

Alcides Escobar                        R/R          6-1      185           12-16-86        27            4.082

Johnny Giavotella                     R/R          5-8      185           7-10-87          26            1.011

Eric Hosmer                              L/L          6-4      215           10-24-89        24            2.146

Omar Infante                             R/R          6-0      150           12-26-81        32          10.120

Mike Moustakas                        L/R          6-0      195           9-11-88          25            2.111

Danny Valencia                        R/R          6-2      220           9-19-84          29            2.118

 

Outfielders (6)                          B/T          Ht        Wt           DOB              Age          MLS

Lane Adams                              R/R          6-4      190           11-13-89        24            0.000

Nori Aoki                                  L/R          5-7      176           1-5-82            32            2.000

Lorenzo Cain                            R/R          6-3      198           4-13-86          27            2.074

Jarrod Dyson                             L/R         5-10     160           8-15-84          29            2.088

Alex Gordon                             L/R          6-1      210           2-10-84          29            6.092

Justin Maxwell                          R/R          6-5      225           11-6-83          30            3.066

 

KANSAS CITY ROYALS 2014 SPRING TRAINING NON-ROSTER INVITEES (16 TOTAL)

Pitchers (7)                               B/T          Ht        Wt           DOB              Age            MLS

Jason Adam                              R/R          6-4      225           8-4-91            22             0.000

Scott Alexander                         L/L          6-2      190           7-10-89          24             0.000

Aaron Brooks                            R/R          6-4      220           4-27-90          23             0.000

Sugar Ray Marimon                  R/R          6-3      150           9-30-88          25             0.000

Cory Wade                                R/R          6-2      192           5-28-83          30             3.071

P.J. Walters                               R/R          6-4      200           3-12-85          29             1.114

Kyle Zimmer                             R/R          6-3      210           9-13-91          22             0.000

 

Catchers (3)                             B/T          Ht        Wt           DOB              Age            MLS

Juan Graterol                             R/R          6-1      205           2-14-89          24             0.000

Ramon Hernandez                    R/R          6-0      218           5-20-76          37           14.011

Adam Moore                             R/R          6-3      220           5-8-84            29             2.038

 

Infielders (2)                             B/T          Ht        Wt           DOB              Age            MLS

Jason Donald                            R/R          6-1      195           9-4-84            29             1.163

Brandon Laird                           R/R          6-1      215           9-11-87          26             0.109

 

Outfielders (4)                          B/T          Ht        Wt           DOB              Age            MLS

Jorge Bonifacio                         R/R          6-2      180           6-4-93            20             0.000

Gorkys Hernandez                    R/R          6-1      188           9-7-87            26             0.111

Melky Mesa                              R/R          6-1      165           1-31-87          26             0.037

Paulo Orlando                           R/R          6-3      165           11-1-85          28             0.000

Royals Add Two Minor League Players

The Kansas City Royals announced today that the club has signed two players to minor league contracts for the 2014 season.  The club plans to announce Major League Spring Training invitations at a later date.

Infielder Jason Donald, 29, spent the 2013 season in the Cincinnati Reds’ organization, playing 78 games for Louisville (AAA).  He batted .219 with 15 doubles, two triples, two homers and 23 runs scored.  He played portions of three seasons in the Major Leagues with the Cleveland Indians (2010-12), appearing in a career-high 88 games in 2010.  He hit .318 in just 39 games in 2011, with six doubles, one triple and one home run.  The right-handed hitting infielder is a career .257 hitter (142-for-552) with 27 doubles, five triples, seven homers and 43 RBI at the Major League level.

Outfielder Melky Mesa, 26, played in five games for the New York Yankees last season, going 5-for-13 (.385) with two doubles and two runs scored.  He also hit .261 in 84 games for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (AAA) with 15 doubles, 13 homers and 39 RBI.  He also added 13 stolen bases in 15 attempts.  The right-handed hitting outfielder has spent his entire professional career in the Yankees’ organization, appearing in eight games at the Major League level.  His best season came in 2012, when he hit a combined .264 with 23 homers and 67 RBI between Trenton (AA) and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. 

Royals Trade Lough to Orioles for Infielder Danny Valencia

The Kansas City Royals announced today that the club has acquired infielder Danny Valencia from the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for outfielder David Lough.

Valencia, 29, split 117 games between Baltimore and Triple-A Norfolk last season, being recalled to the Major Leagues on May 19.  He hit .304 in 52 games for the Orioles with 14 doubles, eight homers and 23 RBI.  Valencia’s .553 slugging percentage was the fifth-highest in the American League among players with at least 150 at bats.  The right-handed hitting infielder batted .371 (36-for-97) with 14 doubles and four homers against left-handed pitching.  He also hit .350 (35-for-100) with a .580 slugging percentage after the All-Star break.

Valencia has spent parts of four seasons in the Major Leagues with Minnesota (2010-12), Boston (2012) and Baltimore (2013).  He’s a career .263 hitter with 66 doubles, five triples, 33 homers and 156 RBI in 335 games.  The fifth-year infielder has hit .295 (18-for-61) in his career at Kauffman Stadium with five doubles, a homer and 12 RBI.

Lough, 27, hit .286 with 17 doubles, five homers and 33 RBI in 96 games for the Royals last season.

Royals Agree To Terms With Infielder Omar Infante

The Kansas City Royals announced today that they have agreed to terms with free agent infielder Omar Infante on a four-year contract, with a club option for 2018.  Per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Infante, 31, hit .318 last season with 24 doubles, 10 homers and 51 RBI in 118 games for the Detroit Tigers.  He played all 118 games at second base, but has started 188 games at shortstop, 63 games at third base and 67 in the outfield in his career.  In 2013, he ranked fifth among Major League second basemen with a .450 slugging percentage and a .795 OPS.  A right-handed hitter, Infante hit .301 (44-for-146) against left-handed pitching, and .326 (100-for-307) against righties.  He also batted .325 (37-for-114) with runners in scoring position and had a .326 mark with runners on base (70-for-215).  Omar is moving into a ballpark where he’s seen a good amount of success, hitting .314 in Kauffman Stadium (49-for-156), his highest average in a visiting ballpark where he has at least 150 at bats.

A 2010 All-Star with the Atlanta Braves, Infante finished that season third in the National League with a career-best .321 batting average and 125 singles, which ranked fourth in the league. Over the past four seasons with Atlanta (2010), Miami (2011-12) and Detroit (2012-13), Infante has hit .295 with 93 doubles, 21 triples, 37 homers, 200 RBI and a .415 slugging percentage.  His 21 triples since the start of 2010 are the most among Major League second basemen.  Defensively, the 12-year veteran infielder led the National League in assists (466) as a Marlin in 2011, ranked fourth among N.L. second sackers with a .989 fielding percentage and fifth with 75 double plays.   

Infante resides in Lecheria, Venezuela with his wife, Yohanna.  The couple has one son, Yomar.  

Listen to General Manager Dayton Moore and Omar Infante’s Tuesday press conference.

Royals Sign Three Players to Minor League Contracts

The Kansas City Royals announced today that the club has signed three players to minor league contracts for the 2014 season.  The club plans to announce Major League Spring Training invitations at a later date.

Infielder Brian Bocock, 28, played a combined 53 games between Syracuse (AAA) and Indianapolis (AAA), hitting .175 with seven doubles, three homers and nine RBI.  He has spent parts of two seasons in the Major Leagues, appearing in 32 games for the San Francisco Giants in 2008 and playing in six games for the Philadelphia Phillies in 2010.  He was a ninth-round selection by the Giants in 2006 and participated in the XM Satellite Radio Futures All-Star Game in 2007.

Outfielder Johermyn Chavez, 24, joins the Royals after spending the 2013 season in the Chicago Cubs’ organization, at Tennessee (AA).  Chavez played 24 games in the outfield, batting .206 with four doubles, seven runs scored and a .306 on-base percentage.  He also pitched in five games, going 1-1 with an 8.53 ERA, allowing six earned runs on six hits in 6.1 frames.  Chavez was a 2010 Postseason All-Star in the California League, while playing for High Desert (A-Advanced), when he hit .315 with 32 homers and 97 RBI.

Right-handed pitcher Cory Wade, 30, pitched for three different organizations in 2013, spending time at the Triple-A level with Iowa, Durham and Las Vegas.  He posted a combined record of 4-4 with 3.86 ERA in 42 games, while making five starts – all for Durham.  Wade has spent four seasons in the Major Leagues, pitching for the Los Angeles Dodgers (2008-09) and New York Yankees (2011-12).  His best season came in 2011 with the Yankees, when he went 6-1 with a 2.04 ERA in 40 relief appearances, allowing just eight walks and striking out 30 in 39.1 innings. 

Royals Near Agreement with 2B Infante

A person close to the negotiations tells The Associated Press that the Kansas City Royals and second baseman Omar Infante are nearing an agreement on a four-year contract.

The person spoke Friday night on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been finalized. Fox Sports first reported the two sides were close to an agreement.

Royals general manager Dayton Moore has said throughout the offseason that upgrading at second base was a priority. Kansas City used six players at the position this past season, though none did enough to make the Royals feel comfortable moving forward.

The 31-year-old Infante would stabilize second base in Kansas City for the first time in years. He hit .318 with 10 homers and 51 RBIs in 118 games for Detroit last season.

Royals Acquire Norichika Aoki From Milwaukee For Pitcher Will Smith

The Kansas City Royals announced today that they have acquired outfielder Norichika Aoki from the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for left-handed pitcher Will Smith. 

Aoki, 31, batted .286 with eight home runs, 37 RBI and 20 stolen bases for Milwaukee in 2013.  He ranked second in the Major Leagues with 40 infield hits, while he led the National League in singles (140), tied for seventh in multi-hit games (50), seventh in times reaching base (237) and tied for 10th in hits (171).  Aoki hit .339 (60-for-181) against left-handed pitching last season, the top average by a left-handed hitter in the Major Leagues.  He also struck out just 40 times in 674 plate appearances for an MLB-leading 16.9 at-bats per strikeout ratio.

Aoki was signed by the Brewers prior to the 2012 season after playing eight seasons with the Tokyo Yakult Swallows of the Japanese Central League (2004-11).  He batted .288 during his rookie campaign with the Brewers, collecting 10 homers, 50 RBI and 30 stolen bases in 151 games.  He finished fifth in National League Rookie of the Year voting, leading all first-year players in steals and tied San Diego’s Yonder Alonso for the N.L. rookie lead in hits (150). 

He hit .329 with 84 homers, 385 RBI and 164 stolen bases during his career in Japan.  Aoki won the Central League’s batting championship three times: 2005 (.344), 2007 (.346) and 2010 (.358) and hit over .300 in seven of his eight seasons in the league.  He is the only player in Nippon Professional Baseball history with two 200-plus hit seasons (2005 and 2010).  Aoki was a seven-time recipient of the Best Nine Award (Japanese equivalent of the Silver Slugger Award), a six-time Gold Glove honoree in center field and was the 2005 Central League Rookie of the Year.  He was also a member of both of Japan’s World Baseball Classic championship teams in 2006 and 2009.

He will become the first Japanese-born position player to suit up for the Royals.

Smith, 24, went 2-1 with a 3.24 ERA in 19 appearances (18 as a reliever) for the Royals last season. 

Dayton Moore Press Conference:

Royals General Manager Dayton Moore Gets Two Year Extension

The Kansas City Royals announced today that Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations/General Manager, Dayton Moore, has agreed to a two-year extension that runs through the 2016 season.  Consistent with club policy, terms of the agreement are not disclosed

“When Dayton’s contract was extended during the 2009 season, I felt that this franchise had begun to turn the corner and that we were pointed in the proper direction,” said Dan Glass, Royals’ team President.  “It’s been a challenging process, but we are now seeing tangible evidence that the process is working, thanks to the tireless efforts of Dayton and his Baseball Operations staff.  Dayton is not only an outstanding baseball man, but he’s very much a part of our family and one of the top individuals I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with.”

“I’m very proud of the entire organization, especially our scouting and player development departments for their dedication and commitment to the Royals,” said Moore.  “It’s a tremendous honor and privilege to work with Mr. Glass, Dan and the entire family.” 

Moore, who officially joined the Royals’ organization on June 8, 2006, has engineered a franchise turnaround by building the majority of the roster from within, with 21 members of the current 40-man roster “home grown.”  Of that group, the starting lineup had five full-time home-grown players, while the best statistical bullpen in the American League in 2013 featured a half-dozen hurlers who came up through the system, highlighted by closer Greg Holland, who set the franchise record for saves this past season with 47. 

The 2013 squad finished with 86 wins, the 10th best victory total in franchise history and most wins for Kansas City since 1989.  The 2013 season also witnessed the first time the organization had three Rawlings Gold Glove winners in the same season, each of whom were home-grown athletes (Alex Gordon, Eric Hosmer and Salvador Perez) and the first time since 1988 that the club had three representatives in the All-Star Game (Gordon, Perez and Holland).

Royals Trade Kottaras For Cash

 The Kansas City Royals announced today that the club has traded catcher George Kottaras to the Chicago Cubs for cash considerations.  Kottaras was designated for assignment on November 22.  

Kottaras, 30, played in 46 games for the Royals last season, making 29 starts behind the plate.  The left-handed hitting catcher batted .180 with five homers and 12 RBI.  He also drew 24 walks, which led the Major Leagues among players with 150 or fewer plate appearances.  His .349 on-base percentage ranked sixth among American League backstops that played at least 40 games.

Royals Unveil New Road Uniforms

The Kansas City Royals today announced updates to the club’s road alternate uniform for the 2014 season. 

 

Changes to the road alternate “royal blue” uniform include:

  • The jersey will feature the Royals classic KC logo, which also appears on the club’s cap.
  • The royal blue jersey will be trimmed in white and powder blue piping, and the numeral and player name will be white with a powder blue outline.
  • The classic KC logo will appear on a Royals regular season game uniform for the first time in club history, and the new look includes several design elements featured in the club’s various blue “batting practice” jerseys worn from the 1980s into the early 2000s.

 

“The KC logo continues to be extremely popular with our fan base and is synonymous with Kansas City,” said Kevin Uhlich, Royals Sr. Vice President-Business Operations.  “With that in mind, the Royals are excited to incorporate the logo into our uniform collection for the 2014 season.”

A graphic illustrating the new uniform is attached.

The Royals Majestic Team Store, located at Gate C of Kauffman Stadium, will offer the new jersey exclusively through Monday, December 2 and has announced special holiday hours for fans looking for the perfect Royals gift for friends and family.  The store will be open today at 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.  Special holiday shopping hours are Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sundays from noon-6 p.m. through December 23.  The store is closed on Thanksgiving Day, but will be open for extended hours the following day – Friday, November 29 – from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.