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58-104, 5th in AL Cent
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Royals, OF Hamilton agree to 1-year deal

Billy Hamilton, who spent the first six years of his career with the Reds, has agreed to a one-year deal worth $5.25 million with the Royals.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

The Royals churned through nine different center fielders in 2018, with nobody starting more than 31 games, so at the minimum Billy Hamilton should provide some stability to the position. He's unlikely to improve on the team's collective .246/.302/.357 batting line, but he'll provide plus defense and could become a potential trade chip as well in July.

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5dBradford Doolittle and David Schoenfield

Kluber for Schwarber and more trades we want to see in Vegas

A swap of 2016 World Series stars? Madison Bumgarner in Dodger blue? We play Let's Make A Deal, Las Vegas-style with moves we'd make if we were calling the shots at the winter meetings.

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Royals sign Cuthbert, Flynn, Hahn

The Kansas City Royals signed infielder Cheslor Cuthbert, left-hander Brian Flynn and right-hander Jesse Hahn to one-year contracts for next season Thursday ahead of baseball's non-tender deadline.

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14dDavid Schoenfield

Way-too-early 2019-20 MLB free-agent rankings

While this winter's crop searches for new homes, we look ahead to the big decisions that loom for some of the game's top stars -- Nolan Arenado, Chris Sale, Paul Goldschmidt and Gerrit Cole among them.

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21dDavid Schoenfield

The top offseason priority for all 30 MLB teams

Your favorite team probably isn't going to get Bryce Harper or Manny Machado. But another move -- maybe for a top pitcher -- could make all the difference this winter.

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Former MLB pitcher and coach Fischer dies at 88

Bill Fischer, who spent more than seven decades as a player and coach in professional baseball, died Tuesday. He was 88. He spent the past eight years as a senior adviser to the Kansas City Royals.

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Royals RHP Peralta to re-sign for 1 year, $3.25M

Reliever Wily Peralta and the Kansas City Royals agreed to a $3.25 million, one-year contract Wednesday, ensuring one of the few bright spots in the team's shaky bullpen will be back next season.

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Hammel's $12M option declined by Royals

Jason Hammel's $12 million mutual option has been declined by the Kansas City Royals, who will pay the 36-year-old right-hander a $2 million buyout.

Charles Moynihan ESPN Producer 

Milwaukee Brewers catcher Erik Kratz has played for 7 major league clubs. A dozen of his college friends called his wife and raided his closet. Each wore one of his game used jerseys and surprised him after Game 6 of the NLCS.

Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

Royal scuffle: KC and NWSL's Utah at odds

The Kansas City Royals are opposing the trademark of the Utah Royals FC, a National Women's Soccer League team that recently completed its first season.

Bob Pockrass NASCAR 

Royals outfielder Alex Gordon will drive the pace car prior to the start of the NASCAR Cup Series playoff race Oct. 21 at Kansas Speedway.

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Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Batting Average.24518th
On Base Percentage.30524th
Slugging Percentage.39224th
Earned Run Average4.9429th
Quality Starts6128th