Daily Archives: January 25, 2015

Additions Rios, Morales are key to Royals’ offense


JANUARY 2015 – Alex Rios and Kendrys Morales are coming off a gloomy season, but both have feasible reasons on why 2014 was a down year.

The Kansas City Royals are counting both free agent signees having a bounce back season. Rios, who turns 34 in February, was signed for $11 million for one season with a mutual option for 2016. Morales signed a two-year contract for $17 million. He will pocket $6.5 million in 2016 and $9 million in 2016 with a $1.5 million buyout for an $11 million option for 2017. Plus, he could earn another $750,000 each year on bonuses based on plate appearances.

Chiefs win at end, but miss playoffs

Chiefs-Justin Houston

JANUARY 2015 – In 2006, an improbable series of events on the final regular season weekend got the Kansas City Chiefs into the playoffs.

The Chiefs beat Jacksonville 35-30 to finish with a 9-7 record, but still needed Pittsburgh to beat Cincinnati, New England to beat Tennessee and the most unlikely San Francisco to beat Denver to back into the playoffs as a wildcard. Check, check and check.

Of course, the Chiefs were one-and-done in the playoff losing at Indianapolis and Peyton Manning.

“That year it happened for us,” Chiefs owner Clark Hunt said. “This year it didn’t.