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KC Royals enhance pitching depth with four additions

With the major league baseball free agent market moving at a historical glacial pace, the Kansas City Royals have made some under-the-radar moves to address their biggest need – pitching.

In December the Royals added four pitchers from outside their organization to the 40-man big league roster.  They are right-handers Wily Peralta, Scott Barlow, Brad Keller and Burch Smith.

Peralta is the only recognizable name of the group.  Only a diehard fan would know the others.

A look back at the Top 10 Kansas City sports moments in 2017

As we start into the New Year, let’s look back at the Top 10 headlines and see what made 2017 great for Kansas City sports fans.

While 2017 was not as exciting as some previous years, like the Royals’ 2015 World Series championship, there was still so much that left fans of every team around the area happy at the end of the year.

With changes ahead, the Royals should have an intriguing off-season

The World Series is over and that means the free agent season is beginning, which will signify the dismantling of the 2015 World Series champions. The Kansas City Royals that won it all that year will not look anything like the Royals that will report in February to spring training in Surprise, Arizona.

General manager Dayton Moore, with the blessing of owner David Glass, kept the core of that World Series team together the past two years, but they didn’t make it back to the playoffs.

Royals RHP Jason Hammel moves around, turns season around

Royals General Manager Dayton Moore suddenly had a gaping hole in the rotation after the death of Yordano Ventura in a vehicle accident on January 22nd in the Dominican Republic. Jason Hammel was unsigned after his former club, the Chicago Cubs, captured the 2016 World Series Crown. Moore promptly signed the right-handed pitcher to a two-year $16 million contract on February 8.

After a slow start in 2017, Jason Hammel said he has “absolutely” turned his season around.

“One hundred percent it’s changed for sure,” Hammel said.

Royals hope ‘Last Dance’ for key players is a ‘Victory Lap’ and World Series Championship

royals trade aquisitions

In 1972 a classic Marlon Brando movie “Last Tango In Paris” was released. In 2017, it is the “Last Tango In Kansas City” for several Royals. We all know, from owner David Glass, general manager Dayton Moore, manager Ned Yost and the players, this group of Royals will be scattered to several directions next year.

This will be the last season for Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Lorenzo Cain, Alcides Escobar, Salvador Perez and Alex Gordon, the core group for six years, will be teammates.

Jason Vargas for MVP! Great numbers make LHP the Royals first-half-of-season star

Jason Vargas

This defies reality, but I promise is not fake news. The Royals’ Jason Vargas, a 34-year-old left-hander, has won more than 11 games in the majors in only one season, going 14-11 with a 3.85 ERA in 33 Seattle starts…Until this year, that is.

Vargas had already claimed an American League-leading 12 victories entering July. His 2.22 ERA was the best in the American League. He went 6-0 with a 1.98 ERA in June. He is 7-1 with an AL-leading 1.84 ERA in his first nine home starts this season.

Should the Royals be sellers or buyers as MLB trade deadline approaches?

Royals trade

With the trading deadline looming at the end of the month, Royals General Manager Dayton Moore will face some key decisions that will determine the Royals future not only for this season, but could impact the franchise for the next several years.

Everyone knows the Royals list of potential free agents – third baseman Mike Moustakas, first baseman Eric Hosmer, center fielder Lorenzo Cain, shortstop Alcides Escobar and left-handers Jason Vargas and Mike Minor. Trade several of those and the Royals should be able to get back a boatload of prospects, many nearly Major League-ready.

For the Royals, time is rapidly running out for a turnaround in 2017

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I’m not ready to wave the white flag yet on the season for the Kansas City Royals, but I have taken it out of the closet and am close to running it up the pole.

I know it is a long season, but it is getting late to say it is early. A third of the season has passed and the Royals have shown little signs of making a serious run to make it into the postseason.

In fact, entering June the Royals are not only in last place in the American League Central, but have the worst record in the AL. That is the bad news. The good news is that despite their travails they are only 6½ games out of first.

Will May be better for the Kansas City Royals? They’re glad to be past April

Royals in May

Will May be better? It can’t be much worse than April was for the Royals.

When the Kansas City Royals hit a major league-worst .210 in April, you can expect a bad month. When you add to that a .270 on-base percentage and a .336 slugging percentage, also, all worst in the bigs, you know that is going to add up to a lot of losses.

When you score a big league-worst 63 runs, 24 fewer than the next club, it is going to be a long, long, month.

When your bullpen, once a strength, is 2-7 with a 5.67 ERA and with more blown saves, four, than saves, three, and you know it must be horrible month.

It was. Ending with a nine-game losing streak and the American League Central caboose.

Why Mike Moustakas must be re-signed by the KC Royals

Mike Moustakas

Royals fans know one of the looming questions surrounding this season is which of four top players in the last year of the contract will stay in Kansas City. Based on the Royals cap space and the money they can offer, it’s most likely they can only keep one of the four. Out of the four of them, however, the Royals need to get Mike Moustakas a new contract above Eric Hosmer, Lorenzo Cain and Alcides Escobar.