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2016 Schedule
81-81, 3rd in AL Cent

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Here is the translation of what Jorge Soler told me on being traded from the Cubs to the Royals: "I'd like to thank the Cubs for everything, especially for the chance to make it to the big leagues and win a World Series, and I'm excited to now go to Kansas City and earn the opportunity to play every day."

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Royals GM Dayton Moore isn't just resigning himself to losing Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Lorenzo Cain and Danny Duffy when they become free agents after the 2017 season. "I think we'll make a run at some of these guys to long-term contracts," Moore said. "I can't tell you who." The Royals finalized a trade to send Wade Davis to the Cubs today. The addition of right fielder Jorge Soler gives the Royals more flexibility to listen to offers for Jarrod Dyson, who is also a year away from free agency.

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

If you're curious about Kelvin Herrera's fantasy value as the Royals' new closer, consider that in the 45 Royals games in 2016 in which Wade Davis was on the DL, Herrera had a 2.95 ERA, 0.87 WHIP and was 11-for-11 converting save chances. That's a 40-save pace over a 162-game schedule.

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

If Jorge Soler indeed lands in Kansas City in the Wade Davis deal, the best case I can make for Soler in fantasy is the substantially larger role (which, obviously, does matter a good bit). But it's a significant park downgrade for power, so there's a good chance the result is he'll be overvalued. It'd be tough for me to take him over even, say, Yasmany Tomas, my OF56.

Stats & Info

Wade Davis as good as it gets at closer

Over the last three seasons, Davis has become one of the elite closers in the major leagues. The Cubs are nearing a deal to acquire the right-hander from the Royals, sources tell ESPN's Buster Olney.

Cubs targeting Davis as Chapman replacement (1:13)
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2dBuster Olney

Sources: Cubs near deal to acquire closer Davis

The Cubs are close to a trade to acquire closer Wade Davis from the Royals, although sources said both teams still have to OK the medical information.

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

The hangup in Wade Davis' reported deal to the Cubs? The Nationals have made a late push.

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Salvador Perez to play in WBC

The Royals' four-time All-Star will play for Venezuela along with Jose Altuve, Miguel Cabrera, Carlos Gonzalez and Felix Hernandez in the 2017 World Baseball Classic. Story

Matt Marrone ESPN.com 

?Your newest Baseball Hall of Famers, former MLB commissioner Bud Selig and longtime exec John Schuerholz, introduced this morning at the winter meetings. "This is the sterling moment of my life," said Schuerholz during brief remarks from each. "The Shangri-La of my dreams." Bud Selig said his election left him "speechless."

Jim Witalka ESPN Producer 

Ned Yost brought his World Series ring to meet the media as the winter meetings kick off

Royals GM looking to improve team (0:50)

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Royals manager Ned Yost says GM Dayton Moore isn't going to make any trades just to save money.

ESPN Stats and Information  

Former Royals and Braves GM John Schuerholz was one of two people elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame along with Bud Selig. Schuerholz won the World Series with the 1985 Royals and 1995 Braves. From 1991 to 2007 (his time as Braves GM), the Braves had an MLB-best .593 win pct and MLB-low 3.63 team ERA.

Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Batting Average.2617th
On Base Percentage.31226th
Slugging Percentage.40024th
Earned Run Average4.2117th
Quality Starts68Tied-21st

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