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Kris Bubic threw his first bullpen session on Wednesday. (Source: MLB.com)

Fantasy Impact: It was the first bullpen session for Bubic after undergoing Tommy John surgery. He threw around 15 pitches with all of them being fastballs. "It's good to get off the slope again," Bubic said Wednesday. "Obviously, it's been awhile. But overall, I feel pretty good today, feel like I bounced back well. It's just exciting to do normal pitcher things again. … It's more of a mental hurdle than it is physical because early on, when you first start your throwing program, you know you've done the rehab and it's been repaired. You should be good to go. But I think it's just like that last little bit of letting the ball go and really trusting your body again." Bubic is scheduled for another side session on Friday and will have about nine weeks of bullpens before he faces hitters.

Category: Injury Updates


Josh Lester has signed a minor league deal with the Royals. (Source: Andrew Parker on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Lester was previously in the Orioles organization. He'll add some infield depth with Kansas City.

Category: Transactions


Kyle Wright (shoulder) has been placed on the 60-day IL. (Source: Kansas City Royals on X)

Fantasy Impact: Wright underwent surgery to repair a torn capsule in his right shoulder and was already expected to the entire 2024 season. He'll look to compete for a spot in the Royals' rotation in 2025.

Category: Injury Updates


Angel Zerpa is the only Royals pitcher who has yet to report due to visa/passport issues. (Source: Anne Rogers on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Catcher Rodolfo Durán has also yet to report due to the same issues. They shouldn't have too much of an issue getting to camp soon with still over a month till Opening Day.


Freddy Fermin agreed to a deal for the 2024 season with the Royals to avoid arbitration. (Source: Kansas City Royals on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Fermin is recovering from season-ending surgery last September to repair a left middle finger fracture. He remains the backup to Salvador Perez behind the plate for the Royals.

Category: Transactions


Drew Waters agreed to a contract for the 2024 season with the Royals to avoid arbitration. (Source: Kansas City Royals on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Waters hit .228 last season with eight home runs and 16 stolen bases. He is currently slated to start in right field for Kansas City, but likely won't hold too much fantasy upside.

Category: Transactions


Nelson Velazquez signed a contract for the 2024 season with the Royals to avoid arbitration. (Source: Kansas City Royals on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Velazquez was traded from the Cubs to Kansas City last July. Hit hit 14 home runs in just 39 games played with the team. He'll be a player to watch in Spring Training.

Category: Transactions


Cole Ragans agreed to a contract for the 2024 season with the Royals to avoid arbitration. (Source: Kansas City Royals on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Ragans was traded to Kansas City last season as part of the trade that sent Aroldis Chapman to the Rangers. He made 12 starts last season for the Royals, posting a dominant 2.64 ERA across 71 2/3 innings. He should remain a strong starter for Kansas City this season.

Category: Transactions


Jonathan Bowlan agreed to a contract with the Royals for the 2024 season to avoid arbitration. (Source: Kansas City Royals on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Bowlan made his MLB debut late last season with Kansas City after being a second-round pick in the 2019 MLB Draft. He made his debut as an opener last season, a role he could continue to hold this season.

Category: Transactions


Bobby Witt Jr. and the Kansas City Royals are in agreement on an 11-year, $288.7 million contract extension. (Source: Jeff Passan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Witt gets a much deserved extension as one of the top young players in the MLB. He hit .276 last season with 30 home runs, 96 RBI and 49 stolen bases. He'll remain one of the top players in the sport, and a stud for fantasy baseball managers as well.

Category: Transactions


The Mariners have acquired INF/OF Samad Taylor from Kansas City in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations. (Source: Ryan Divish on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Royals made this move to open up room for the signing of Adam Frazier. Taylor saw 60 at-bats last season, drawing seven walks and stealing eight bases. He figures to play in a utility role in Seattle this season.

Category: Transactions


Adam Frazier signed a one-year deal with the Kansas City Royals. (Source: Jon Heyman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Frazier figures to play a role as a veteran in the infield for a younger Royals team. He remains off the fantasy radar, but should be a steady addition to the team nonetheless.

Category: Transactions


Will Smith is reportedly the lead candidate to close games for the Royals this season. (Source: Ken Rosenthal)

Fantasy Impact: Smith recorded 22 saves for the Rangers last season. Barring any more moves made by Kansas City this offseason, it would appear he'll open the season as the closer for the Royals.

Category: Rumors


Brady Singer signed a one-year deal worth $4.85 million with the Royals to avoid arbitration. (Source: Anne Rogers on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Singer posted a 5.52 ERA across 29 starts last season in Kansas City. He should remain in a similar role this season in the Royals starting rotation.

Category: Transactions


Carlos Hernandez signed a one-year deal worth $1 million with the Royals to avoid arbitration. (Source: Anne Rogers on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Hernandez pitched as both a starter and reliever last season, posting a 5.27 ERA across 67 total appearances. He should remain in a similar role this season.

Category: Transactions


Nick Anderson signed a one-year deal worth $1.575 million with the Royals to avoid arbitration. (Source: Bob Nightengale on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Anderson landed in Kansas City last year after he was traded from the Braves. He figures to remain a big part of the back end of the Royals bullpen.

Category: Transactions


MJ Melendez is expected to see most of his time in the outfield during 2024. (Source: Jaylon Thompson via The Kansas City Star)

Fantasy Impact: After making 78 appearances behind the plate and only 38 in the outfield as a rookie in 2022, Melendez played the vast majority of his games (126) in the outfield last year. He did still make 10 appearances behind the plate in 2023, which could retain his eligibility at the much shallower position in many fantasy leagues. Melendez disappointed many fantasy managers in his second MLB campaign, hitting just .235 with a .713 OPS and 16 home runs across 602 plate appearances. He did finish the campaign with his best month, however, posting a .902 OPS with four homers, 12 RBI, and 11 runs over 22 games in September.


Michael Wacha and the Kansas City Royals are in agreement on a two-year, $32 million contract. (Source: Jeff Passan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Wacha posted a strong 3.22 ERA with the Padres last season. He gets an opt-out after his first season in Kansas City and should help improve the Royals starting rotation that ranked towards the bottom of the MLB last season.

Category: Transactions


The Kansas City Royals signed Garrett Hampson to a one-year deal. (Source: Kansas City Royals on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Hampson figures to play a utility role for Kansas City next season. He hit three home runs and stole five bases in the same role for the Marlins this past year.

Category: Transactions


The Kansas City Royals have outrighted outfielder Nate Eaton to Triple-A Omaha. (Source: MLB.com)

Fantasy Impact: Eaton was designated for assignment by the Royals last week and has apparently cleared waivers and has been outrighted off the 40-man roster and assigned to the minors. The 26-year-old struggled mightily in a small sample in 2023, going 4-for-53 (.075) with zero homers and three steals across 56 plate appearances.

Category: Transactions