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The Royals mentioned that Salvador Perez could see "considerable" playing time at first base in 2020. (Source: Alec Lewis on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This would be a boon to Perez's fantasy value, as it would add flexibility to allow him to likely play more during the season while maintaining his catcher eligibility. If this comes to fruition, Perez could push into the top-5 at the position. Currently, he seems like a lock to go as a top-10 catcher in 2020 fantasy drafts even coming off his injury.

Category: Rumors


Royals outfielder Alex Gordon's $23M option is being declined by the Royals, who will buy him out for $4M instead, according to MLB insider Jon Heyman. The team is reportedly hoping to bring him back at a more reasonable price, however. (Source: Jon Heyman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: In 2019, the 35-year-old Gordon hit .266 with 13 home runs, 77 runs scored, 76 RBI, and five stolen bases in 150 games. He is hardly worth that $23M price tag but could be a valuable fourth outfielder for a team in 2020.

Category: Transactions


Kansas City Royals right-hander Jorge Lopez allowed four runs over six innings in a 5-4 win over the Twins on Sunday. Lopez struck out three in the no-decision.

Fantasy Impact: Lopez allowed three homers in the start. The veteran right-hander finishes his season with a 4-9 record, 6.33 ERA, 1.47 WHIP, and 109 strikeouts in 123 2/3 innings of work.

Category: Game Recaps


Ian Kennedy earns third win

Mon, Sep 30th 5:42am EDT
By Matthew Terelle

Kansas City Royals closer Ian Kennedy threw a scoreless ninth inning in a 5-4 win over the Twins in Sunday's regular-season finale. Kennedy struck out two in the frame.

Fantasy Impact: Kennedy earned the win, upping his record to 3-2 on the year. The former starter found new life as Kansas City's closer, posting a 3.41 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, and 73 strikeouts in 63 1/3 innings of work. He converted 30 saves in 34 opportunities.

Category: Game Recaps


Kansas City Royals third baseman Hunter Dozier went 1-for-3 with a single and a run in a 5-4 win over the Twins in Sunday's season finale.

Fantasy Impact: Dozier finishes his breakout season with a .270 average, .870 OPS, 26 homers, 75 runs, 84 RBI, and two steals.

Category: Game Recaps


Kansas City Royals DH Jorge Soler went 1-for-4 with a solo homer in a 5-4 win over the Twins in Sunday's season finale.

Fantasy Impact: Soler finishes his breakout season with a .265 average, .923 OPS, 48 homers, 95 runs, 117 RBI, and three steals. He will be a popular fantasy outfielder in drafts this spring.

Category: Game Recaps


Kansas City Royals right-hander Glenn Sparkman was solid in a 4-3 loss to the Twins on Saturday. Sparkman allowed two runs over five innings while striking out four.

Fantasy Impact: Sparkman finishes up a lackluster campaign with a 4-11 record, 6.02 ERA, 1.51 WHIP, and 81 strikeouts in 136 innings of work.

Category: Game Recaps


Kansas City Royals outfielder Whit Merrifield went 3-for-4 with a steal in a 4-3 loss to the Twins on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: Merrifield is finishing up another solid season at the plate. He is hitting .303 with 16 homers, 105 runs, 74 RBI, and 20 steals.

Category: Game Recaps


Kansas City Royals left-hander Eric Skoglund struggled in a 6-2 loss to the Twins on Friday. Skoglund allowed six runs over three innings while striking out two.

Fantasy Impact: Skoglund took the loss, dropping his record to 0-3. He finishes the season with a 9.00 ERA, 1.86 WHIP, and four strikeouts in 21 innings.

Category: Game Recaps


Kansas City Royals left-hander Mike Montgomery pitched well in a 10-2 loss to the Braves on Wednesday. Montgomery allowed two runs over 4 2/3 innings while striking out four and walking three.

Fantasy Impact: Montgomery finishes up his 2019 season with a 3-9 record, 4.95 ERA, 1.62 WHIP, and 69 strikeouts in 91 innings of work. He started the year as a reliever for the Cubs and finished as a part of Kansas City's starting rotation, pitching much better in the latter role.

Category: Game Recaps


Kansas City Royals left-hander Danny Duffy pitched well in a 9-6 win over the Braves on Tuesday. Duffy allowed three runs in five innings while striking out five and walking two.

Fantasy Impact: Duffy improved his record to 7-6 with the win. He now has a 4.34 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, and 115 strikeouts in 130 2/3 innings of work.

Category: Game Recaps


Kansas City Royals shortstop Adalberto Mondesi went 1-for-1 with a steal in a 12-8 loss to the Twins on Sunday. He had to exit early due to a shoulder injury.

Fantasy Impact: Mondesi's season is over, according to manager Ned Yost. The young shortstop finishes with a .263 average, nine homers, 58 runs, 62 RBI, and 43 steals in just 102 games.

Category: Game Recaps


Kansas City Royals right-hander Jakob Junis allowed five runs in just 2 2/3 innings in a 12-3 loss to Houston on Sunday. Junis struck out two and walked two.

Fantasy Impact: Junis struggled, although that was to be expected against a loaded Houston lineup. He will look to bounce back in his next start, which comes against the Twins. He is not a recommended streaming option for that start.

Category: Game Recaps


Kansas City Royals outfielder Bubba Starling went 2-for-3 with a double, a run, and a steal in a 4-1 loss to the Astros on Friday.

Fantasy Impact: Starling was one of the few Royal hitters who could get to Gerrit Cole on the evening. Starling is hitting .216 with four homers, 23 runs, 10 RBI, and two steals.

Category: Game Recaps


Kansas City Royals first baseman Ryan O'Hearn went 2-for-4 with a solo homer in a 6-4 win over Oakland on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: O'Hearn now has his second straight season with double-digit homers. The 26-year-old is hitting .177 with 25 runs and 25 RBI in 266 at-bats. He offers power upside but little else in fantasy.

Category: Game Recaps


Kansas City Royals right-hander Brad Keller was hit hard in a 19-4 loss to Oakland on Monday. Keller allowed five runs in 1 1/3 innings of work while striking out one and walking three.

Fantasy Impact: Keller was coming off a strong performance but he just didn't have it on Monday. The loss drops his record to 7-14, to go along with a 4.19 ERA. He is not a very inspiring fantasy option in standard leagues.

Category: Game Recaps


Kansas City Royals outfielder Brett Phillips went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer in a 19-4 loss to Oakland on Monday.

Fantasy Impact: Phillips has appeared in just eight games for the Royals this season. He is hitting .208 with the one homer, three runs, three RBI, and a steal.

Category: Game Recaps


Nick Dini homers in win

Tue, Aug 20th 7:46am EDT
By Matthew Terelle

Kansas City Royals catcher Nick Dini went 1-for-4 with a homer and two runs in a 5-4 win over Baltimore on Monday.

Fantasy Impact: Dini has his first big league homer. The rookie is hitting .143 through his first 14 at-bats.

Category: Game Recaps


Nicky Lopez homers in win

Tue, Aug 20th 7:44am EDT
By Matthew Terelle

Kansas City Royals second baseman Nicky Lopez went 2-for-4 with a solo homer and two runs in a 5-4 win over the Orioles on Monday.

Fantasy Impact: Lopez has been playing regularly with Adalberto Mondesi on the injured list. The24-year-old is hitting .227 with two homers this season.

Category: Game Recaps


Billy Hamilton was claimed by the Braves on Monday. (Source: David O’Brien on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: With Austin Riley, Ender Inciarte, and Nick Markakis all on the injured list, the Braves needed outfield depth. Hamilton will mainly be used as a pinch runner and a defensive replacement. He will be a massive upgrade on defense over Adam Duvall or Matt Joyce. Hamilton hit .211 with 0 home runs and 18 steals in 93 games with the Royals before being optioned to the minors.

Category: Transactions


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