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Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports the Royals have shown interest in bringing back RHP Greg Holland. (Source: Jeffrey Flanagan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Holland was fantastic in 2020, posting a 1.91 ERA and a 0.95 WHIP in 28 appearances. He could wind up fetching a deal out of the Royals' preferred price range as they continue their rebuild.

Category: Rumors


Kansas City Royals shortstop Adalberto Mondesi went 3-for-4 with a double, a homer, and two RBI in a 3-1 win over the Tigers in the regular-season finale on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Mondesi's hot-hitting over the final week masks what was a disappointing season at the plate. While he stole a league-leading 24 bases, he hit just .256 with six homers and 22 RBI.

Category: Game Recaps


Kansas City Royals right-hander Brady Singer allowed just one run over seven innings in a 3-1 win over Detroit on Sunday. He struck out five and allowed three hits.

Fantasy Impact: Singer finishes his rookie season with a 4-5 record, 4.06 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, and 61 strikeouts in 64 1/3 innings of work. While his final numbers aren't eye-popping, Singer had tossed a handful of gems in his rookie campaign.

Category: Game Recaps


Kansas City Royals reliever Jesse Hahn threw a scoreless ninth inning to nail down a 3-1 win over Detroit on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Hahn struck out three and walked one to give the Royals a win on their final game of the season. Hahn finishes with a 0.52 ERA, 0.69 WHIP, three saves, 19 strikeouts and 17 1/3 innings of work.

Category: Game Recaps


Kansas City Royals right-hander Carlos Hernandez allowed four runs (three earned) over 1 2/3 innings of work in a 4-3 loss to the Tigers on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: Hernandez struggled in his final outing of the 2020 season. He finishes with a 0-1 record, 4.91 ERA, 1.70 WHIP, and 13 strikeouts across 14 2/3 innings of work.

Category: Game Recaps


Kansas City Royals right-hander Brad Keller threw six scoreless innings in a 3-2 win over the Tigers on Friday. Keller struck out five and walked none.

Fantasy Impact: Keller turned in an excellent 2020 season. He finishes the year with a 5-3 record, 2.47 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, and 35 strikeouts in 54 2/3 innings of work.

Category: Game Recaps


Kansas City Royals outfielder Whit Merrifield went 1-for-4 with a run and a steal in a 3-2 win over the Tigers on Friday.

Fantasy Impact: He struck out in his other three at-bats. Merrifield has stolen a base in consecutive games now. He is putting the finishing touches on another productive season at the plate, hitting .280 with nine homers, 37 runs, 30 RBI, and 12 steals.

Category: Game Recaps


Kansas City third baseman Maikel Franco went 2-for-3 with a homer and two RBI in an 8-7 win over the Tigers on Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: Franco hit a solo shot in the sixth inning. The veteran infielder is hitting .285 with eight homers, 23 runs, 36 RBI, and a steal in his first season with the Royals.

Category: Game Recaps


Kansas City catcher Salvador Perez went 2-for-4 with a three-run homer in an 8-7 win over Detroit on Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: Perez hit a first-inning shot off starter Michael Fulmer in the win. The veteran catcher is putting the finishing touches on an excellent season, hitting .360 with 11 homers, 22 runs, and 32 RBI, despite missing almost three weeks with an eye issue.

Category: Game Recaps


Kris Bubic allows four runs

Fri, Sep 25th 10:22am EDT
By Matthew Terelle

Kansas City left-hander Kris Bubic allowed four runs across 4 2/3 innings of work in an 8-7 win over Detroit on Thursday. Bubic struck out five and walked three.

Fantasy Impact: Bubic didn't factor in the decision. He finishes his rookie season with a 1-6 record, 4.32 ERA, 1.48 WHIP, and 49 strikeouts across 50 innings of work.

Category: Game Recaps


Royals OF Franchy Cordero was removed from Thursday's game against the Tigers due to leg cramps. (Source: Jeffrey Flanagan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It's a shame since Cordero just returned from the injured list on Wednesday. He's day-to-day for now but should ultimately be able to return at some point this weekend.

Category: Injury Updates


Jeffrey Flanagan from MLB.com reports that Royals OF Alex Gordon is retiring from baseball. (Source: Jeffrey Flanagan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: An official announcement from the Royals is expected soon. Gordon was the second overall pick in the 2005 draft and wound up spending his entire career in Kansas City. A third baseman coming up, Gordon eventually became one of the best defensive outfielders in baseball. He was part of the Royals' 2015 World Series title and made three All-Star teams during his career. Additionally, he won seven Gold Glove awards. From 2011-14 Gordon accumulated the sixth most wins above replacement among position players, according to Baseball-Reference.


Danny Duffy picks up win

Thu, Sep 24th 5:54am EDT
By Matthew Terelle

Kansas City Royals left-hander Danny Duffy allowed one run over 5 2/3 innings in a 12-3 win over the Cardinals on Wednesday. Duffy struck out five and walked one.

Fantasy Impact: Duffy was staked to all the run support he could ask for in the win. He was also able to bounce back from a rough outing in his last start where he allowed six runs. Overall, Duffy finishes the 2020 season with a 4-4 record, 4.66 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, and 57 strikeouts in 56 innings of work.

Category: Game Recaps


Bubba Starling (back) was placed on the IL on Wednesday. Franchy Cordero was activated in a corresponding move. (Source: Jeffrey Flanagan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Starling's season is over. He finishes the year slashing .169/.219/.237. The former fifth-overall pick has hasn't been able to live up to his pedigree in the majors but he did have a solid season in AAA in 2019.

Category: Injury Updates


The Royals recalled Jakob Junis from the alternate site. They plan to use him out of the bullpen. (Source: Jeffrey Flanagan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: He made his first relief appearance on Wednesday night and tossed one scoreless inning with three strikeouts. Before this appearance, Junis had a 6.94 ERA, 1.67 WHIP, and 16 strikeouts in 23.1 innings through six starts.

Category: Transactions


The Royals activated Jorge Soler (oblique) off the 10-day IL. (Source: Jeffrey Flanagan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Soler is back in the Royals' lineup for Monday's game against the Cardinals. Soler is hitting .235 with eight homers and a .787 OPS this season.

Category: Injury Updates


Hunter Dozier steals a base

Sat, Sep 19th 8:17am EDT
By Matthew Terelle

Kansas City Royals first baseman Hunter Dozier went 1-for-5 with a steal in a 9-5 loss to the Brewers on Friday.

Fantasy Impact: Dozier is hitting .244 with six homers, 26 runs, 12 RBI, and four steals in 2020. He has been heating up at the plate lately, hitting .296 over his past seven games.

Category: Game Recaps


Matt Harvey (lat) placed on IL

Wed, Sep 16th 1:44pm EDT
By Brendan Tuma

The Royals placed Matt Harvey (lat) on the 10-day injured list. (Source: Kansas City Royals on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Harvey suffered the injury in Tuesday's game against the Tigers. He's likely done for the year. Harvey gave up 15 earned runs in 11 2/3 innings this season.

Category: Injury Updates


Kansas City reliever Scott Barlow picked up the save in an 8-6 win over Cleveland on Tuesday. Barlow struck out two and allowed one run in the frame.

Fantasy Impact: Barlow got the save chance with Greg Holland pitching the seventh and eighth innings. Barlow now has two saves and a 2.86 ERA on the year.

Category: Game Recaps


Edward Olivares has been recalled by the Royals and is starting in center field, batting sixth on Thursday against the White Sox. (Source: Kansas City Royals on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Olivares was recently acquired from the San Diego Padres in the Trevor Rosenthal deal. the 24-year old will be making his Royals debut and possesses some power/speed upside. He's a name to keep an eye on down the stretch. Randy Rosario was optioned to the team's alternate site in a corresponding move.

Category: Transactions