As another week passes, there wasn't any big news this week for the Kansas City Royals, but nonetheless there was certainly quit a bit of odds and ends from this past week.
Left-handed pitcher Ryan Verdugo was added to the Royals 40-man roster on Friday. Verdugo had been acquired by the Royals on November 7th in the trade that also brought Jonathan Sanchez over from the San Francisco Giants.
The Royals 40-man roster currently sits at 39, which leads you to believe Dayton Moore potentially has his eye on again selecting someone in the Rule V draft that will take place in December at the annual Winter Meetings. If you recall, last season the Royals selected Nathan Adcock from the Pittsburgh Pirates organization and Adcock would go on to pitch the entire 2011 season for the Royals, finishing the year with a 1-1 record in 24 games. He had a 4.62 ERA predominately out of the bullpen, also having a 1.48 WHIP and a 1.38 strikeout-to-walk ratio. At 23 years old, the Royals will now be able to keep Adcock and be able to send him down to Omaha should they choose without having to worry about losing him back to the Pirates.
Wil Myers and Jeremy Jeffress were two Royals farm club members who participated in the Arizona Fall League Title game, in which Salt River defeated Surprise 9-3 on Saturday afternoon in Scottsdale. Jeffress had a tough day on the mound for Surprise, allowing four runs in a 1/3 of an inning pitched. He allowed two hits and a walk before giving way to Miami Marlins prospect Dan Jennings. Myers got the start in right field for Surprise and was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. Myers finished the fall season batting .360/.481/.674 with four home runs and 18 RBI.
Eric Hosmer finished third in the American League Rookie of the Year voting, as determined by the media. Rays pitcher Jeremy Hellickson took home the honors. A case could have certainly been made for Hosmer to win the award, and he may have done so had he played the entire season with the Royals. However this certainly is not any discredit to the year that Hosmer put up in his debut.
Highlighting positive news within the community, Royals rookie reliever Aaron Crow helped serve a Thanksgiving meal on Tuesday at the City United Mission in Kansas City. It's always great to see players giving back to the community and doing positive things that not only benefit less privileged but also make the Royals appear in a positive light within the community.
The new collective bargaining agreement was talked about this week and David Lesky posted a great review of the impact it will have on Kansas City over at Pine Tar Press. Essentially what it all boils down to is it appears the Royals won't be able to spend as freely in the draft as they have done is recent seasons. Say anything you want about Dayton Moore and owner David Glass, but the Royals have invested heavily in financial terms with recent drafts and that obviously has started to pay its dividends at the major league level.
As for the free agent market, not many waves recently for the Royals as it appears Bruce Chen is looking at offers from multiple teams, though he has said he'd certainly like to come back to Kansas City. The Royals have also met with the agents for both Roy Oswalt and Mark Buehrle, though the prospects of either being in a Royals uniforms next season is rather small.
Also would like to wish a happy 26th birthday to Royals reliever Greg Holland who turned 26th today (Sunday).