On Tuesday, KC Royals DH Kendrys Morales was honored as the Edgar Martinez DH of the Year (Billy Butler won the award back in 2012).
Morales hit .295 in his first year as a Royal, with 39 doubles and 21 home runs. He also drove in 104 runs in 141 games.
Boston DH David Ortiz, who is retiring following the 2016 season, finished second in balloting (voted on by beat writers, broadcasters, and American League PR departments).
- The Royals have been talking about bringing back pitcher Chris Young, according to Jeffrey Flanagan. Young stated following the World Series victory that he wanted to return. However, his asking price could be a little steep.
Young only signed for $675,000 last year, but incentives reportedly bumped that total close to $4.5 million. He is also 36 years old.
- On Monday in Venezuela, they held the Pepsi Festival, a home run hitting contest of baseball’s top Venezuelan hitters.
Current Colorado outfielder Carlos Gonzalez won the event, beating out Detroit slugger Miguel Cabrera and Eliezer Alfonzo.
Royals catcher Salvador Perez participated, hitting five home runs. Former Royals minor leaguer Mario Lisson, last year’s champion, was beat out by CarGo in the first round (just two homers).
- According to Jon Heyman, former Royal Nori Aoki, who played with the SF Giants this past season, is set to sign with Seattle. It is a one year deal with an option for a second.