Royals

Royals hope new addition Alex Rios helps outfield defense remain baseball’s best

Out of faith in new right fielder Alex Rios, KC Royals manager Ned Yost says he won’t use Jarrod Dyson as a late-game defender at the start of the regular season. That’s one reason the Royals believe Rios will be a defensive upgrade over Nori Aoki.

Chiefs

Chiefs place franchise tag on linebacker Justin Houston, long-term contract still in play

As expected, the Chiefs franchise-tagged star outside linebacker Justin Houston on Monday and a league source told The Star it was a nonexclusive tag, which allows Houston to receive offers from other teams. He is not expected to sign the franchise tender at the moment, though it is unclear when he will decide whether to sign.

Sam Mellinger

Failure to lock up Justin Houston last year is John Dorsey’s biggest misstep with Chiefs

A year ago, the Chiefs could have saved themselves a lot of time, trouble and money by signing linebacker Justin Houston to a long-term contract. Had they done so, they’d today have more cap space, longer control over a premier pass rusher and more flexibility to fill other needs on their roster.

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