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Alex Rios officially joins Royals on one-year deal worth $11 million guaranteed

The Royals made the Alex Rios signing official on Friday amid a series of moves. Rios, who likely will start in right field, will receive $11 million guaranteed on a $9.5 million, one-year contract with a $12.5 million option for 2016 that includes a $1.5 million buyout.

Vahe Gregorian

Royals G.M. Dayton Moore has earned not just faith, but trust

No, the Royals didn’t win the World Series, and there’s no assurance they’ll make it back soon. Just the same, the 2014 season created a transformative new frame of reference. It’s one that says “same old Royals” is an obsolete term, that you needn’t look at every setback as crippling, that a trapdoor isn’t inevitably waiting to spring open, and that it’s rational to have hope.

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Royals’ TV marathon games set

Five regular-season games are part of the Royals’ marathon on Fox Sports Kansas City on Christmas Eve. The first four games will be shown in a two-hour window, the final game in three hours.

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Royals reportedly reach agreement with starting pitcher Edinson Volquez

The Royals’ offseason shopping list, and their starting rotation, for 2015 appears to be complete. Edinson Volquez, a 31-year old right-hander who went 13-7 with a 3.04 ERA in 31 starts for the Pirates in 2014, has reached an agreement on a two-year, $20 million free-agent contract with the Royals, according to reports by CBSSports.com and Fox Sports.

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Where the money went: Royals’ opening-day salaries in 2014 vs. 2015

Dayton Moore said the Royals were still in the starting pitching market before they reportedly landed Edinson Volquez on Wednesday, so with that need filled, you could pencil in a 25-man roster for opening day. And using salary estimates, the projected 2015 opening-day payroll would be about $20 million higher than it was for 2014.