February 13, 1993 |
The Kansas City Royals completed their off-season overhaul Friday by sending Gregg Jefferies--the centerpiece of a major trade last winter--to St. Louis for outfielder Felix Jose. Jose, who batted .295 with 14 home runs and 75 runs batted in in 131 games last year, will play right field and be asked to provide some much-needed punch in the middle of the lineup. The Cardinals included infielder Craig Wilson in the deal, and the Royals threw in minor league outfielder Ed Gerald.
December 9, 1992 |
Trying to rectify perhaps the greatest blunder since their inception, the Kansas City Royals brought free-agent starting pitcher David Cone back home Tuesday. Cone received a three-year contract for $18 million, paying him a record $9-million salary bonus. Cone returns to the team that traded him away nearly six years ago in one of the most lopsided deals in history.
November 20, 1992 |
The Pittsburgh Pirates, continuing to reduce their payroll and open roster spots for prospects, traded second baseman Jose Lind to the Kansas City Royals on Thursday and waived four other veterans. Right-handed pitchers Vicente Palacios and Roger Mason, and outfielders Gary Varsho and Cecil Espy were waived as the Pirates unloaded one-fifth of their roster in one day. Pittsburgh acquired pitchers Dennis Moeller and Joel Johnston for Lind.
October 31, 1992 |
George Brett, who got his 3,000th hit with a dramatic four-hit game against the Angels in the final week of the season, will return to play a 20th season with the Kansas City Royals, his agent said Friday. "As of today, he says he's ready to come back and play," Dennis Gilbert said. Gilbert said he was told by Kansas City General Manager Herk Robinson that the Royals would exercise their option on Brett for next season. It is the second of two option years tacked on to a five-year contract.
October 20, 1992 |
Well on the way to his second successive 20-victory season, Steve Busby was only mildly concerned in the summer of 1975 when his right shoulder began to rebel against the stress it absorbed each time he pitched. "I was 12-4, 12-5, something like that at the All-Star break and I had pitched right around 180 innings," said Busby, who won 16 games for the Kansas City Royals in 1973 and 22 games in 1974, including a no-hitter in each season.