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1978 Kansas City Royals

Trades and Transactions

Franchise Encyclopedia: 1977 / 1979

92-70, Finished 1st in AL West (Schedule and Results)
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Manager: Whitey Herzog (92-70)
GM: Joe Burke, Scouting Dir: John Schuerholz
Scored 743 runs, Allowed 634 runs. Pythagorean W-L: 93-69

Ballparks: Royals Stadium · Attendance: 2,255,493 (3rd of 14)
Park Factors  Over 100 favors batters, under 100 favors pitchers.
  multi-year:
Batting - 102, Pitching - 101 · one-year: Batting - 104, Pitching - 102

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1977 / 1979 Trades and Transactions

Transactions listed are from November 1 of previous year to April 1 of the following year.

October 10, 1977

Released Cookie Rojas.

November 29, 1977

Signed Jerry Terrell as a free agent.

December 8, 1977

Traded Mark Littell and Buck Martinez to the St. Louis Cardinals. Received Al Hrabosky.

December 9, 1977

Purchased Jim Nettles from the Pittsburgh Pirates.

January 12, 1978

Purchased Gary Christenson from the Detroit Tigers.

January 16, 1978

Released Bob Heise.

January 23, 1978

Sold Roy Branch to the Seattle Mariners.

February 22, 1978

Traded Lynn McKinney (minors) to the Milwaukee Brewers. Received Art Kusnyer.

April 1, 1978 (Standings)

Released Dave Nelson.

April 4, 1978 (Standings)

Purchased Randy Bass from the Minnesota Twins.

Sold John Mayberry to the Toronto Blue Jays.

April 5, 1978 (Standings)

Traded Joe Gates to the Chicago White Sox. Received Mike Ondina (minors).

June 1, 1978 (Standings)

Traded Jim Colborn to the Seattle Mariners. Received Steve Braun.

June 2, 1978 (Standings)

Released Joe Lahoud.

June 5, 1978 (Standings)

Traded a player to be named later to the San Diego Padres. Received Steve Hamrick (minors). The Kansas City Royals sent Gary Lance (September 29, 1978) to the San Diego Padres to complete the trade.

June 6, 1978 (Standings)

Drafted Craig Chamberlain in the 1st round (2nd pick) of the 1978 amateur draft (June Secondary).

Drafted Buddy Biancalana in the 1st round (25th pick) of the 1978 amateur draft.

Drafted Bill Laskey in the 2nd round of the 1978 amateur draft (June Secondary).

Drafted Darryl Motley in the 2nd round of the 1978 amateur draft.

Drafted Mark Ryal in the 3rd round of the 1978 amateur draft.

Drafted Jeff Cornell in the 8th round of the 1978 amateur draft.

Drafted Don Heinkel in the 15th round of the 1978 amateur draft, but did not sign the player.

Drafted Frank Viola in the 16th round of the 1978 amateur draft, but did not sign the player.

Drafted Ron Johnson in the 24th round of the 1978 amateur draft.

June 9, 1978 (Standings)

Signed Bob Detherage as a free agent.

July 24, 1978 (Standings)

Sold Andy Hassler to the Boston Red Sox.

August 3, 1978 (Standings)

Traded Gerry Ako (minors) and cash to the Milwaukee Brewers. Received Jamie Quirk.

August 16, 1978 (Standings)

Selected Steve Foucault off waivers from the Detroit Tigers.

August 27, 1978 (Standings)

Signed Brad Wellman as an amateur free agent.

September 3, 1978 (Standings)

Signed Marvell Wynne as an amateur free agent.

September 5, 1978 (Standings)

Released Steve Foucault.

November 2, 1978

Larry Gura granted Free Agency.

November 13, 1978

Signed Larry Gura as a free agent.

January 9, 1979

Drafted Jeff Schattinger in the 1st round (21st pick) of the 1979 amateur draft (January Secondary).

Drafted Mike Brewer in the 1st round (22nd pick) of the 1979 amateur draft (January).

Drafted Mike Bielecki in the 6th round of the 1979 amateur draft (January), but did not sign the player.

February 14, 1979

Released Art Kusnyer.

February 26, 1979

Purchased Eduardo Rodriguez from the Milwaukee Brewers.

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1977 / 1979 Trades and Transactions