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1979 Kansas City Royals

Trades and Transactions

Franchise Encyclopedia: 1978 / 1980

85-77, Finished 2nd in AL West (Schedule and Results)
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Manager: Whitey Herzog (85-77)
GM: Joe Burke, Scouting Dir: John Schuerholz
Scored 851 runs, Allowed 816 runs. Pythagorean W-L: 84-78

Ballparks: Royals Stadium · Attendance: 2,261,845 (4th of 14)
Park Factors  Over 100 favors batters, under 100 favors pitchers.
  multi-year:
Batting - 102, Pitching - 101 · one-year: Batting - 103, Pitching - 103

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1978 / 1980 Trades and Transactions

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

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.

April 3, 1979 (Standings)

Traded Doug Bird to the Philadelphia Phillies. Received Todd Cruz.

April 6, 1979 (Standings)

Sold Randy Bass to the Montreal Expos.

April 27, 1979 (Standings)

Traded George Throop to the Houston Astros. Received a player to be named later. The Houston Astros sent Keith Drumright (October 26, 1979) to the Kansas City Royals to complete the trade.

June 5, 1979 (Standings)

Drafted Atlee Hammaker in the 1st round (21st pick) of the 1979 amateur draft.

Drafted Pat Sheridan in the 3rd round of the 1979 amateur draft.

Drafted Craig Lefferts in the 7th round of the 1979 amateur draft, but did not sign the player.

Drafted Bill Moore in the 10th round of the 1979 amateur draft, but did not sign the player.

Drafted Jeff Twitty in the 25th round of the 1979 amateur draft.

June 13, 1979 (Standings)

Traded Tom Poquette to the Boston Red Sox. Received George Scott.

August 17, 1979 (Standings)

Released George Scott.

August 27, 1979 (Standings)

Signed Mike Kingery as an amateur free agent.

October 24, 1979

Traded Kevin Gillen (minors) to the Milwaukee Brewers. Received Lance Rautzhan.

October 26, 1979

Released Steve Mingori.

November 1, 1979

Al Hrabosky granted Free Agency.

Freddie Patek granted Free Agency.

December 3, 1979

Drafted Manny Castillo from the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1979 rule 5 draft.

December 6, 1979

Traded a player to be named later, Al Cowens and Todd Cruz to the California Angels. Received Willie Aikens and Rance Mulliniks. The Kansas City Royals sent Craig Eaton (April 1, 1980) to the California Angels to complete the trade.

December 12, 1979

Released Jim Nettles.

January 5, 1980

Signed Tom Candiotti as a free agent.

January 11, 1980

Drafted Tim Crews in the 2nd round of the 1980 amateur draft (January), but did not sign the player.

January 15, 1980

Traded Joe Zdeb to the Chicago White Sox. Received Eddie Bane.

February 27, 1980

Signed Jim Scranton as an amateur free agent.

March 28, 1980

Signed Dave Chalk as a free agent.

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1978 / 1980 Trades and Transactions