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1987 Kansas City Royals

Trades and Transactions

Franchise Encyclopedia: 1986 / 1988

83-79, Finished 2nd in AL West (Schedule and Results)
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Manager: Billy Gardner (62-64) and John Wathan (21-15)
GM: John Schuerholz, Scouting Dir: Art Stewart
Scored 715 runs, Allowed 691 runs. Pythagorean W-L: 84-78

Ballparks: Royals Stadium · Attendance: 2,392,471 (4th of 14)
Park Factors  Over 100 favors batters, under 100 favors pitchers.
  multi-year:
Batting - 102, Pitching - 102 · one-year: Batting - 104, Pitching - 104

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1986 / 1988 Trades and Transactions

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

October 2, 1986

Selected Jim Eisenreich off waivers from the Minnesota Twins.

October 15, 1986

Butch Davis granted Free Agency.

Mike Griffin granted Free Agency.

October 28, 1986

Released Onix Concepcion.

November 12, 1986

Lynn Jones granted Free Agency.

Rudy Law granted Free Agency.

Jamie Quirk granted Free Agency.

Lonnie Smith granted Free Agency.

November 14, 1986

Signed Scotti Madison as a free agent.

November 15, 1986

Signed Joe DeSa as a free agent.

Signed Jerry Don Gleaton as a free agent.

Signed Jamie Nelson as a free agent.

Signed Bill Swaggerty as a free agent.

December 8, 1986

Jose Nunez drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 1986 rule 5 draft.

Signed Rudy Law as a free agent.

Signed Jamie Quirk as a free agent.

December 10, 1986

Traded Scott Bankhead, Mike Kingery and Steve Shields to the Seattle Mariners. Received Rick Luecken and Danny Tartabull.

December 17, 1986

Traded Jimmy Daniel (minors) and Joseph Jarrell (minors) to the Baltimore Orioles. Received Juan Beniquez.

December 18, 1986

Released Mike Brewer.

December 19, 1986

Released Buddy Biancalana.

Released Hal McRae.

December 22, 1986

Released Steve Balboni.

Released Alan Hargesheimer.

Released Dennis Leonard.

Released Jorge Orta.

1987

Signed Mike Fuentes as a free agent.

January 1, 1987

Signed Tom Gilles as a free agent.

January 12, 1987

Signed Buddy Biancalana as a free agent.

Signed Hal McRae as a free agent.

Signed Jorge Orta as a free agent.

February 6, 1987

Signed Bob Stoddard as a free agent.

February 13, 1987

Signed Matt Winters as a free agent.

February 25, 1987

Signed Steve Balboni as a free agent.

March 20, 1987

Traded Pete Carey (minors) and Eddie Tanner (minors) to the Cincinnati Reds. Received Derek Botelho.

March 27, 1987

Released Rudy Law.

Traded David Cone and Chris Jelic to the New York Mets. Received Rick Anderson, Mauro Gozzo and Ed Hearn.

March 30, 1987

Released Greg Pryor.

Traded Jim Sundberg to the Chicago Cubs. Received Thad Bosley and Dave Gumpert.

March 31, 1987

Signed Larry Owen as a free agent.

May 18, 1987 (Standings)

Signed Lonnie Smith as a free agent.

June 2, 1987 (Standings)

Drafted Kevin Appier in the 1st round (9th pick) of the 1987 amateur draft.

Drafted Terry Shumpert in the 2nd round of the 1987 amateur draft. Player signed June 3, 1987.

Drafted Stu Cole in the 3rd round of the 1987 amateur draft.

Drafted Kevin McGehee in the 11th round of the 1987 amateur draft, but did not sign the player.

Drafted Bobby Moore in the 16th round of the 1987 amateur draft.

Drafted Jim Campbell in the 32nd round of the 1987 amateur draft.

Drafted Jorge Pedre in the 33rd round of the 1987 amateur draft.

Drafted Tim Laker in the 49th round of the 1987 amateur draft, but did not sign the player.

Drafted Jeff Conine in the 58th round of the 1987 amateur draft. Player signed September 10, 1987.

Drafted Mark Small in the 59th round of the 1987 amateur draft, but did not sign the player.

Drafted Bret Barberie in the 65th round of the 1987 amateur draft, but did not sign the player.

Drafted Erik Plantenberg in the 66th round of the 1987 amateur draft, but did not sign the player.

June 4, 1987 (Standings)

Traded a player to be named later to the Seattle Mariners. Received Ross Jones. The Kansas City Royals sent Ricky Rojas (minors) (October 19, 1987) to the Seattle Mariners to complete the trade.

June 13, 1987 (Standings)

Signed Bob Shirley as a free agent.

June 17, 1987 (Standings)

Released Jorge Orta.

July 4, 1987 (Standings)

Released Bob Shirley.

July 14, 1987 (Standings)

Traded Juan Beniquez to the Toronto Blue Jays. Received Luis Aquino.

July 21, 1987 (Standings)

Released Hal McRae.

July 23, 1987 (Standings)

Purchased Dann Bilardello from the Pittsburgh Pirates.

July 30, 1987 (Standings)

Traded Buddy Biancalana to the Houston Astros. Received Mel Stottlemyre.

July 31, 1987 (Standings)

Traded a player to be named later to the Texas Rangers. Received Dave Owen. The Kansas City Royals sent Rufus Ellis (minors) (October 13, 1987) to the Texas Rangers to complete the trade.

August 10, 1987 (Standings)

Signed Rich Thompson as a free agent.

August 31, 1987 (Standings)

Traded a player to be named later to the Atlanta Braves. Received Gene Garber. The Kansas City Royals sent Terry Bell (September 3, 1987) to the Atlanta Braves to complete the trade.

October 15, 1987 (Standings)

Dave Gumpert granted Free Agency.

Released Ross Jones.

Released Bob Stoddard.

October 23, 1987

Signed Steve Fireovid as a free agent.

October 26, 1987

Signed Brad Wellman as a free agent.

November 6, 1987

Traded Danny Jackson and Angel Salazar to the Cincinnati Reds. Received Ted Power and Kurt Stillwell.

November 9, 1987

Thad Bosley granted Free Agency.

Gene Garber granted Free Agency.

Charlie Leibrandt granted Free Agency.

Jamie Quirk granted Free Agency.

November 18, 1987

Signed Bob Buchanan as a free agent.

December 7, 1987

Drafted Luis Encarnacion from the Cleveland Indians in the 1987 rule 5 draft.

Signed Gene Garber as a free agent.

December 10, 1987

Traded Chuck Mount (minors), John Davis, Greg Hibbard and Melido Perez to the Chicago White Sox. Received Floyd Bannister and Dave Cochrane.

December 15, 1987

Released Lonnie Smith.

December 16, 1987

Signed Hipolito Pichardo as an amateur free agent.

December 18, 1987

Signed Nick Capra as a free agent.

December 21, 1987

Released Steve Balboni.

1988

Dwight Taylor sent to the Montreal Expos in an unknown transaction.

January 5, 1988

Signed Thad Bosley as a free agent.

January 7, 1988

Signed Charlie Leibrandt as a free agent.

January 25, 1988

Signed Jamie Quirk as a free agent.

February 3, 1988

Traded Dave Cochrane to the Seattle Mariners. Received Ken Spratke (minors).

February 15, 1988

Traded Van Snider to the Cincinnati Reds. Received Jeff Montgomery.

February 18, 1988

Signed Steve Balboni as a free agent.

March 20, 1988

Released Tom Gilles.

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1986 / 1988 Trades and Transactions