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1988 Kansas City Royals

Trades and Transactions

Franchise Encyclopedia: 1987 / 1989

84-77, Finished 3rd in AL West (Schedule and Results)
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Manager: John Wathan (84-77)
GM: John Schuerholz, Scouting Dir: Art Stewart
Scored 704 runs, Allowed 648 runs. Pythagorean W-L: 87-74

Ballparks: Royals Stadium · Attendance: 2,350,181 (5th of 14)
Park Factors  Over 100 favors batters, under 100 favors pitchers.
  multi-year:
Batting - 101, Pitching - 101 · one-year: Batting - 103, Pitching - 103

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1987 / 1989 Trades and Transactions

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

October 13, 1987

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.

October 15, 1987

Dave Gumpert granted Free Agency.

Released Ross Jones.

Released Bob Stoddard.

October 19, 1987

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.

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.

May 13, 1988 (Standings)

Signed Bill Buckner as a free agent.

May 27, 1988 (Standings)

Released Steve Balboni.

Released Thad Bosley.

June 1, 1988 (Standings)

Drafted Bob Hamelin in the 2nd round of the 1988 amateur draft. Player signed June 11, 1988.

Drafted Joel Johnston in the 3rd round of the 1988 amateur draft. Player signed June 3, 1988.

Drafted Tim Spehr in the 5th round of the 1988 amateur draft. Player signed June 21, 1988.

Drafted Mike Magnante in the 11th round of the 1988 amateur draft. Player signed June 14, 1988.

Drafted Victor Cole in the 14th round of the 1988 amateur draft.

Drafted Kerwin Moore in the 16th round of the 1988 amateur draft. Player signed June 3, 1988.

June 3, 1988 (Standings)

Traded Bud Black to the Cleveland Indians. Received Pat Tabler.

July 3, 1988 (Standings)

Released Mike Butcher.

July 4, 1988 (Standings)

Released Gene Garber.

Released Dan Quisenberry.

August 31, 1988 (Standings)

Traded Ted Power to the Detroit Tigers. Received Mark Lee and Rey Palacios.

October 15, 1988 (Standings)

Rick Anderson granted Free Agency.

Dann Bilardello granted Free Agency.

Nick Capra granted Free Agency.

Steve Fireovid granted Free Agency.

Scotti Madison granted Free Agency.

Dave Owen granted Free Agency.

October 29, 1988

Signed Steve Fireovid as a free agent.

November 4, 1988

Bill Buckner granted Free Agency.

Jamie Quirk granted Free Agency.

November 20, 1988

Signed Stan Clarke as a free agent.

November 30, 1988

Signed Bob Boone as a free agent.

December 6, 1988

Mauro Gozzo selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 1988 minor league draft.

Drafted Keith Shepherd from the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 1988 minor league draft.

Signed Bill Buckner as a free agent.

January 12, 1989

Signed Nick Capra as a free agent.

March, 1989

Released Rich Thompson.

March 7, 1989

Signed Steve Crawford as a free agent.

March 22, 1989

Signed Dar Smith as a free agent.

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1987 / 1989 Trades and Transactions