KC Royals News: Alex Gordon, Ben Zobrist And More

The KC Royals have agreed to deals with two right-handed pitchers, still in the mix for left fielder Gordon.

The Kansas City Royals continue to stay the course through the chaotic free agency season, largely staying out of the headlines and clear of the blockbuster contracts.

The team re-signed pitcher Chris Young to a two-year deal, according to the Kansas City Star, and is nearing a three-year deal with reliever Joakim Soria. That’s about the only moves so far for the defending World Series champions, who look to patch some holes and reload for another playoff run in 2016.

The Alex Gordon dream is still alive for Royals fans, but the Chicago Cubs confirmed what most suspected on the Ben Zobrist front: he’s too expensive. There’s plenty of Royals rumors still out there, though, and Kansas City still has work to do.

Check out the latest KC Royals news and links from around FanSided:

Will Alex Gordon sign with St. Louis Cardinals [KC Kingdom]

It’s a nightmare situation for Royals fans. The Royals would not have to face Gordon but for a few games each season,  but he’d be joining the enemy. He wouldn’t be joining a division rival, which is great, but he would be playing 250 miles down I-70 and wearing Cardinal red.

KC Royals lose Ben Zobrist to Chicago Cubs [Kings of Kauffman]

While the KC Royals pretty much knew that the market for Zobrist had zoomed beyond their comfort zone when teams began to add a fourth year to their offers, losing him is still a blow. Now the Kansas City Royals are pretty much locked into opening the 2016 season with the unproductive Omar Infante at second base.

James Shields Could Be An Option [KC Kingdom] 

When the 2014 season came to an end, fans knew Shields would be departing for greener pastures. He accepted a four-year deal worth $75 million from the San Diego Padres, and it was bye bye James in Kansas City.

Now, however, the Padres are wanting to trade Shields, according to Buster Olney.

Tigers ruled out for Yoenis Cespedes and Alex Gordon [FanSided]

Both Cespedes and Gordon represent likely $100 million commitments, and have been rumored to be aligned with a number of teams, despite no clear leader emerging from the pack.

The Anaheim Angels have been closely aligned with Cespedes thus far, while the St. Louis Cardinals, San Francisco Giants and a return to the Kansas City Royals have all been mentioned as possibilities for Gordon.

Here’s a look at Royals links from around the web:

Once booed, Royals manager Ned Yost adjusts to standing ovations around Kansas City [Sporting News]

While Royals fans booed Yost for questionable calls and calling out fans during the team’s back to back 90-loss seasons just three years ago (and still do with the term “Yosted”), the Royals skipper’s persistence paid off with the club’s first World Series title since 1985.’

Dayton Moore’s history at the Winter Meetings [SB Nation]

How has Dayton Moore typically worked at the Winter Meetings? If the past is any indication, don’t expect a ton of fireworks from Dayton Moore over the next few days. Let’s take a look back at the Winter Meetings under Dayton Moore.

How Royals fit among the serious Yoenis Cespedes suitors [New York Post]

But that did not preclude the Royals from inquiring on Cespedes, as well. However, Kansas City has come to a rather quick conclusion that Cespedes’ price tag will almost certainly be beyond its comfort zone. Gordon will cost a lesser, more tolerable amount. Royals GM Dayton Moore has acknowledged the team will try to save money by giving Jarrod Dyson a chance to be one of their regular corner outfielders.

The KC Royals tend to operate on the quieter side during free agency, at least for the past few offseasons. Whether they can continue the trend of landing quality free agent at team-friendly prices – that remains to be seen.

It’s tough to say exactly what direction the Royals will go in this offseason. There’s potential holes at corner outfielder, starting pitcher and second base. Who do you think Kansas City will end up signing this offseason?