KC Royals news has been eerily quiet of late as team takes prudent approach to free agency.
The KC Royals entered the offseason with a championship roster. Wholesale changes weren’t expected, and the team has maintained a low profile this offseason.
The big four signings are still Chris Young, Joakim Soria, Tim Collins and Dillon Gee. There’s things to like about these signings, especially that bolstering your pitching staff with proven veteran arms is a positive, but the Royals still haven’t made much noise regarding the biggest free agent name on its radar.
Outfielder Alex Gordon remains a possibility as long as he’s a free agent. Contrary to recent rumor, Gordon said that the Royals have not been ruled out, according to Mike Patterson of the Omaha World-Herald:
“The Royals are still in the mix,” he said. “I know what’s going on behind the scenes, and I’m dealing with it the best I can.”
Gordon said the free-agent experience hasn’t been nerve-racking but added the timeline has been a little surprising.
Now it’s getting scary for Royals fans, though.
First it was the St. Louis Cardinals who could swoop Gordon, now it’s the division opponent Chicago White Sox. Both are way too close to home if Gordon does in fact leave Kansas City. For now, it looks like Chicago could be the more likely of the two, but nothing seems imminent in this slow free agency period:
There’s still other outfield names there as well. But ever since Jason Heyward signed with the Cubs, the free agent outfield market has been stagnant. It’s hardly moving. Until Gordon, Justin Upton or Yoenis Cespedes make the first move, it’s hard to tell what any of these guys are going to cost.
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The Royals got some troubling news indirectly from the New York Yankees. Aroldis Chapman did make the switch to the American League and now is most certainly closer to the Royals than he was a week ago. Chapman and Craig Kimbrel both made the switch to the AL this offseason.
Still, as other teams around the league load up on bullpen arms, the Royals are the model. The Royals are the only team who have done it. And naturally, other teams will imitate and try to recreate similar results.
It’s a matter of time before the Alex Gordon situation works itself out. Until then, keep a close eye on free agency if you’re a Royals fan.
KC Royals News and Notes From Around FanSided
White Sox could be top contenders for Alex Gordon [FanSided.com – Matt Whitener]
Royals Rumors: Mat Latos an option [KC Kingdom – Zach Blochlinger]
In his last complete season, he went 14-7 in 32 starts for the Cincinnati Reds while throwing at a 3.16 ERA/1.210 WHIP/8.0 K/9 in 210 innings, the most of his career thus far.
KC Royals: Biggest trades in recent years [KC Kingdom – Leigh Oleszczak]
KC Royals no longer have best bullpen in baseball [Kings of Kauffman – John Viril]
Kansas City Royals might have unexpected gift in Omar Infante [Kings of Kauffman – David Hill]
More KC Royals News From Around the Internet
Scott Boras on Free Agency, Davis, Span, CBA [MLBTradeRumors.com – Jeff Todd]
While he attributed the big starting pitching salaries this year to a natural reflection of last year’s Max Scherzer contract, Boras says there has been a “definite advance in the relief market.” He attributes that observation to a copycat phenomenon as teams seek to emulate the success of the Royals.
Alex Gordon denies report that Royals have ‘no chance’ to sign him [Kansas City Star – Pete Grathoff]
Royals’ motivation key to maintaining reign [MLB.com – Jeffrey Flanagan]
“One of the things that [general manager] Dayton [Moore] has made sure of,” owner David Glass said, “is that we’re not just built for a one- or two-year thing. This is a team built to contend for a while.”
Which Royals player would you build a team around [Max Riepert – Royals Review]
Royals Trade Rumors: Jay Bruce to replace Alex Gordon [Innings Eaters – Tim Boyle]
We hope you enjoyed this edition of KC Royals News.
The Royals seem to be holding their ground on the open market. What’s your number priority for the Royals moving forward?