The Kansas City Royals have been relatively quiet this offseason. However, there are rumors that the Royals are in the market for free agents.
It has been easy for fans of the Kansas City Royals to get frustrated with the team’s leadership this offseason. The Royals have been relatively quiet when compared to other teams in the league when it comes to addressing the roster. However, rumors are circulating that KC may be interested in pitcher Jason Hammel and designated hitter Pedro Alvarez.
If the rumors are true, it makes sense for the Royals. The team has need for another arm in the rotation with the departure of Edinson Volquez. Acquiring a tried and true veteran like Jason Hammel could help stabilize the back end of the rotation. Of course, there is concern with his age and potential decline in his stuff.
As for the rumors with Pedro Alvarez, that seems to make a little less sense. The Royals moved a big piece in closer Wade Davis in order to get Jorge Soler. Soler would seem to fit the Royals roster best as a designated hitter. Alvarez can also play the infield, while Soler doubles as an outfielder, so there is potential for shared roles. However, neither player is a strong option in the field on regular basis.
It remains to be seen how either Alvarez or Hammel will fit into the bigger picture for the Kansas City Royals. However, signs that the Royals are looking to add talent is definitely a good thing. Many fans and analysts have been under the belief that Kansas City was intent on standing pat this season.
The Kansas City Royals may still have some hopes for postseason success in 2017. A lot of it will rely on the development of young prospects, but also on the acquisition of key talent. There is no reason for the Royals to be giving up on this season. There is enough talent on the roster to still put up a good fight. However, the real key is whether or not the team has saved enough money to re-sign key pending free agents.