These 3 Royals will be on their way out of Kansas City when the shortened 2020 season comes to an end in less than 2 weeks.
After winning the World Series in 2015, the Royals were doing everything they could to ensure that they’d still be a contender in 2016. That led to them giving Alex Gordon the largest contract in franchise history and inking newcomer Ian Kennedy to the second largest contract in team history.
Spoiler alert: Neither worked out.
Gordon did return after his contract expired, but that’s only because he played well in 2019 and he was willing to come back and mentor some of the younger guys. That was also before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, shortening the 2020 MLB season.
Kennedy had his moments, but for the most part, was a great disappointment. He was moved to the bullpen last season and it looked like the Royals had finally found a good role for him, but they made the critical mistake of not trading him and, well – Look where they’re at regarding Kennedy now.
Sparkman isn’t in the same boat with these two, as no one really expected much out of him, but for whatever reason, he’s still hanging around. Hopefully his 3 lackluster seasons are evidence enough that he’s not going to be a suitable piece for this rebuild.
The Royals are in the midst of what looks to be a long rebuild and if they want to improve moving forward, these 3 players need to be left in the dust when the 2020 season wraps up.