The Royals have had an eventful offseason, making a flurry of moves to transform the roster in hopes of contending for the AL Central in 2024.
Fans have waited a long time for an overhaul and the new organizational direction appears to be a promising one. We've seen some big names join the roster, though that means some players from last season are being replaced.
With that in mind, let's take a look at five Royals who are leaving Kansas City in the new year.
5 Royals Leaving Kansas City in 2024
1. Brad Keller - SP
Keller is still a pending free agent and I don't envision the Royals resigning him after adding valuable rotation arms like Michael Wacha and Seth Lugo. While he showed flashes in his time with Kansas City, Keller could never consistently put it together.
Last season was a mess for Keller. He walked 45 batters in 45.1 innings before laboring through injuries and spending time in the minors. The Royals can no longer afford to wait for Keller to find his command, so a fresh start is in the best interest of both parties.
Despite appearing in only 11 games, Keller had the second-most walks on the entire team in 2023. Teams like the Yankees that need pitching depth have shown interest, but as of now, Keller has yet to find his new home.
After spending six seasons with the Royals, Keller had every opportunity to break through. I'm hopeful he'll catch on somewhere, perhaps as a reliever.
In any case, he'll need to start finding the strike zone to extend his career.
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