Coming off a 26-34 2020 season, John Sherman, the Royals owner still in his first year, has some big names coming off the payroll with Ian Kennedy becoming a free agent and Alex Gordon retiring. They still won’t have much financial flexibility headed into the offseason.
The Royals also have nine potential arbitration cases including big names Jorge Soler, Brad Keller, Maikel Franco, Adalberto Mondesi and Hunter Dozier.
Outfield – Partially Addressed
The Royals will need to replace Gordon in left. Franchy Cordero will likely get the first crack at the job. Whit Merrifield will likely be in right field. The Royals signed long term National Michael A. Taylor to a one year deal to address the gap in center, but look for them to add another cost-efficient veteran to add depth. Taylor has plenty of upside and potential after being replaced by Victor Robles in the Nats outfield.
The Royals’ bullpen was the strength of their 2020 season, which was a big surprise. In a perfect world, Kansas City would be able to re-sign Greg Holland or even Trevor Rosenthal, who was dealt to San Diego at the Trade Deadline. But those deals would have to be club-friendly. And, as always, general manager Dayton Moore and his staff will be on the lookout for low-risk-high-reward deals for bullpen help, like Holland and Rosenthal were prior to 2020.
The Royals have a few young prospects that could be factors in 2021 – Jackson Kowar, Daniel Lynch, and Asa Lacy. With Mike Montgomery opting for free agency, the rotation is pretty thin. Right hander Jakob Junis is making a conversion to the bullpen to help address that need. That leaves Kansas City in the market for a potential starter trying to resurrect his career – again, someone who is low-risk-high-reward.
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