Oct 14, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas (8) dives into the stands to catch a foul ball hit by Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones (not pictured) during the sixth inning in game three of the 2014 ALCS playoff baseball game at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
While it’s unlikely that Kansas City Royals general manager Dayton Moore has enough resources to keep all of the above players in KC for the long term, the buzz suggests the Royals front office has started to grapple with the problem of keeping the winning going in Kansas City. Moore is going to have to make choices in the near future that will determine which players will be part of a long term core, and which guys to let go.
The first step in making such decisions is finding out the prices.
Hosmer, Gordon, and Zobrist aren’t the only issues. Kelvin Herrera and Greg Holland continue to get more expensive. Lorenzo Cain has become a super-star and the KC Royals control him through 2017, as well as Mike Moustakas, Hosmer, Alcides Escobar, and Danny Duffy. Greg Holland can become a free-agent after 2016. The Royals control Salvador Perez, Yordano Ventura, and Kelvin Herrera for three years or more after this season.
For what it’s worth, here’s one blogger’s quick takes on all three players and how they might fit into the KC Royals long term plans:
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