The Kansas City Royals have kept their word with their intent to lock in the core of their team by extending Salvador Perez. Who might be next on the list to sign?
There was a time when the Kansas City Royals were Baseball Siberia. They were a team when player’s careers went to die, a team filled with castoffs, has beens, and never weres. Those young players who had the misfortune to be drafted by such a woeful organization essentially counted down the days until free agency or the inevitable cost cutting trade, regarding such moments as a paroled convict would when he gets his first taste of freedom in years.
Those days, fortunately, are over. Instead of cutting costs and looking to squeeze every cent into his bank account, David Glass has opened the vaults. Players are looking at the Royals as a destination, rather than a place to be avoided. And those players already in Kansas City are looking to remain with the ballclub, feeling that they have found a place where they can contend for championships each season.
Now that Salvador Perez has signed his long term extension to remain with the Royals through 2021, who will be next? There are several other players whose contracts expire following the 2017 season that could be considered vital parts of the Royals return to prominence. Let us take a look at several of them, and the cases for and against an extension.
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