Mike Minor has been yet another gem found by Moore to fill out the bullpen. Much like Ryan Madson, Chris Young and Joe Blanton before him, Minor was given an opportunity to pitch in the bullpen by Kansas City after coming off of an injury. He did not waste that opportunity and has set himself up for a nice payday.
Minor will apparently look to train as a starter this offseason. But I think he’s much better served as a high-leverage reliever. The Kansas City Royals are almost certain to pass on his $10 million option for 2018, meaning Minor will be looking for new suitors this offseason.
The Royals will have some decisions to make regarding their financial situation, and they already have a pretty deep bullpen. Minor was a big part of the bullpen this year. But I think KC will look to guys like Scott Alexander and the organization’s Single-A Wilmington Pitcher of the Year, Richard Lovelady, to fill in as cheaper options for Minor.
The Boston Red Sox were reported to be very interested in the Royals lefty earlier this spring. But the Royals decided not to sell. I’m looking for the Red Sox to be heavy favorites to land Mike Minor this offseason in an attempt to bolster their bullpen for 2018.
Prediction: Mike Minor signs with the Red Sox for three years and $18 million.