Kansas City Royals fans are hoping some members of the Core Four will return, but the team has to be looking at other options. Here are some players who could help fill two of those key areas.
With the likely departures of Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Alcides Escobar and Lorenzo Cain, there will be some holes the Kansas City Royals need to fill. The only thing that seems to be set in stone is the starting rotation in 2018. The Royals will fill some spots internally, and there are a few other areas the Royals will need to look to free agency to fill.
The weaker areas going into 2018 that the Kansas City Royals need to look to fill are the bullpen, center field and first base. Even if Moustakas leaves, the Royals have some depth at third base. Cheslor Cuthbert, Hunter Dozier and Ramon Torres will probably all get some time at the hot corner and shortstop will likely be filled by Raul Mondesi. So the question becomes, who can the Royals sign to fill the remaining holes?
The Kansas City Royals will be looking for cheap free agents who can help them stay somewhat competitive. They won’t be making any huge splashes, but they will make some moves mainly at first base and in the outfield. The Royals will be rebuilding and are wanting to develop players, so the free agents they sign will be moves that will support that plan.
We’ll look first at options to replace Hosmer.