What Should We Expect from the Royals?
First base and center field are the biggest question marks for the Kansas City Royals. The free agent pools for what the Royals need are pretty shallow. I don’t expect them to make a splash here.
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I do expect the Royals to sign a first baseman. That could be Hosmer or one of the players I mentioned. Center field is somewhere the Royals could go either way. They could sign Cain or a player I listed above. There are a couple of options — even if they aren’t ideal.
Signing free agents are a risk, and the Royals haven’t had them pan out these last couple of offseasons. However, 2018 free agent signings shouldn’t be held to the same standards we have asked for in 2016 and 2017.
The Royals are rebuilding and moving money away from payroll and towards the draft. Kansas City could still re-sign a few of the core from the 2015 World Series team, but I wouldn’t plan on it.
If the Royals don’t re-sign Hosmer or Cain, what free agents do you think the Royals should sign? Let us know what you think in the comments.