There seems to be a likely scenario where the Kansas City Royals enter a full teardown and rebuild. What does that mean for the future of the team’s free agents? Here are logical landings spots.
The chances are increasing that the Kansas City Royals will opt for a complete teardown instead of a partial rebuild. For some fans, it’s a nightmare scenario. For others, it’s the only logical way to go.
That means none of the players recently granted free agent status would be re-signed. It also means none of the top free agents elsewhere would likely be pursued. There would be plenty of new faces in Kansas City next year. But they would come from Omaha and Northwest Arkansas, as opposed to say Atlanta and Texas.
So the rest of this exercise will be done under the premise that the Kansas City Royals approached this offseason looking to completely rebuild. It gives us a chance to explore what other places make logical sense for the now-former players. While many of these guys have plenty of options, some situations fit players better than others.
Some of these guys are unlikely to return regardless of the team’s future plans. Others will be back should the Kansas City Royals intend to compete in 2018. Still others will have their future directly determined by the team’s direction.