The Kansas City Royals had to make a roster move after reinstating Jorge Bonifacio from the 80-game suspended list. Unfortunately for Ryan Goins, he drew the short straw.
The infield utility player has reached the end with the Kansas City Royals. After the game on Wednesday, Ryan Goins was seen saying his goodbyes to the Royals in the dugout. Reason being, Jorge Bonifacio was eligible to be reinstated after spending the first 80-games of the season suspended for PED use.
During his time in Kansas City, Goins was unable to put together numbers that were good enough to for the Royals to keep him. On the year, Goins has a .226/.252/.313 slash over 41 games. Goins also struck out 29 times compared to just four walks. His wRC+ is also telling of what kind of offensive player he is. On a scale where 100 is average, Goins has a 50 wRC+.
Defensively, Goins was someone that was more than productive. For the Royals, he played all around the infield. He played second base, third base, and shortstop. When looking at his UZR, he also showed to be a quality defender. When 0.0 is the score for an average defender, He has a 1.3 at second base, a 0.2 at third base, and a -0.1 at shortstop. The majority of his games came at second base too, which is a positive thing to see.
However, the Royals have other future pieces that seem to be making the move forward.
With the recent call-ups of Adalberto Mondesi and Rosell Herrera, Goins didn’t seem to have a spot. Both can play the infield position and Herrera has been spending time in the outfield. When Bonifacio was about to make the jump, the outfield seemed a little full. With Herrera being more of the future than Goins, it only seemed logical that Goins would be the one to go.
The positive thing is that even though Goins doesn’t have the offensive power or consistently, defensively he is above average. Any team that is contending could be in the mix or picking Goins up. He isn’t going to be a free agent for very long.
Who knows, maybe he liked Kansas City enough that if he makes it through waivers and no one picks him up, he could be reassigned to Omaha and wait out his time. Very unlikely for the 30-year-old veteran though.
I can appreciate what Goins did for the Royals this year, but he did his part for the Royals. Best of luck to Goins on his future endeavors!