The 2019 Kansas City Royals need a player who can turn their luck around. Thinking about it in terms of fantasy sports, which player could fill that role?
There is no doubt that the 2018 season for the Kansas City Royals is not one that fans were extremely happy about.
I am a huge fan of fantasy baseball (as well as fantasy football), but before fantasy sports began kids would gather at the playground and swap baseball cards for their favorite players. Not to tell you my age, but I remember getting a Willie Wilson Topps card and feeling like I was king of the playground for that week.
Of course, times have changed and while Topps still makes baseball cards, baseball player information is traded around a little differently these days. Today, it seems like we are proud of who we picked in our fantasy draft more than whose card we found in a Topps pack under that stick of gum (for more info on the stick of gum check out this article by Jim Caple).
Going back to the days before the popularity of the internet and fantasy sports, lets all get out our Topps cards and take a trip back to the way things used to be handled. If you could choose one player that would help the 2019 Royals get back to their winning ways who would it be?
For fun’s sake, no salary implications, no worries about who we might have in the minor league system. If there was one player out there on another that would help us get back to the playoffs in 2019 team, who would you choose?
For the sake of this exercise, I am going to presume that the 2019 Royals have an awesome pitching staff. Now I don’t have to worry about pitching for my fantasy team. Also, I am going to say that Perez and Gordon are locks to make the team. Everyone else is a wildcard for this scenario. Seven slots to fill and who do I feel would make the biggest impact on our players.
Many names to choose from in the MLB, but I would go with Nolan Arenado from the Rockies. First, he plays strong at 3rd base and after losing Moose we could use a solid bat at 3B. Second, he has a huge bat almost hitting .300 this year, but he knocked in 38 homers. That’s huge for the Royals.
I believe he is in his prime at 27 and would be a huge boost to our offense next year. He has durability too. According to his stats from the MLB website (mlb.com) he played in 156 games this year.
Who would you draft? Would it be Mike Trout? How about bringing back LoCain or Moose? What about Hosmer? Maybe you go with Bryce Harper or you choose a great pitcher like Chris Sale. The fun part about dreaming in the offseason is you can have whoever you want at whatever cost it might be.
Let’s get back to making baseball fun again and dreaming about our team winning the World Series one more time!