This year, Kings of Kauffman is participating in the FanSided Faux Winter Meetings. On behalf of the Kansas City Royals, here are some updates.
Free agency is upon us! With that comes plenty of transactions, trade talks, and everything in between. For the Royals, things have been a bit less hectic in the offseason’s opening weeks.
Disclaimer: Any ideas discussed below are 100 percent hypothetical. They do not reflect the pending transactions or future decisions of the Kansas City Royals.
This year, all 30 FanSided MLB affiliate sites are conducting a mock winter meeting simulation. Rules have been established and teams are open to communicate with one another via email, call/text and Twitter. As previously mentioned, Kansas City will likely operate under a limited budget during the first offseason with new ownership.
Because of that, our end has yet to make a serious move in the simulation. Right as I was set to make an offer for Mike Moustakas, he signed elsewhere. For the sake of being realistic, we had to pass on Gerrit Cole. Top-dollar offers won’t be made.
As far as extensions go, the team is in talks with the trio of Hunter Dozier, Adalberto Mondesi and Brad Keller about remaining Royals through their respective primes. Dozier is 28 and when it’s all said and done, we’re aiming for a four-year extension. Mondesi and Keller, both 24, could follow suit and then hit free agency when they’re at the same age Dozier is now. Updates will be provided as needed.
On the trade front, the San Diego Padres have reached out to us about trades for both Hunter Dozier and Whit Merrifield. Taking into account Dozier’s imminent extension, he is virtually untouchable. As valuable as Merrifield is, it will take quite the offer to pry him away from the Royals — even if our contention window is a couple of years away.
As we scour the free agent market for relief pitchers and potentially cheap back-of-the-rotation starters, we’ll create a new article and highlight some moves. In the meantime, we encourage you to play an active role in this simulation and tell the Kings of Kauffman team what you want to see!
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