The discussion about who might win the 1B job out of spring training for the KC Royals proves that the club does not have a definitive long-term solution yet.
After picking up former New York Yankee Ryan McBroom last season, an internal competition was brewing for who would get playing time at first base, him or Ryan O’Hearn. The signing of Franco moved Hunter Dozier to the right field and eliminated any opportunity to place McBroom in that role.
Another option is to make a deal for a different Yankee first baseman. Luke Voit was all the rage at the end of 2018 and the beginning of 2019. He began to struggle, however, and injuries cost him some playing time as well. Eventually, he was left off the postseason roster…in a season where his OPS was .842 and OPS+ registered at 124.
The Yankees have Mike Ford who filled in very well for Voit and other options they could explore as well, such as training someone else to play the position.
This would cost the KC Royals more than they may be willing to give up but as Voit is not eligible for free agency until 2025, this is a long-term win. In only 227 career games he has produced a WAR of 3.7, hit 40 home runs and an OBP of .371. These numbers blow away the output by Kansas City’s current crop of first basemen.