As the KC Royals began to integrate the young core of talented arms coming up through the minors, a veteran pitcher with success in the rotation and bullpen would be a boon.
Stripling did not make his big league debut until age 26 and so after four seasons he his already entering his 30’s. He is inexpensive at $2.1 million and not a free agent until 2023.
His numbers have been solid his entire major league career, never posting an ERA above 3.96, keeping his WHIP below 1.19 each season but one and a career ERA+ of 115. He strikes out around a batter an inning and made the All-Star game back in 2018.
As mentioned, he is comfortable in a variety of roles which would come in handy as the Royals try to figure out what they have with their younger staff. Stripling also throws a knuckle-curve which might be the coolest pitch around.