KC Royals: Making the case, Colorado free agents

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The KC Royals are probably looking for a bit of pitching and an outfielder, and Colorado’s free agent field has both.

Welcome back to Kings of Kauffman’s continuing series analyzing the major league free agent market and projecting who might, or might not, fit the KC Royals’ needs. Today we take a look at the Colorado Rockies’ free agents. 

The KC Royals are getting better. Chances are good they won’t lose 100 games in 2021 like they did in 2018 and ’19, and might have in 2020 had the season been long enough. But Kansas City  isn’t yet a complete team and should be in search of some help this winter. The club needs to tweak its pitching and, with the retirement of Alex Gordon, a veteran outfielder wouldn’t hurt while the Royals wait for their promising youngsters to mature a bit.

There are several outstanding starting pitchers, relievers and outfielders in this year’s free agent crop—who wouldn’t want to sign and add Trevor Bauer, Marcus Stroman or Jake Odorizzi to their rotation, Liam Hendriks or Trevor Rosenthal to their bullpen, or George Springer, Marcell Ozuna, Michael Brantley, or Jackie Bradley Jr. to their outfield?

Unfortunately, the members of that star-studded group aren’t likely to have Kansas City on their lists, so the Royals will have to look elsewhere for help that fits their almost invariably conservative budget. The club is certain not to escape the financial mess COVID-19 has so far wrought on the industry, so free agents who’ll head the wish lists of richer teams won’t be directing their agents to give KC general manager Dayton Moore a call.

So where does Moore turn? The seven free agents of the Colorado Rockies? Let’s see.