KC Royals: Making the case, Brewers free agents

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After reviewing the last of the infielders, we look at the two remaining pitchers from the Brewers that the KC Royals could consider signing.

A tough-as-nails player, infielder Eric Sogard definitely leaves it all on the field. That does not always lead to production at the plate as his .246/.316/.340 career slash indicates.

Out of nowhere, Sogard had a monster season in 2019 hitting 13 homers and a career-high .290 batting average. The $4 million he was paid to hit .201 with one dinger in 2020 was not a solid return for Milwaukee. I would pass on bringing him in unless it was a very cheap deal and only for a utility role.

Two pitchers whose time may have passed

After struggling the last few seasons and dealing with injuries, Shelby Miller passed on participating in the 2020 campaign. After two solid years to begin his career with the St. Louis Cardinals, Miller went on to have his best year Sabermetric-wise with the Atlanta Braves in 2015.

In his lone year in Atlanta, he lost 17 games. Yes, 17 games. But his ERA was 3.02, his WHIP 1.25, and he had a career full season-best 127 ERA+. Ever since then, he has struggled and while the wonderment of seeing if he can return to form is there, it does not appear he would fit in with the Royals unless we could do a minor league deal for a tryout.

Lastly, we look at a reliever who spent a small chunk of time in Kansas City in 2018. Justin Grimm appeared in 16 games with the Royals that season, posting a 13.50 ERA and walking an unbearable 14 batters in 12 2/3 innings.

Grimm pitched in the minors in 2019 before returning to big league action with the Brewers this summer. The results were not pretty:  four walks, four home runs allowed in just shy of five frames pitched, with a 17.36 ERA and 2.79 WHIP to boot. Nothing for the KC Royals to explore here.

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That is a recap of the players who are available from the Milwaukee Brewers. There could be a potential fit or two for the KC Royals just to see if there is anything left in the tank.  Perhaps a surprise addition to the team would be a part of the return to contention.