KC Royals must sign one newly available outfielder

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Colorado Rockies, David Dahl
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The Colorado Rockies made a surprising choice by not working to re-sign the 10th overall pick in the 2012 draft.

While that seems like an eternity ago, David Dahl was selected out of high school and will only turn 27 next April.  He reached the big leagues in 2016 but has only been able to play 264 games in the majors since then due to injuries.

When not on the injured list, Dahl put up quality numbers outside of his 2020 campaign.  He was an All-Star in 2019 and his career slash is .286/.334./494.  He is a left-handed hitter that would mix in well with the powerful righties in the Kansas City lineup.

His fielding is not spectacular but definitely would not be an anchor to the KC Royals.  Dahl can go all three outfield positions but has spent more time in the corner spots which is where the team would need him to play.

His salary of almost $2.5 million may not decrease despite the bad year as he has youth and plenty of potential.  Despite the fact he may be more fragile than your loved one’s favorite Christmas ornament, a multi-year deal for a reasonable sum would be a wise gamble for the Royals.

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After acquiring Nomar Mazara for this last season, the south side Chicago team had to be extremely disappointed.  Averaging 20 home runs per year while with the Texas Rangers, Mazara only hit one(!) for the Pale Hose.

His OBP is not overly impressive with a career .318, but again, it is much higher than Kansas City’s the last few years.  The 6’4″ lefthander will only be 26 next season and had four consistent years at the plate before the blowup in ’20.

His career .990 fielding in the outfield on top of 27 assists show he can more than handle his own in the big grass area.  While he could play either corner spot, right field has been his dominant position.

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He should expect less than the five and half million the White Sox were due to pay him in 2020 but even in a suppressed market a team might shell out $4 million for a one or two year deal to see if he can recapture his prior success.  Mazara is not the first player the Royals should target but could be an option if others sign elsewhere.