While the KC Royals have addressed many areas with free agent signings already, there still are options from Miami to consider.
After a decade of poor baseball results, Miami team owner Derek Jeter and manager Don Mattingly finally produced a winning record and playoff berth for the Marlins in 2020. A handful of free agents from that squad, made up of pitchers and utility players, are available for the KC Royals.
While there are no probable game-changers in the bunch, there might be some players who could help shore up the Kansas City roster. We will take a look at who some of those players could be.
Not only was he originally drafted by the Royals in 2006—he chose to go to college instead—Royals fans will remember, or perhaps not want to remember, the half-season Brad Boxberger spent with the team in 2019. Posting a career-worst ERA (5.40) and second-worst WHIP (1.575) as a major leaguer led to his July release.
He did rebound with the Marlins in 2020, cutting down on walks and producing a near career-high 152 ERA+. He allowed no runs or hits in three postseason innings, but did walk two.
With the recent re-signing of reliever Greg Holland, and the multitude of other good arms in the KC Royals’ bullpen, there does not appear to be enough room for Boxberger on the roster. Additionally, he has a tendency to walk batters at a high rate and the Royals certainly do not need help in that area.