Although this starting pitcher has struggled for a couple of years, he could find value as a long reliever.
Had a broken forearm not ended his season prematurely, we could have had a glimpse of how Jose Urena would look in long relief role in the playoffs. This would seem to be the best fit for him going forward and the only path to joining the KC Royals.
Outside of his 14-7 season in 2017, Urena has not produced an ERA+ of over 100 in his career. He also has a tendency to walk and hit a lot of batters and the Royals do not need to give out more free passes.
For a $2 million year contract, it could be worth bringing him in to see if there is anything left in the tank. But only if he does not create a roadblock for any upcoming prospects.
Trio of relievers
Nick Vincent was a decent arm out of the bullpen for many years but has had a WHIP of 1.30 or higher in three of the last four years. At this point, the Royals have way too many other options to consider him.
The same goes for Brandon Kintzler and Ryne Stanek. Stanek would be an interesting pickup as he played his high school baseball at Blue Valley in Stilwell, Kansas. He excelled in an opener role for the Tampa Bay Rays in 2018 and part ’19 but struggled once he was traded to Miami and they abandoned that role for him.