Do the KC Royals need any of the other three Baltimore free agents?
If nine years in the majors have proven anything about Rougned Odor, it’s that he’s a serviceable second baseman who can hit for power. He’s clubbed at least 30 homers three times and less than 10 only once. And although his defense isn’t stellar, it’s been good enough for the Rangers, Yankees and Orioles.
But Odor isn’t a great fit for the Royals, who appear committed to Michael Massey at second and have Nicky Lopez and Adalberto Mondesi, both capable of playing there, if Massey doesn’t work out. Don’t look for Kansas City to pursue Odor.
The same goes for Jesús Aguilar who, like Odor, has nine seasons in The Show and some power (he’s hit at least 12 homers in five different campaigns, including a career-high 35 in his 2018 All-Star season and 22 in 2021. But because he’s primarily a first baseman, and the Royals already have Vinnie Pasquantino (and maybe Nick Pratto) there, they won’t be interested in Aguilar unless they want to add a righthanded bench bat.
Catcher Robinson Chirinos is the other Baltimore free agent. With five seasons of at least 10 homers, he, too, has some power, but at 38—39 in June—he’s an unlikely target of Kansas City, especially when Gallagher is available should the club consider signing a veteran backup catcher.
Should Kansas City pursue any Baltimore free agents?