Welcome back to the Kings of Kauffman Offseason Update Series. Like many of our FanSided baseball sites, we will use this format regularly to keep fans informed of what the KC Royals are and aren’t doing to improve the club. So keep a close eye on this area.
Last week there was some hope for KC Royals fans, who were waiting for the club to start making trades, sign free agents and cleanse their roster of underperforming players. Like all other major league teams, the Royals had to finalize their 40-man roster by Tuesday afternoon and write or not write 2023 contracts to their eligible players by close of business Friday.
But in case you haven’t heard, those hopes began to wane on Tuesday when Kansas City made its 40-man decisions without much fanfare and were completely dashed on Friday when KC signed contracts for its nine eligible players .
Barring trades or other transactions unforeseen at the time, the addition to the 40-man provided pitcher Alec Marsh, catcher Freddy Fermin and outfielder Diego Hernández protection from the Rule 5 draft. DFA’d and out of the 40-man dropped were outfielder Brent Rooker and pitchers Nate Webb and Jake Brentz.
Rooker has since moved to Oakland via a waiver claim and fan side Robert Murray reported (Twitter link) that Webb recently signed with Pittsburgh.
The signing of O’Hearn, which is either believable or unbelievable depending on your perspective, means the royals will give at least one more chance to a once promising player who only became productive as a pinch bat.
And Friday’s frenzy of contract calls means Adalberto Mondesi and Brad Keller are still on the team’s agenda, despite solid arguments to let them go. Also entered were Brady Singer, Scott Barlow, Nicky Lopez, Amir Garrett, Josh Staumont, Taylor Clarke and Kris Bubic. (More on their arbitration status in a moment).
Important off-season dates to remember for the KC Royals.
What key off-season dates remain after the 40-man roster and contract bidding deadlines?
- 5th-8th December: Winter meeting. Expect baseball’s annual confab to produce a bumper crop of rumors and deals. How active (or inactive) Kansas City will be remains to be seen.
- January 13: Arbitration Proposals. This is the day when the club and all remaining eligible players will be asked to exchange proposed salary offers for 2023. Hearings begin on January 30 in unsolved cases.
Projections of the KC Royals award.
Major League Baseball Trade Rumors projects these potential awards for royals still eligible for arbitration:
- Brad Keller, $7 million
- Scott Barlow, $4.9 million
- Nicky Lopez, $3.4 million
- Adalberto Mondesi, $3 million
- Brady Singer, $2.9 million
- Amir Garrett, $2.6 million
- Kris Bubic, $1.8 million
- Taylor Clarke, $1.5 million
- Josh Staumont, $1 million
KC Royals predicted the salary situation for 2023.
Spotracs The latest Kansas City projection puts the club at least $74,409,143 in salary in 2023.
KC Royals transactions to date.
Whether through trade or free agency, Kansas City has not added any players at this time. But the club lost this:
- Brent Rooker. Oakland Waiver.
- Nate Webb. Signed Pittsburgh.
- Sebastian Rivero. Released.
- Gave spear. Seattle Waiver.
- Tyler Zuber. Arizona Waiver.
- Luke Weber. Seattle Waiver.
Pitcher Zack Greinke was drafted to free agency shortly after the World Series ended, but appears to be a good candidate for a return to Kansas City.
KC Royals rumours, speculation, predictions.
Kansas City hasn’t been the subject of many player transfer rumors, but this one, courtesy of New York Post Met’s Beat writer Mike Puma surfaced on Twitter late in the week:
Kansas City would do well to pass Smith on. His career averages of .246 and 46 home runs in 447 big league games over six seasons aren’t big needle movements. And he has split time between first base and outfield, currently crowded positions for the Royals.
The lack of rumors doesn’t mean there hasn’t been speculation about who could be a good fit for the royals, including:
That’s all for this update. We’ll be back soon.