There Is Still Time To Bridge The Gap Between The Tigers and Royals.


Peter Bourjos would be the ideal fit to upgrade their outfield due to his gold glove caliber defense and low salary. The issue is KC may not have the starting pitcher that would entice the Angels to make a swap.

The higher profile players left on the market such as Nick Swisher, Michael Bourn, Edwin Jackson are out of reach due to budget restraints. Their isn't a lot of players left in the "bargain bin" that could really be counted on for consistent production next year. Trading more prospects for affordable ML ready talent seems to be the best course of action if they're truly committed to winning now.

While nothing will be done this winter to favor them in the AL Central, there are options for them to explore to ensure they're in the wildcard hunt for the full duration of the 2013 campaign.


Free Agency:

Shaun Marcum:

He fits the billing of someone that could fit nicely somewhere in the middle of the rotation. The question is, how healthy is his elbow?

He's a flyball pitcher that would be more productive in a pitcher's park like Kauffman Stadium. The park factor would at least nullify the transition from the NL to the AL, so his ERA shouldn't spike.

He'd only be a worth while gamble on a 1 year deal. Unsure of his value on the market as things stand currently, but $6-8 million range sounds about right due to question marks regarding his health. If they could find suitors for Bruce Chen and Luke Hochevar, maybe this isn't too far fetched of a signing. They were linked to him at one point this winter.

Scott Hairston:

He'd provide OF depth and even with a fall off from his 2012 numbers should provide a plus WAR. In case of an injury or another atrocious year from Jeff Francoeur he would come in handy. Even though he profiles best defensively in LF.

I've heard rumors of a price tag around 2 years $10 million. If that's the case, I'd pass and spend elsewhere.

Kelly Johnson:

Johnson is 31 years old and could be on a downward trend. Yes, he could also bounce back to being a + 1.5 WAR player, but I wouldn't like the sign unless he somehow falls into a bargain-basement price. For $2-3 million I'd take him into consideration. Avoiding him all together for cheaper options via trade is probably the best route, though.

Six Players Worth Inquiring About:

Jemile Weeks/Seth Smith:

They need to be open to upgrading 2nd base via free agency/trade. All their in house options leave plenty to be desired. I'd have liked to see them commit to Johnny Giavotella all year, but they seem to be sour on him as an every day player.

Weeks has fallen out of favor in Oakland and a change of scenery could be exactly what he needs. He had a miserable season last year, but he's still relatively young at 26 and his upside is a +2 WAR if everything clicks for him. 1 to 1.5 is more likely and would be acceptable at his price point. (close to league minimum). He's under team control through 2017.

Smith makes perfect sense as a fit in KC. He's insurance in LF/DH and could become a platoon partner with Jeff Francoeur.. His defense in right field would be shaky at best, but he can make up for his glove deficiencies by the fact he can do some damage against right handed pitching. ( .259-352-454 line last year) Smith made $2.4 million last year and is arbitration eligible for two more seasons.

KC needs a +1 WAR player off the bench, so adding an outfielder should be a necessity. Jarrod Dyson and David Lough can't be anything more than 4th-5th OF's, even if they get bitten by the injury bug.

Danny Espinosa:

He'd be a significant upgrade for Kansas City. He does strike out a ton, but he has solid tools across the board. He is capable of being a 20-20 guy annually while providing a plus glove.

While a phone call as a feeler wouldn't hurt, their chances of acquiring him would be more realistic once Anthony Rendon is ready to step in, which is likely sometime in 2014. He needs some more seasoning to make a smooth transition from the hot corner to 2nd base.

While on the line, they could check in on Steve Lombardozzi. While I'm not sold on him being anything more than a decent regular, he was adequate in his rookie campaign. Will likely fit best as a super utility guy in the long term.

Peter Bourjos:

He's likely be dealt somewhere since there is no playing time available for him in their star studded outfield. He is an elite player defensively. He's a solid enough hitter to make him a 4-5 WAR player combined with his gold glove caliber defense. ( He posted a 4.5 WAR in 2011)

The problem is they want ML ready starting pitching and Luke Hochevar or Bruce Chen are not going to cut the mustard. Flipping recently acquired Wade Davis would be worth it for this return, but they'd likely want someone like a Sam Selmon or Danny Duffy as well.

I do know that he would be a perfect fit patrolling the outfield at the K for the years to come. He's under team control for 4 more years. They could shift Lorenzo Cain to right field and have a more than respectable outfield moving forward.

Gerardo Parra:

If I couldn't match up the right package for Bourjos, I'd be buzzing Diamondbacks GM Kevin Towers. They plan to start Adam Eaton in CF and they also have A.J. Pollock waiting in the wings, so by having a surplus of outfielders, it seems as if Parra could be attainable. They'd prefer to deal Jason Kubel, but he isn't a fit in Kansas City.

Parra is a plus defender in CF or RF. He's a left handed bat, so could fill in nicely at both positions to keep the starters fresh or to possibly form some sort of platoon. He's a career line of.280-332-400.

He's arbitration eligible this year and is under team control for 3 more seasons.

Domonic Brown :

He's been a bust in philly, but it's been a relatively small sample size. If they sign Nick Swisher or Cody Ross, it would probably be the right time to move him.

If he could be had for the right price, he'd be worth taking a flier on. He would have ample opportunity to play 3-4 days a week or at worst case scenario be their 4th outfielder. He has more upside than their current in house options.

He's only 25 years old and is under team control for 5 more years.

This FanPost was written by a member of the Royals Review community. It does not necessarily reflect the views of the editors and writers of this site.

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