The off-season will soon be upon us and we all know Dayton Moore likes to strike early. So what would be your plan for the Royals going into this winter? How do you get the 81-81 Royals back in the playoffs for another post-season run?
The Royals have four mutual options to decide on, although need to exercise the option as well: Luke Hochevar ($7 million), Kris Medlen ($10 million), Kendrys Morales ($11 million), Edinson Volquez ($10 million)
The Royals have two free agents: Drew Butera and Peter Moylan
The Royals must decide whether or not to make a $17.2 million Qualifying Offer to any free agents.
The Royals have eight arbitration-eligible players they need to decide whether or not to tender contracts to: Tony Cruz, Tim Collins, Danny Duffy, Jarrod Dyson, Dillon Gee, Kelvin Herrera, Eric Hosmer, Daniel Nava,
Here is what the 2017 payroll looks like with arbitration salary estimates.
Here is what the 40-man roster currently looks like.
|OF||Jorge Bonifacio||LHP||Scott Alexander|
|OF||Billy Burns||RHP||Miguel Almonte|
|C||Drew Butera||RHP||Wade Davis|
|OF||Lorenzo Cain||LHP||Danny Duffy|
|IF||Christian Colon||LHP||Brian Flynn|
|C||Tony Cruz||RHP||Dillon Gee|
|IF||Cheslor Cuthbert||RHP||Kelvin Herrera|
|IF||Hunter Dozier||RHP||Ian Kennedy|
|OF||Jarrod Dyson||RHP||Kevin McCarthy|
|SS||Alcides Escobar||RHP||Alec Mills|
|OF||Alex Gordon||RHP||Peter Moylan|
|1B||Eric Hosmer||RHP||Brooks Pounders|
|OF||Terrance Gore||RHP||Joakim Soria|
|IF||Whit Merrifeld||LHP||Matt Strahm|
|IF||Raul Mondesi||LHP||Jason Vargas|
|DH||Kendrys Morales||RHP||Yordano Ventura|
|OF||Daniel Nava||RHP||Edinson Volquez|
|OF||Paulo Orlando||RHP||Chris Young|
|C||Salvador Perez||RHP||Kyle Zimmer|
Here is a list of players eligible for free agency this winter.
What is your off-season plan? Would you make Qualifying Offers to Morales or Volquez? Would you trade Cheslor Cuthbert or Hunter Dozier to address other needs? Would you trade Wade Davis to save money? What do you do about designated hitter next season?
Let us know in the comments below, or better yet, write a Fanpost and detail your plan!