J.J. Picollo discusses cutting ties with Hunter Dozier.
“No doubt, this was a tough one,” Royals general manager J.J. Picollo said. “It’s 10 years he has been with the organization and we have known him since Day 1. We just looked at how our team is starting to shape up and opportunities with how we balance our roster out.”...
“With Nicky coming back tonight, it made it a little bit tougher to get him on the field,” Picollo said. “Just feel bad for Hunter, as he is such a pro. He works hard and is everything you want in a teammate. Just want to wish him the best.”
Kevin O’Brien at Royals Reporter looks back on the Dozier era.
That said, if anything, Dozier should be remembered as one of the pieces of the Royals’ failed “Process 2.0” under Moore.
Back in 2019, the Royals seemed primed to build their core around Dozier, Jorge Soler, Whit Merrifield, Adalberto Mondesi, Salvador Perez, and Hunter Dozier. When the Royals acquired Michael A. Taylor and Andrew Benintendi in 2021, Moore thought those two would be the missing pieces that the lineup core needed to take the next step.
And unfortunately, Royals fans know how that turned out.
David Lesky at Into the Crown considers ways to improve the offense this winter.
The Rays aren’t afraid to trade guys and Brandon Lowe only has a couple years of club control after 2023. The Cardinals have a bunch of outfielders and aren’t likely to keep them all. I need to dig in some more on some trade options even beyond the big leagues, but that’s probably where this team needs to find their offensive support along with what’s already in their system. It’s a big reason why when the Royals move their bullpen pieces, players who typically don’t bring back a ton, can be so important. Maybe there’s a deal where Aroldis Chapman and Melendez are packaged to bring back a legitimate prospect or two or even a big leaguer. I don’t know if that’s even possible, it’s just an example, but that’s the sort of thing they likely need to do.
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