The 2017 MLB season has been another up and down campaign for the Kansas City Royals. However, despite potentially not playing for a playoff seeding, the Royals are not expected to sell their soon-to-be free agents.
According to ESPN.com’s Buster Olney, general manager Dayton Moore and the Royals will not sell at this year’s trade deadline, despite a number of key players hitting the free agent market this summer.
The Royals started their season by losing 20 of 30, but have surged almost all the way back to .500. Some of Moore’s peers with other teams understand Moore’s loyalty and appreciation of this group of players. They believe that unless the Royals completely collapse and fall far behind in the race, there will be no Kansas City sell-off; they think there is no way the GM would break the Royals in the middle of this season without giving them the last, complete opportunity they’ve earned at the end of one of the greatest eras of success in team history.
Players expected to hit the free agent market this summer for Kansas City include: All-Star first baseman Eric Hosmer, third baseman Mike Moustakas, shortstop Alcides Escobar and outfielder Lorenzo Cain.
Just two years ago, the Royals won the World Series and all four players bound to hit free agency were key pieces to that run. With the team not likely being a title contender in the foreseeable future, the logistical view was that Moore and the Royals would trade away most, if not all, of their soon-to-be free agents, to avoid losing them for nothing. Moore though, is intent on keeping the core together for the remaining 90 games this season and finish out strong.
The Royals are currently 35-36 as the MLB season nears the midway point and are third in the American League Central, four games out of first place behind the Cleveland Indians.