The Kansas City Royals have had a relatively quiet offseason so far and that should be the norm as 2014 rolls around. The biggest surprise right now was the signing of former Angels pitcher earlier this week, Jason Vargas.
Vargas, age 30, has spent most of his career in Seattle up until last season. With two winning seasons in his career, the past two that is, Vargas will look to turn his career around in Kansas City and become a big part of the future with the team after signing a 4-year, $32 million contract on Friday.
Ervin Santana turned down the option given by the Royals, so most likely he will no longer be in Kansas City unless GM Dayton Moore wants to shell out around $100 million for him, which is highly unlikely.
Santana had a turnaround season with the Royals last year, pitching exceptionally well. Hopefully Vargas can be the Santana-like pitcher with the team this year.
It would be a shame to see the Royals take a step back after having so much success in the 2013 season. I do not see this happening, however, as the Royals are very deep with pitchers, and if the potential of some comes to surface this coming season it could be another fun ride in 2014.
Chris Getz has been given his fair shot at second base the past few seasons with the Royals. It’s time to move on and let him go. The past two offseasons, fans have heard about his new found “power” and how it will translate onto the field in the regular season. We have yet to see this so called “power” from Getz. His well below average bat is not enough to keep his glove on the field, and especially since Manager Ned Yost has gone away from bunting, Getz’s time at second should be over.
Johnny Giavotella has been given a decent shot at winning the position himself. He has been up and down from Omaha but never has shown enough consistency to play on a daily basis.
Late 2013 acquisition Emilio Bonifacio seems to be the front runner in my mind for the second base job. He played good baseball for the Royals in his time with the team last year and seems to be a solid young player. Christian Colon is an up and coming prospect in the Royals system and eventually second base could be his all to himself. Irving Falu played very well in his time with the club as a utility man, but Ned Yost seems to have a problem with his success apparently and refuses to play him no matter how well he does, so you can count him out for making the big league club as a second baseman or anywhere else in 2014.
If the Royals continue to get healthier within their pitching rotation and improve around the diamond this offseason, 2014 should not disappoint in the heart of Kansas City.
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