The Royals are one of the smallest markets in MLB. However, they have still signed and acquired some new faces to their club. With mostly focusing on pitching, they signed 3B Maikel Franco from the Philadelphia Phillies. Off the field, the Royals got a new owner as David Glass sold the team to John Sherman for $1 Billion, along with a new manager in Mike Matheny. Now we will look into grading the Kansas City Royals Off-season.
Mike Matheny: Kansas City Royals Manager
On October 31st, the Royals announced Matheny as their 20th manager in franchise history. Matheny was formerly the manager for the St. Louis Cardinals from 2012-2018. During his time in St. Louis, he had over 400 career wins along with two NLCS appearances, along with a World Series appearance against the Boston Red Sox. Matheny during his opening press conference with the Royals said that he has learned from his mistakes he made in St. Louis and he is grateful for the opportunity to be a manager again.
RHP Trevor Rosenthal
Rosenthal was signed by the Kansas City Royals on December 7th to a Minor League contract. He has a career ERA of 3.46 with 452 Ks and was an All-Star in 2015. The Missouri native has played for the Cardinals, Nationals, and most recently with the Detroit Tigers in 2019. Rosenthal looks for a bounce-back season in KC after a rough 2019 where he appeared in 22 games with a 0-1 record with a 13.50 ERA. Trevor is a local to the Kansas City metropolitan area, being close to home may help the 29-year-old right-hander. Therefore, he will also be an on roster invitee to Spring Training.
RHP Stephen Woods
Woods was selected 4th overall in the 2019 Rule 5 draft. Woods is from the Tampa Bay Rays and this will be the third consecutive year they have acquired a pitcher from them in the Rule 5 draft. Joining Burch Smith in 2017 and Sam McWilliams in 2018. The 24-year-old right-hander reached High-A Charlotte in 2019, where he went 9-3 with a 1.88 ERA in 18 games. However, Woods has struggled with walks in his career so it seems he could transition into a solid bullpen pitcher.
RHP Chance Adams
Adams was acquired by the Royals in a trade with the New York Yankees. He was designated for assignment to make room for the Yankees to sign Gerrit Cole. Adams pitched parts of the last two seasons with the Bronx Bombers throwing 33 innings with 27 strikeouts and 15 walks with 10 home runs and allowed an ERA of 8.18. Adams was a reliever in college but pitched primarily as a starter in the minors. According to Jeffery Flanagan of MLB.com, Adams has a legit shot at being in the Royals bullpen in 2020.
3B Maikel Franco
Maikel Franco was signed by the Royals on a one-year contract worth $2.95 million and can earn a $1.05 million in performance bonus. If Franco does well, the Royals have the option of offering him arbitration and bringing him back for 2021. With this signing, Franco will be the Royals everyday third-basemen, moving Hunter Dozier into RF. Franco was with the Phillies from 2014-2019 and had a batting average of .249 hit 102 home runs and 343 RBI’s.
In conclusion, the Royals are looking to have a deeper bullpen that cost them a lot of games in 2019. However, they have still signed and acquired some new faces to their club. With adding Franco to the lineup, they look to have a better and deeper lineup as well with Dozier staying in the lineup and moving to right field and C Salvador Perez coming back. Time will tell how the bullpen holds up with Woods and Adams looking to be on the opening day roster and Rosenthal starting in the minors at this moment. Overall, this is the final grading the Kansas City Royals Off-season
Overall Grade: C