Kansas City Royals
- Kauffman Stadium
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|RP||R||R||6' 0"||205||12/19/1984 (34)|
|RP||R||R||6' 2"||195||11/20/1994 (25)|
|RP||R||R||6' 3"||195||02/10/1993 (26)|
|RP||R||R||6' 3"||200||12/21/1993 (25)|
|RP||R||R||6' 3"||215||02/22/1992 (27)|
|RP||R||R||6' 3"||225||09/13/1991 (28)|
|RP||L||L||6' 5"||215||07/01/1989 (30)|
|RP||L||L||6' 1"||200||05/18/1994 (25)|
|RP||L||L||6' 0"||175||07/07/1995 (24)|
|RP||R||R||6' 3"||170||12/18/1992 (26)|
|RP||R||R||6' 6"||210||04/10/1996 (23)|
|RP||R||L||6' 2"||200||02/10/1990 (29)|
|SP||R||R||6' 5"||230||07/27/1995 (24)|
|SP||L||L||6' 3"||205||12/21/1988 (30)|
|SP||L||L||6' 7"||200||10/26/1992 (27)|
|SP||R||L||6' 3"||200||07/27/1995 (24)|
|SP||R||R||6' 2"||210||05/11/1992 (27)|
|SP||R||R||6' 2"||225||09/16/1992 (27)|
|CF||R||R||6' 4"||215||08/03/1992 (27)|
|RF||L||R||6' 0"||185||05/30/1994 (25)|
|RF||R||R||6' 4"||230||02/25/1992 (27)|
|1B||R||L||6' 3"||220||04/09/1992 (27)|
|1B||L||L||6' 3"||200||07/26/1993 (26)|
|2B||L||R||5' 11"||175||03/13/1995 (24)|
|2B||R||R||6' 0"||195||01/24/1989 (30)|
|3B||R||R||6' 4"||220||08/22/1991 (28)|
|3B||R||R||6' 3"||216||08/28/1994 (25)|
|C||R||R||6' 3"||230||12/06/1992 (27)|
|C||L||R||5' 11"||175||02/15/1997 (22)|
|C||R||R||6' 3"||240||05/10/1990 (29)|
|SS||S||R||6' 1"||190||07/27/1995 (24)|
The Kansas City Royals will decline outfielder Alex Gordon's $23 million option and buy him out for $4 million. He'll become a free agent, but the Royals are hoping to bring him back at a rate that makes sense. The 35-year-old just isn't worth the $23 million these days. He wasn't as bad as expected in 2019, but he also wasn't anything special, hitting .266/.345/.396 with 13 home runs, 76 RBI and five stolen bases in 150 games. There's not much left in Gordon's game and he's not guaranteed to play every day moving forward, with KC or elsewhere. He'll be an unattractive single-universe commodity in 2020.
Kansas City Royals shortstop Adalberto Mondesi (shoulder) underwent successful surgery on Wednesday to repair the labrum in his left shoulder. The 24-year-old aggravated the shoulder injury that caused him to miss six weeks earlier this year when he dove for a ball on Sept. 22. The Royals are hopeful that he'll be ready for Opening Day in 2020. The recovery time for this injury is five to six months. Mondesi could be eased in and held back in spring training. The switch-hitter batted .263/.291/.424 with nine home runs, 58 runs, 62 RBI and 43 stolen bases in 415 at-bats. Injuries are a concern with the young shortstop, but he's worth an early-round pick in fantasy for his ability to contribute across all fantasy categories, especially in stolen bases.
Kansas City Royals pitcher Danny Duffy was nearly flawless on Wednesday against the Athletics, pitching seven scoreless innings and allowing just two hits and a walk while striking out six. Unfortunately for Duffy, the Royals gave him no run support and they eventually lost the game 1-0 in 11 innings. Duffy has had a tremendous month of September, turning in four straight quality starts while maintaining a 1.78 ERA. Due to the Royals' inept offense, he's only managed one win through the month, however. Duffy's next start is a tough one against the Braves on Tuesday, but he's been so good lately that he's worth adding and starting in just about all leagues.
Kansas City Royals pitcher Jorge Lopez put together one of his best starts of the season on Tuesday against the Athletics, but some slip-ups in the seventh inning cost him the victory. After six innings, Lopez had a 1-0 lead and had allowed just two hits. Unfortunately, he went back out for the seventh inning, and it quickly fell apart. Matt Olson hammered a leadoff home run, Lopez hit Mark Canha, and Seth Brown laced a run-scoring double to right-center. Lopez was lifted after that hitter, but the damage was already done, and the Royals would lose 2-1. Lopez has struggled throughout the season in both starting and relieving, but he's on a roll at the moment. This was his first loss in three starts, and he's got 2.08 ERA over the last 17 1/3 innings. Be wary though. His strikeout rate is under six, he's only allowed one home run, and he's rocking a 5.00 xFIP for that same time period.
Kansas City Royals outfielder/first baseman Ryan McBroom smacked a single and scored the team's only run in their loss to the A's on Tuesday, but more importantly, he got a hit for the fifth straight game in which he's started. McBroom is the product of a late-season trade made with the Yankees, and there's some interest around him because he demolished Triple-A this season after struggling for years. According to McBroom, he's always been a late bloomer, and that's why he didn't find his swing until he was 27. Suspiciously, that exactly coincided with when MLB's juiced baseball made its way to Triple-A as well, but for now, he's getting his chance in the bigs. If he can continue to hit well, he could be a product of interest in the spring.