The Royals are no longer the team they were when they won the World Series in 2015, and they know that. Kansas City will likely gauge interest for some of their remaining trade chips and will take fill out their team with some low risk one year signings.
Current State: Rebuilding
Royals Sign CF Billy Hamilton
After being released by the Reds, Billy Hamilton has signed a one year, $5 million deal with the Royals. The 28-year-old is a very exciting player due to his stellar speed and defense. He’s had above 50 stolen bases and had eight or above defensive runs saved in four of his five seasons. Unfortunately, there’s not much he offers besides it. Hamilton has had an OPS under .650 in every season, and he’s had an on base percentage over .300 just once. His two strengths are also declining, as his defensive runs saved regressed to just 4 and he stole just 34 bases, both career lows. He’s a limited player who is an offensive ability and on the decline, so the rebuilding Royals cannot expect to flip him during the season for anything of value.
Royals Sign UTIL Chris Owings
The Royals have signed utility infielder Chris Owings to a one year, $3 million contract. Owings, 27, had an extremely poor season statistically. He had a negative 0.2 WAR and a .571 OPS, and set career lows in several other stats. That’s a heavy regression from his .268/.299/.442 slash line, but that regression can be expected to last. Owings has constantly had a significantly higher batting average than his expected batting average, so his luck may finally have run out this past season. Either way, Owings has never had an on base percentage over .315 nor is he a power threat, so he’s an extremely limited offensive threat. Still, his ability to play several different positions is extremely valuable. Owings has experience at every outfield position and every infield position besides first base, and is a exceptional defender everywhere besides shortstop. He’s a useful asset for a rebuilding team with a lot of moving parts, as he can fill in anywhere. There were definitely better utility options out there, but Owings definitely came at the cheapest price.
*Will Be Updated With Every Move The Royals Make