Although the Royals did lose Ben Zobrist, who was a major part of their championship run, to the Chicago Cubs for four years and $56 million, the team was able to retain their first priority free agent, homegrown left fielder Alex Gordon. Gordon had elected free agency earlier in the offseason, and the early rumors were that the Royals weren’t willing to hand Gordon the money he felt he deserved.
However, as the winter months wore on and Gordon remained unsigned talk began to pick up that the Royals could indeed have a chance at bringing back their beloved star. Bring him back they did, as the Royals handed the left fielder the largest contract in team history with a four-year, $72 million contract. While Gordon is 32 years old now, he is still a productive player, as he was an All-Star last year for the third consecutive year and slashed a nice .271/.377/.432, while hitting 13 home runs in 104 games. Right field is still open, but the Royals could put Paulo Orlando there, as he did an adequate job in limited action slashing .249/.269/.444, or they could still bring back Rios on another one-year deal. The speedy Jarrod Dyson will of course be an option too, as he provides elite speed and defense despite having limited talents at the plate.
The bigger problem for Kansas City is second base, as the Royals will be forced to plug Omar Infante back in if they do not make another move. Clint Barmes, Dan Uggla, and Ian Desmond are still on the market and could be low-risk options on one-year deals.