By: Jon Van Pelt
All has been pretty quiet on the home front for the Royals this offseason so far, but we are still a little over three months away from the beginning of the 2016 season. That being said, here are some of the key notes to discuss when considering who the Royals will have defending the vast outfield, with Lorenzo Cain and Jarrod Dyson, at Kauffman.
To the shock of many, Alex Gordon has yet to find a home as a free agent and is still floating in the void of free agency. So the question many are asking now is, “Why have the Royals yet to sign him”? Alex Gordon is more than likely the best defensive left fielder in the game. And while his bat isn’t necessarily the greatest out there, it too can be deadly as was seen in game 1 of the World Series this past year. So why is he still on the market? why has no one jumped the gun on him like teams did with the older, Ben Zobrist? to answer plain and simple, no one is sure that they want to risk him being their left fielder.
While Gordon is a terrific defender and a good hitter, he is more importantly injury prone. He not only missed two months of the 2015 season due to a groin injury, but also missed games in the 2014 season due to a wrist injury. Between the 2014 and 2015 seasons, Gordon underwent surgery on his wrist, which may have lead to his shaky start of the 2015 season.
If he can stay healthy, he would be an absolute menace to opposing teams hitting, and a threat to both righty and lefty pitching, however, some teams appear to be hesitant to signing him. Among those still interested are Kansas City, the Chicago White Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals.
So should the Royals just not go after a leftfielder, and just stick to trying to sign a James Shields or Scott Kazmir? They have a group of young outfielders getting ready to rise to the Majors and currently have three utility outfielders as it is. Or should they try to grab Gordon or another good outfielder? Whatever the outcome is, you can bet Dayton Moore probably has an idea and will wait for the right moment as he has done so often over the last few years.