Kansas City Royals News: Sign-Ups for 2023
Spring training is only a month away which means teams across the country are working on putting the final touches on their rosters in preparation for the 2023 season.
The Kansas City Royals are looking to rebound from a 65-97 season that saw them finish at the bottom of the AL Central standings for the first time since 2018 and just the second time since 2010. With young pieces to build around such as shortstop Bobby Witt, right fielder Kyle Isbel, designated hitter Vinnie Pasquantino, and first baseman Nick Pratto, there’s still hope in Kansas City that the Royals could be a competitive team in 2023.
With that Royals, general manager J.J. Picollo has been working hard this offseason to improve the franchise as they move into a new era of Royals baseball after a highly successful one under former general manager Dayton Moore.
Over the past few weeks, the Royals have made several moves including most recently signing one of the bigger names left on the market to strengthen up their bullpen. Excited about the Royals upcoming season? Think they have a good chance to make the playoffs? Take advantage of Kansas’ sportsbooks promo codes!
Royals add Aroldis Chapman
In hopes of tightening up their bullpen, the Kansas City Royals signed 13-year veteran Aroldis Chapman on Thursday to a one-year contract. The Cuban reliever was last seen in September before being left all the New York Yankees postseason roster last fall after missing a mandatory team workout prior to the playoffs.
Last season for the Yankees, Chapman had his fair share of ups-and-downs posting a 4-4 win-loss record along with a 4.46 ERA over 36.1 innings pitched and 43 games. In his limited work, the one-time dominant closer struggled with his command with 28 walks to just 43 strikeouts.
While he’s not the pitcher he once was, the Royals will hope that the signing will help sure up a bullpen that was the fourth worst in Major League Baseball last season with a 4.66 ERA while posting a league-high WHIP of 1.48.
Royals avoid arbitration with all but one arbitration-eligible player
Last weekend, the Royals avoided arbitration with seven of their arbitration-eligible players. The American League Central club signed six pitchers to one-year deals as well as infielder Nicky Lopez. The six pitchers signed were left-handers Amir Garret and Kris Bubic while right-handers Brad Keller, Scott Barlow, Taylor Clarke, and Josh Staumont.
The only player going to arbitration for the Royals is 26-year-old right-handed pitcher Brady Singer. The 6-foot-5 starter pitched in 27 games in 2022 and made 24 starts. In those 27 games, he posted a 10-5 record with 153.1 innings pitched and a 3.23 ERA. For his career, the Florida native is 19-20 with a 4.01 ERA.
The royals add depth with a trio of signings
At this point in the offseason, most teams are simply looking to add to their depth at both the major league and minor league levels. Kansas City did just that last week signing right-handed pitchers Nick Wittgren and Kohl Stewart as well as utility player Matt Beaty to minor-league deals.
Wittgren is entering his age-32 season and is coming off a tough season with the St. Louis Cardinals, posting a 5.90 ERA over 29 games pitched. Despite giving up just one homerun, the seven-year veteran allowed 19 earned runs in 29 innings pitched. For his career, he has a 3.96 ERA over 287 career games.
Stewart, a former top-five draft pick of the Minnesota Twins failed to pitch in 2022 due to injuries and last saw the mound in 2021 for the Chicago Cubs. In that 2021 season, Stewart pitched in four games for the Cubs, making three starts and totaling 13.2 innings pitched. In his three-year career in the Majors, Stewart has pitched in 21 games, pitching his way to a 4.88 ERA over 75.2 innings pitched.