5 Players the Kansas City Royals Could Sever Ties With Before 2014 Season

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5 Players the Kansas City Royals Could Sever Ties With Before 2014 Season

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The 2013 Major League Baseball season was an exciting one for the Kansas City Royals and their fans. The club went out and spent some money and prospects trading for free agents to try and put a winner on the field and it worked. They were over .500 and now the only question remaining is what the historically low payroll Royals can do to keep the baseball rolling in a winning direction. Quite a few moves should be in order.

At least we know that they are not unwilling to make a move. That much is proven by the guy that would be the easiest to put on this list. If Jeff Francoeur had not been let go during the season he surely would be one to release now. That does prove that they are willing to make moves as did the pickup of Emilio Bonifacio at the end of the season. Some questions are circling around the pitching staff but there are some issues with their offense as well.

Team GM suggests that he wants to go out and improve his offense and that would be a great idea. The only issue then is who does the team need to let go? Some would say that Ervin Santana is someone they could cut ties with but I disagree. They won’t fold their tents if they don’t get him back but they most certainly should at least try to do so. Here are the five that I think they can do without.

David Miller is a Senior Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @davidmillerrant, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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5 – Chris Getz

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Getz was basically replaced by Bonifacio at the end of the season anyway so they just need to complete the job by shipping him off somewhere else. The entire middle infield looks ready for a facelift for the Royals and it should center around Bonifacio. More on that next slide.

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4 – Alcides Escobar

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Escobar doesn’t get the biggest paycheck in the majors but he just isn’t doing that much. He scored under sixty runs over the entire season while Bonifacio scored enough to be on a pace for 80+ in his short time there. Bonifacio can play short but even if they keep him at the more natural second base, prospect Orlando Calixte might be about ready for a chance at the big time this season. 2014 is his expected arrival season anyway and Adalberto Mondesi, son of Raul Mondesi, is on his way in a few years and looking good so far. They just need to put a bandaid on short for now and Calixte could at least do that and possibly emerge as more than what they even thought he was worth. Either way it opens a clear doorway for Escobar’s exit.

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3 – Jamey Carroll

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Along with the middle infield overhaul that could be very good for the Royals comes the exit of Carroll. He is just someone that they can quite easily replace as far as what stats he brings to the table. The roles he can play are impressive but many utility men including the departed Elliot Johnson, a cheap free agent himself, can do the same thing.

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2 – Wade Davis

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The potential for Davis is out of this world as he looked every bit as good as his former Tampa Bay Rays counterpart before coming to the Rays. His performance for the Royals was just not that great however. It was poor enough that even a top prospect could possibly be better. Add to that the idea that if they could get someone to take the last guaranteed year of Davis’ contract that also carries a few years of team options, they would free up more money to try and go after Santana.

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1 – Billy Butler

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Don’t look at me like that. Check the stats sheet. Butler’s full season was worth only 15 home runs this season and there is now little reason to believe he will achieve his career year stats again. For sure the chance that he will get there again is not worth the $8MM dollars he will make this season to find out. Talk about money to go after Santana and other free agents; even picking up a little of Butler’s salary would allow for help with that.

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