The Royals turned again the clock Tuesday, saying that they’ve agreed to phrases with veteran shortstop Alcides Escobar on a minor league deal. Escobar, the Royals’ on a regular basis shortstop for his or her 2014-15 World Sequence groups, will head to Triple-A Omaha to start the season.
Now 34 years outdated, Escobar was one of many key items Kansas Metropolis acquired within the 2010 commerce that despatched Zack Greinke to Milwaukee. Coming over alongside Lorenzo Cain, Jake Odorizzi and Jeremy Jeffress, Escobar rapidly established himself as a foundational piece for the Royals. He was by no means an enormous contributor on the plate, however at his greatest he hit for a decent common whereas racking up 30-plus steals per yr and flashing Gold Glove-caliber leather-based.
Escobar has appeared in elements of eight seasons with the Royals up to now, batting a mixed .259/.292/.344 in simply over 5000 plate appearances. He spent the 2020 season with the Yakult Swallows of Japan’s Nippon Skilled Baseball, hitting .273/.312/.329 by 104 video games.
Escobar is readily available as a depth piece proper now, however with Adalberto Mondesi nonetheless sidelined and being no stranger to extended stints on the injured listing, it is smart to usher in some veteran depth. The Royals have already gotten a notable portion of the 2014-15 band again collectively, as they at the moment have Wade Davis, Greg Holland and Jarrod Dyson on the MLB roster alongside franchise cornerstones Salvador Perez and Danny Duffy.
Nicky Lopez has been dealing with shortstop work in Mondesi’s absence and has carried out properly within the early phases of the season, however he has a restricted observe report on the plat. If his bat steps again or if the Royals incur additional accidents within the center infield, it’s doable that Escobar will probably be introduced again into the fold and given one other reunion tour in entrance of the Kansas Metropolis devoted.