Jorge Soler gets a new deal.
Today slugger Jorge Soler signed a 1-year 7.3 million to avoid arbitration. This deal also includes a $50K bonus for the All-Star game and a $100K bonus for a Hank Aaron award. Soler was originally going to get $4 million this season so he definitely got a deserved pay raise. The arbitration process is no fun for either the team nor the player so it is good that both sides were able to come to an agreement. Obviously you would’ve liked to see an extension but as Dayton Moore said to MLB.com it is still not out of the picture. Soler crushed the previous Royals record for home runs in a season last season and this led to a pay raise. I still think this great value for Soler seeing what other players were getting paid.
Soler crushed the previous Royals record for home runs in a season last season and this led to a pay raise. He hit .265/.354/.922 with 48 home runs and showed the ability to draw walks at a consistent rate. I still think this great value for Soler seeing what other players were getting paid. Soler will be the opening day DH and with another good season he could get paid a massive contract so I believe we need to sign him to an extension soon but obviously I don’t run the team. I think Soler can still improve while it may be hit 48 dingers again I think he could improve his average continue to contribute.
Alex Gordon Returning?
According to Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com, “the Royals are hoping to finalize a deal with Alex Gordon prior to FanFest. Wow, this is the news we’ve been waiting for a while now. The 7-time gold glover will likely return for his final season. Gordo hit .266/.345/.741 last season which was an improvement on his previous 3 seasons. He also still plays elite defense even though he 35 years old winning another gold glove. This obviously slots him as the everyday left fielder though he may not play as much as previous years.
This raises a big question of what is going to happen to Bubba Starling and Brett Phillips? Neither player has any more options and neither has had much success. While the Royals may carry 5 outfielders to start the season it causes other questions. For example, what happens when Nick Heath or Khalil Lee are ready are we going to let a 36-year-old outfielder block them or will Gordo get sent to the bench in his final season. It will definitely be interesting to see what happens next season
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