Before MLB lockout began, the Royals addressed the need for veteran bullpen arms heading into the offseason. The Royals’ offseason began slowly in the free agent market, however, the team did sign Michael A Taylor to a two year contract extension. Kansas City began their quest to improve the bullpen by signing right hander Taylor Clarke to a major league contract. Although the Arodys Vizcaino signing is a minor league agreement, that doesn’t mean this couldn’t be a big signing for the Royals. Vizcaino was a dominant part of the Braves bullpen from 2015 to 2018. The 31-year old struggled to stay healthy with the Braves and the Mets in 2019, and again with the Braves in 2021. In an article from lastwordonsports.com in 2019, Aaron Cornett said that Vizcaino was a “Tough Blow for the Pen ” and “one of the Braves top late inning arms.” The righthander has a three pitch mix that includes a fastball that can hit 95 on the radar gun. Vizcaino’s two other pitches include a slider and a sinker. The righthander primarily relies on his slider and sinker to put hitters away. The Royals are hoping Vizcaino and Clarke can fill the holes in a bullpen that has failed to find reliable arms the past few seasons. Despite Vizcaino’s injury history, I believe if he can stay healthy throughout the season, the Royals will be able to depend on their bullpen in high stress situations throughout the season with the additions of Clarke and Vizcaino.
The Royals had been quiet for the most part this offseason; but General Manager J.J. Picollo and Dayton Moore have said the past few months that the team will be on the lookout for bullpen arms, and they believe they found one in right-hander Taylor ... Read more