3 Royals Who Won't Be on the Roster at the Start of the 2023 Season
The 2022 MLB season has been yet another write-off for the Kansas City Royals. A 48-71 record through 119 games leaves their playoff hopes non-existent, putting the club on pace for their sixth consecutive sub-.500 campaign.
General manager J.J. Picollo has a lot of decisions to make this offseason. If he wants his team to become a World Series contender again, he must trim the fat in the winter, meaning certain players are likely experiencing their last month and a half in a Royals jersey.
Here are three Royals who won't be on the roster at the start of the 2023 MLB season.
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1. Zack Greinke, SP
Zack Greinke was one of the top names that fans thought the Royals might move at the trade deadline, but they decided to keep him. Nevertheless, the 38-year-old starting pitcher is a free agent this winter and could leave to pursue a World Series ring before retirement. He's good enough to be a back-end contributor in a contender's rotation, proving that he has something left in the tank with his 4.13 ERA through 20 starts. With the Royals also likely trying to get younger, there may not be a place for Greinke either. Parting both ways would work best for both sides.
2. Josh Staumont, RP
A former 2015 second-round pick, Josh Staumont hasn't developed the way that the Royals planned. The right-handed reliever's 5.60 ERA through 40 appearances is, by far, the worst of his career, as is his 1.613 WHIP. Though he's under team control until the end of 2025, he's 28 years old and may not get any better than he is. If the Royals don't part ways with him this offseason, it might be a good idea to start Staumont the 2023 season in the minors, hoping that he finds his groove again.
3. Adalberto Mondesi, SS
Shortstop Adalberto Mondesi's seventh season with the Royals just may end up being his worst. The oft-injured infielder hasn't played a game since April and when he was "healthy," he only batted .140 with three RBIs and 20 strikeouts through 50 at-bats. Considering how Mondesi has only played 109 games over the last three seasons, he may not have much of an MLB future left. Yes, the switch-hitter is still under contract in 2023, but it wouldn't be surprising if the Royals gave up on him at this point in his career.
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