The Kansas City Royals are not content material to only play prefer it’s 2015; now, it seems, they’re dedicated to bringing again gamers from their championship roster. On Tuesday, the Royals announced that they’d signed veteran infielder Alcides Escobar to a minor-league pact that may see him be part of their Triple-A affiliate in the intervening time.
Escobar, 34, has not appeared within the majors since his final run with the Royals led to 2018. He signed minor-league offers with each the Baltimore Orioles and the Chicago White Sox in 2019, however didn’t crack both group’s big-league roster. Escobar spent final 12 months in Japan, the place he hit .273/.312/.329 with one residence run in 402 journeys to the plate with the Yakult Swallows. Coincidentally, Escobar performed alongside one other former Royals teammate with the Swallows, veteran outfielder Nori Aoki.
Ought to Escobar by some means discover his approach onto the big-league roster over the approaching weeks, he would grow to be the sixth member of the 2015 Royals to be current on the 2021 Royals, becoming a member of pitchers Danny Duffy, Wade Davis, and Greg Holland, catcher Salvador Perez, and outfielder Jarrod Dyson. Escobar, the Royals’ on a regular basis shortstop between 2011-2017, was an All-Star within the 2015 season and took residence ALCS MVP honors through the group’s title run.
As famous by Sports Illustrated’s Emma Baccellieri, these Royals additionally share comparable ranks to the 2015 squad in varied offensive classes. Coming into Tuesday, Kansas Metropolis ranks first within the American League in stolen bases, final in residence runs, and sixth in runs scored. The World Sequence champion 2015 Royals, by means of comparability, ranked first, 14th, and sixth in these classes.
After all, if the Royals want a long-term repair on their infield, they’re extra more likely to look to the longer term than to Escobar and the previous. High prospect Bobby Witt Jr., who was within the working to make the big-league group out of spring coaching, will start his minor-league season on Tuesday as a part of the Northwest Arkansas Naturals’ roster. The Naturals are the Royals’ Double-A affiliate.