Royals offer Gordon qualifying offer, pick up Davis/Escobar options

On Thursday, the KC Royals were busy once again, announcing that they have exercised the club options for both closer Wade Davis and American League Championship Series MVP Alcides Escobar. According to MLB Trade Rumors, Davis’ option is worth $8 million, while Esky’s is worth $5.25 million.

Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar at the plate in Cleveland on July 5, 2014 (Jen Nevius).

Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar at the plate in Cleveland on July 5, 2014 (Jen Nevius).

The Royals did not pick up the option on veteran Jonny Gomes, thus making him a free agent.

They also added lefties Tim Collins, Jason Vargas, and Brian Flynn back onto the 40-man roster from the 60-day DL. Those additions now give the Royals a 34-man roster.

The Royals also extended the $15.8 million qualifying offer to left fielder Alex Gordon. No player since the qualifying offers have begun has accepted the offer. So, it is a contingency plan for the team if Gordon signs elsewhere. The Royals would get Gordon’s new team’s first round pick in the 2016 draft (as long as it is not in the first ten picks).

The team is also expected to non-tender Greg Holland this offseason, though they would like to bring him back on a cheaper multi-year deal.

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About Jen Nevius

I first became a KC Royals fan way back in 1995 when I attended my first Wilmington Blue Rocks game. I fell in love with minor league baseball then and began following the Royals as former Blue Rocks clawed their way to the big leagues. 3+ years ago I started covering the Royals for Aerys Sports, but since the site has been shut down, I am going out on my own.
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