The free agent pool just got larger as 56 additional players became free agents after they were not tendered a contract by Monday evening’s deadline for arbitration-eligible players. You can see a complete list of players non-tendered this week here, but I thought I would highlight some free agents that might help the Royals improve their 103-loss club.
Guillermo Heredia defected from Cuba in 2015, signing with the Mariners, but his bat has never really developed. He was traded to the Rays last season and served as a fourth outfielder. In four seasons, he has hit .240/.317/.342 with 17 home runs in 1,101 plate appearances, but has fared better against left-handers, batting .274/.335/.401. The 28-year old can play centerfield, although he hasn’t played it well, according to the metrics. But he’s a fine fielder on the corners, and could fit as a right-handed platoon bat in right field with Brett Phillips. If he is a late bloomer, a team could control his rights through 2022.
Kevin Pillar fits the Royals’ profile for a centerfielder as a guy that can cover a ton of ground. Since he became a regular in 2015, he has been one of the best defensive outfielders in…