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Royals Pick Up Options on Wade Davis and Alcedis Escobar

Oct 15, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Wade Davis throws a pitch against the Baltimore Orioles during the 8th inning in game four of the 2014 ALCS playoff baseball game at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

The Kansas City Royals were the World Series champions a year ago. The 2016 campaign was a bit of a disappointment as an endless stream of injuries kept them from contending. As an attempt to make a run for the playoffs again, the Royals have brought back some key pieces for the 2017season. Kansas City has picked up the options of shortstop Alcides Escobar and closer Wade Davis.

Davis stepped in as the closer when Greg Holland was forced to miss the entire season due to Tommy John surgery. Next season Davis is expected to return to that role, that is if he isn’t traded. Davis has come up in trade talks with multiple teams, and word is the Royals want controllable starting pitchers in return for the dominant righty. In 43.1 innings last season, Davis had a 1.87 ERA and 27 saves. In his career, Davis is 55-37 with 47 saves and 3.53 ERA in 776.2 innings.

Escobar was the Royals leadoff hitter for the majority of the season but struggled to really get going at the plate. In a full 162 games, Escobar hit .261 with 7 HR’s, 55 RBI’s, and 17 SB’s. Escobar, who is more known for his defense, struggled defensively as well. He was ranked 18th amongst AL shortstops with a -3 defensive runs saved mark.

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