Life at the bottom/top of the money heap
It would appear that the Royals are interested in any free agent outfielder not named Guerrero or Sheffield.
Updated: November 25, 2003, 10:49 AM ETBy Jim Baker | MLB Insider
After losing Raul Ibanez to the Mariners and not being especially keen on keeping Michael Tucker around, K.C. is looking to fill its outfield gap via the free agent route. It would appear that the Royals are interested in any free agent outfielder not named Guerrero or Sheffield. Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star throws out a bunch of names that rumor has the Royals either contacting or interested in contacting. They include: Reggie Sanders, Juan Gonzalez, Matt Stairs, Robert Fick, Raul Mondesi, Rondell White and Brian Jordan.
Age (all but Fick have turned 30 and he will do so in
Injuries (Jordan and Gonzalez were especially prone
Inconsistency (Sanders is famously up and down,
Mondesi is always a wildcard, White can be competent
or not so)
Inflated self-worth (it's probably dawning on
Gonzalez that the eight-figure days are behind him,
Jordan's contract was never in line with his
production and he will need to adjust his thinking far
downward from its 2003 perch of $9.6 million)
These are all second-line numbers who carry with them significant risk owing to a variety of factors including:
Adding Juan Gonzalez would be a risky move for any team.
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