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  • StL Right Fielder #27
    We’re going on nearly two years now of the Cardinals trying to unload the dynamic 28-year-old outfielder, with no success thus far. The Cards still have a major logjam in their outfield though, and O’Neill is set to hit the free agent market following the 2024 season, so it does feel like there’s urgency to get something done this time. He hit just .231/.312/.403 with nine homers, 21 RBI and five stolen bases over 266 plate appearances during a disappointing and injury-plagued 2023 campaign.
  • KC Relief Pitcher #66
    Long emerged as a solid bullpen option for the Giants back in 2022, posting a 3.61 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, and 33/14 K/BB ratio across 42 1/3 innings which included six starts and 22 relief appearances. He was unable to keep that momentum going last year in Oakland, registering a 5.60 ERA, 1.56 WHIP, and 32/21 K/BB ratio in 45 innings. Just 28 years old, Long had enjoyed success in the Giants minor league system, so he will be hoping to recapture some of that in another fresh start.
  • KC Relief Pitcher #71
    It’s a bit surprising that Duffey wasn’t able to find a major league contract this offseason. The 32-year-old only pitched two MLB innings this past season and posted a 4.91 ERA with the Twins in 44 innings in 2022; however, he had previously had three strong years as a key cog in the Twins’ bullpen, posting an ERA of 3.18 or better in each season. In 2023, he posted a 3.77 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, and 53/23 K/BB ratio across 45 1/3 innings with Triple-A Iowa, so there’s a decent chance that he can make the Royals bullpen with a good showing in spring training.
  • KC Third Baseman #10
    Brosseau began the 2023 season with the Brewers, hitting .205/.256/.397 in 78 plate appearances before being sent to the minors and then designated for assignment. He then finished the season with the Chiba Lotte Marines in the Korean Baseball Organization. At 29-years-old, Brosseau will now get another shot with the Royals after hitting .242/.313/.428 with 26 homers and seven steals across 241 MLB games since 2019. Brosseau has been particularly adept against lefties in his career, slashing .265/.326/.464 with a .199 ISO in 347 career at-bats, so perhaps his best path to being on the MLB roster again will be as a platoon bat against lefties.
  • KC Center Fielder #98
    Gray, a 2018 second-round pick, got some buzz while hitting .252/.355/.499 with 20 homers and 23 steals in A-ball in 2021, but he’s regressed since, and he’ll enter next year as a 24-year-old with just 10 Double-A games under his belt. He came in at .232/.288/.353 with a 121/28 K/BB ratio in 479 plate appearances last season.
  • KC Starting Pitcher #59
    The top two selections were both swiped from the Yankees’ system. Sauer, a 2017 second-round pick, has been rather slow to develop and probably doesn’t have the command to be helpful as a starter right now. He might, however, prove to be pretty good out of the pen in time. The soon-to-be 25-year-old had a 3.41 ERA and a 93/34 K/BB ratio in 74 innings as a starter last season, most of them coming in Double-A. He had a 5.91 ERA and 18 strikeouts in 10 2/3 innings as a reliever in the Arizona Fall League.
  • Hou Relief Pitcher #65
    The Astros will try to get Coleman turned around after he lost two mph off his fastball and posted an 8.84 ERA in 18 1/3 innings for the Royals last season. The 27-year-old was far better in 2022, posting a 2.78 ERA in 68 innings then. Still, he’s always been very wild, having walked 14% of the batters he’s faced as a major leaguer. He has options remaining, so he could open 2024 in Triple-A. Mateo, 19, pitched 8 2/3 innings and allowed five runs in Rookie ball last season. Perhaps he’ll turn into something, but the Royals made this deal mostly to clear a spot on the 40-man.
  • KC Relief Pitcher #65
    Coleman has always been awfully wild, but he also lost some stuff last year, too, which is why he spent the bulk of the season in the minors. He was very good for the Royals in 2022, finishing with a 2.78 ERA and a 71/37 K/BB ratio in 68 innings. The Astros might have some luck getting him back to contributing out of the pen.
  • KC Relief Pitcher #57
    Altavilla struggled to get over the hump after Tommy John surgery and was released by the Red Sox over the summer, but he’s coming off
    a successful stint in the Dominican Winter League, having allowed just two runs and two hits in nine innings for Licey. The 31-year-old has a 4.03 ERA in 119 major league appearances, all in relief.
  • FA Starting Pitcher #24
    No surprises here with the exception of Kansas City. Morosi adds that the markets for Shohei Ohtani and Yoshinobu Yamamoto could impact Giolito’s destination. The 29-year-old righty posted a pedestrian 4.88 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 204/73 K/BB ratio across 184 1/3 innings (33 starts) this past season between the White Sox, Angels and Guardians.