Opinion

How the Royals assembled their opening-day roster

Kansas City Royals general manager Dayton Moore (left) watched a spring-training workout with assistant general manager Rene Francisco (center) and manager Ned Yost in February.
Kansas City Royals general manager Dayton Moore (left) watched a spring-training workout with assistant general manager Rene Francisco (center) and manager Ned Yost in February. The Kansas City Star

It is always curious to analyze not just the construction of a roster, but how that roster was constructed. A brief analysis of Kansas City’s opening-day roster reveals the organization’s successes at all four methods of talent acquisition.

Here is how the roster breaks down:

Players acquired via draft: Seven.

International free agent: Three.

Free agent: Ten.

Trade: Five

The majority of the pitching staff is made up of free agents. Two of those, Ryan Madson and Franklin Morales, signed minor-league deals before this spring. The club shelled out for mid-level deals with starters Edinson Volquez, Jeremy Guthrie and Jason Vargas.

The draft netted cornerstones like Alex Gordon and Eric Hosmer, plus pitchers like Greg Holland and Danny Duffy. All three amateurs signed by the Royals show the skill of assistant general manager Rene Francisco: Salvador Perez is an All-Star, Yordano Ventura just inked a $23 million contract and Kelvin Herrera looks like a future closer.

And a trio of critical contributors arrived in trades. Lorenzo Cain and Alcides Escobar came in exchange for former Cy Young winner Zack Greinke. James Shields has departed the organization, but relief ace Wade Davis still remains.

Take a look at a full breakdown of the roster.

One aside, an asterisk denotes when a player was first acquired by trade, then subsequently remained with the club as a free agent.

PITCHERS

1. Wade Davis (trade)

2. Danny Duffy (draft)

3. Jason Frasor* (free agent)

4. Jeremy Guthrie* (free agent)

5. Kelvin Herrera (international free agent)

6. Greg Holland (draft)

7. Ryan Madson (free agent)

8. Franklin Morales (free agent)

9. Jason Vargas (free agent)

10. Yordano Ventura (international free agent)

11. Edinson Volquez (free agent)

12. Chris Young (free agent)

CATCHERS

1. Erik Kratz (trade)

2. Salvador Perez (international free agent)

INFIELDERS

1. Christian Colon (draft)

2. Alcides Escobar (trade)

3. Eric Hosmer (draft)

4. Omar Infante (free agent)

5. Kendrys Morales (free agent)

6. Mike Moustakas (draft)

OUTFIELDERS

1. Lorenzo Cain (trade)

2. Jarrod Dyson (draft)

3. Alex Gordon (draft)

4. Paulo Orlando (trade)

5. Alex Rios (free agent)

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To reach Andy McCullough, call 816-234-4730 or send email to rmccullough@kcstar.com. Follow him on Twitter @McCulloughStar. Download True Blue, The Star’s free Royals app, here.

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