2. Kansas City Royals
What kind of world are we living in where the Kansas City Royals have been active in free agency? We have truly reached the end times.
The Royals have added two starting pitchers in Seth Lugo and Michael Wacha. They gave Lugo a three-year, $45 million contract, so they feel pretty good about him. They've also added relievers Chris Stratton and Will Smith.
They've also brought in utilityman Garrett Hampson and OF Hunter Renfroe on one-year deals. So they've done a lot this offseason. But I'm also weirdly not moved by what they've done.
Lugo and Wacha are both backend starters. Smith is a fine lefty, and Renfroe is coming off a down year. These are all being added to a roster that lost 106 games in 2023. Call me crazy if I'm not really convinced all these signings are going to make a difference.
So the Royals get props for trying, but ulitmately this is still going to be a bad team in 2024.