As the Royals face the prospect of losing several of their core players to free agency this offseason, there's one spot they won't need to replace: Their manager.

Royals manager Ned Yost, who has one year left on his contract after 2017, said he definitely plans on returning for '18.

"I'm under contract for next year," Yost said. "... I'm not walking away."

The Royals face the possibility of losing some of their biggest names -- Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Lorenzo Cain and Jason Vargas, etc. -- but the notion of at least doing a slight rebuild isn't discouraging, Yost said. Yost did rebuilds with the Brewers and with the Royals years ago.

"For me, I love this organization," Yost said. "And it's going to be easier for me to transition some of these younger players than anyone else.

"Am I going to see this thing through? No. But I want to get a firm footing and firm foundation on the ground so someone else ... in two years, whatever it is ...[can step in] and get back to where we feel we can compete again. Then, boom. It'll just be easier for me to transition the young guys."

Developing younger players, as Yost did with Alcides Escobar, Cain, Moustakas and Hosmer -- takes a special degree of patience as a manager. It also requires a manager able to handle being second-guessed repeatedly.