The Royals are in agreement on a deal to re-sign free agent shortstop Alcides Escobar, tweets Robert Murray of FanRag Sports. The Legacy Agency client still has to pass a physical before the deal is official. FanRag’s Jon Heyman had previously reported that the two sides were in talks. Escobar, 31, has been among the game’s most durable players over the life of his previous seven-year tenure, appearing in 1105 of the team’s 1134 games in that stretch — including consecutive 162-game seasons in 2016-17 (and a third such effort in 2014). While Escobar has managed just a .262/.293/.348 slash line in his seven seasons with the Royals, he comes with an excellent defensive reputation and ranks sixth among Major League shortstops in Ultimate Zone Rating (+18.5) over the past seven seasons.
Royals To Re-Sign Alcides Escobar
MLB Trade Rumors | Jan 26