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November 21, 2017

The end of an era has arrived. Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Lorenzo Cain, and Alcides Escobar are all free agents, and it’s tough to imagine more than one of them returning to KC.

This could prove to be a feature, not a bug. Cain is entering his age-32 season, Hosmer wasn’t all that good (and vastly overrated) until his sudden 2017 outburst, Moustakas makes far too many outs at bat and not enough in the field, thus limiting the value of his substantial power, and Escobar was one of the worst hitters in the league last season. The Royals forged their successful run on the backs of younger, far less expensive players in their prime. Letting this foursome leave for greener pastures would allow KC to focus on developing a new crop of potential championship players.

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