The Royals have decisions to make.
This isn’t a surprise, of course. They’ve long known about these looming decisions concerning a crop of talented players they’ll try to extend, let walk as free agents or trade away to restock a farm system that ranks in the bottom third in baseball, in terms of talent.
Truth is, if the Royals wanted to truly maximize the trade value of these players, they should have moved some of them last year. But it’s understandable that GM Dayton Moore was hesitant to do so; the Royals made it to Game 7 of the 2014 World Series and won the 2015 World Series, and the pressure was on to make at least one more run with that core group in 2016.
Siri took exception to the play and charged Pinero afterwards, shoving him in the back and appeared to take a few swings. The umpire stepped in between them, but the aggression spread out to both teams and the benches cleared.
During the chaos, West Michigan relief pitcher Eduardo Jimenez could be clearly seen throwing a ball at Dayton reliever Jesse Stallings. This was perhaps the most violent act during the whole situation, but the umpires must have not seen it as Jimenez was not ejected from the game. He could be looking at a suspension in the near future, though.