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Royals will have big shoes to fill for the 2018 season

There will be baseball at Kaufman Stadium in 2018, but the Kansas City Royals of the past six years will not look anything like the new model.

The teams that went to back-to-back World Series in 2014-15 won’t resemble the 2018 squad. After topping the New York Mets in the 2015 World Series, the Royals have played sub-.500 baseball.

Nine – count ’em – Royals have applied for free agency. The list starts with Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas and Lorenzo Cain, all who rejected qualifying offers to test the free agent markets.  The others are Jason Vargas, Alcides Escobar, Mike Minor, Melky Cabrera, Peter Moylan and Trevor Cahill.

Reality is beginning to set in – although the Royals’ front office probably knew all the time – that bringing back any of the big three appears to be miniscule.