Royals non-tender Terrance Gore, avoid arbitration with Mike Morin

The Royals non-tendered outfielder Terrance Gore on Friday, making him a free agent.
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With MLB’s non-tender deadline coming on Friday night, the Kansas City Royals avoided arbitration with a potential member of their 2018 bullpen while parting ways with a player who contributed as they reached back-to-back World Series in 2014-15.

The Royals announced on Friday afternoon that they have signed right-handed pitcher Mike Morin to a one-year contract, avoiding arbitration. Per club policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed. They also announced that they will not tender a major league contract to outfielder Terrance Gore, making him a free agent.

The 26-year-old Morin, a product of Shawnee Mission South High School in Overland Park, Kansas, made six appearances for the Royals in 2017, posting a 7.94 ERA after being selected off waivers from the Los Angeles Angels on September 12.

Gore, 26, played in 12 games with the Royals this past season, collecting a pair of stolen bases in four attempts. He has 21 career steals in 49 major league games. Gore appeared in eight postseason games as a pinch runner in 2014-15 and stole four bases, winning a World Series ring with the Royals in 2015.

After today’s moves, the Royals have 37 players on their 40-man roster.