Reports: Royals 'pursuing' Kazmir, 'close' to re-signing Young
The Kansas City Royals have apparently accelerated their search for starting rotation depth, according to recent reports.
On Sunday, the club was linked to two veterans that were both named as potential free agent fits heading into 2016: lefty Scott Kazmir and right-hander Chris Young.
ESPN's Buster Olney passed along news of the Royals' interest in Kazmir, who spent 2014 with the Oakland Athletics and Houston Astros:
While Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported that the Royals are 'close' to re-signing Young to a two-year deal worth somewhere around $10 million-$11 million:
Earlier this week, K.C. was said to have been in 'encouraging' talks with Young about a potential reunion.
#Royals are close to reunion with RHP Chris Young on 2-yr deal. Believed in $10-$11M range. Expected done by end of Meetings— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) December 6, 2015
Ahead of the Winter Meetings, GM Dayton Moore did stress that he wasn't necessarily looking to fill the Royals' gaps immediately...but now the team appears to be hard at work to fill two rotation spots for next season, making up for the expected departures of free agents Jeremy Guthrie and Johnny Cueto.