Royals pick up 2017 options for Wade Davis and Alcides Escobar

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Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Royals exercised 2017 club options for reliever Wade Davis ($10 million) and shortstop Alcides Escobar ($6.5 million).

Davis, 31, put up a sterling 1.87 ERA, bu tlogged only 43 1/3 innings with a 47/16 K/BB ratio as he missed time with a forearm injury. Just because the Royals exercised their option doesn’t mean they necessarily plan to keep him around. There’s a possibility the club could trade him this offseason and move Kelvin Herrera into the closer’s role.

Escobar, 29, hit a meager .261/.292/.350 with 17 stolen bases and 57 runs scored while playing in all 162 games. The Royals don’t have a better in-house option at shortstop at the moment, so Escobar will continue to get regular at-bats next season. But he’s a free agent after the 2017 campaign along with a handful of his teammates, which is when we could see the Royals make a change.