Royals shortstop Adalberto Mondesi will undergo surgery on his left shoulder and will miss five to six months, MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan reports. Mondesi suffered a joint tear on Sunday. He still may be ready for Opening Day next year.
Mondesi, 24, put up a subpar .715 OPS across 443 plate appearances, but used his speed to accrue 20 doubles, 10 triples, and 43 stolen bases (in 50 attempts). Including his above-average defense, Baseball Reference lists him with 2.5 Wins Above Replacement, the third-best total among position players on the Royals. He trailed Whit Merrifield (3.7) and Jorge Soler (3.3).
The Royals won’t be expected to contend next year and Mondesi is still pre-arbitration, so there is no need to rush him back for the start of the season.
Jon Morosi reported on Saturday that the Marlins signed veteran reliever Brandon Kintzler to a one-year contract worth $3.25 million. The deal includes a club option for 2020 worth $4 million with a $250,000 buyout, according to ESPN’s Jesse Rogers.
Kintzler, 35, put up a terrific 2.68 ERA with 48 strikeouts and 13 walks over 57 innings for the Cubs last season. He’s been mostly good in recent years, but relievers in their mid-30’s have had a tough time finding multi-year deals.
The Marlins have a handful of players who could rack up saves this coming season, namely Drew Steckenrider and José Ureña along with Kintzler. The club will likely use spring training to determine an official closer, if they name one at all. The Marlins have also expressed interest in free agent Pedro Strop.