The Kansas City Royals made some waves this morning by trading for RHPs Brad Kelly and Burch Smith just after they were selected in the Rule 5 Draft. Now they’ve signed minor league free agent Mike Broadway to a minor league contract with an invite to big league Spring Training.
Mike Broadway has been a bit of a journeyman throughout his baseball career. Broadway has appeared in the big leagues before with the San Francisco Giants, and also in the Japanese League with the Yokohama DeNA BayStars, according to Jerry Crasnick.
The signing probably doesn’t mean much, in terms of value. Broadway figures to be just another guy competing for a spot in the big league bullpen when Spring Training rolls around, though he did strike out 37 batters in 32.1 IP at AAA last year.
The curious part of this signing is what it may mean for guys already on the big league roster. Not that the Royals have a ton of elite bullpen arms, but they just have a lot of bullpen arms. Something has to give, and I’d be willing to bet that the Royals are getting close to shipping off one of their big league relievers, whether that be Joakim Soria, Scott Alexander, Kelvin Herrera, or someone without the big name, who knows. One way or the other, the Royals are certainly stockpiling arms at the moment, and we’ll see soon enough if there isn’t an underlying reason for all of this.