Kansas City Royals Bolster Bullpen With Signing Of World Series-Winning Closer

The Kansas City Royals have made a significant move to bolster their bullpen by finalizing a one-year, $5 million contract with left-handed pitcher Will Smith.

This acquisition is a strategic effort by the Royals to strengthen their relief pitching, especially considering the challenges their bullpen faced last season in closing out games.

The team's expectation is that Smith, with his experience and skill, will effectively address this area of need​​.

Will Smith, 34, is not new to the Royals organization.

He began his MLB career with Kansas City in 2012, marking this signing as a return to his roots.

Over the years, Smith has developed a reputation as a reliable reliever, a quality the Royals are keen to leverage. His signing not only adds depth to their pitching staff but also brings a seasoned perspective to the team's bullpen dynamics​.

In tandem with Smith's signing, the Royals have been active in trade talks for additional pitchers, indicating a focused effort to reinforce their pitching roster for the upcoming season.

Last season, Smith posted a 4.40 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, with 55 strikeouts across 57.1 innings, while also converting 22 saves.

This strategic move underlines the Royals' commitment to improving their bullpen performance and overall competitiveness in the league​. Photo Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports