The Royals have designated outfielder Terrance Gore for assignment, tweets Alec Lewis of The Athletic. His roster spot will go to fellow outfielder Bubba Starling, whose promotion to the Major Leagues was announced by the Royals yesterday.
Gore, 28, was the surprise recipient of a big league contract with Kansas City this offseason, as the Royals built a roster teeming with speed and stolen base capabilities. Gore performed as well as could have been expected in an extremely limited role. One of baseball’s fastest players, Gore appeared in 37 games but tallied just 57 plate appearances. He turned in a solid .275/.362/.353 line in that brief set of work but provided most of his value as a pinch runner and defensive replacement; Gore went 13-for-18 in stolen base attempts and played 132 innings in the outfield with solid defensive marks.
However, carrying both Gore and Billy Hamilton in limited roles was likely deemed redundant by the front office. With Starling likely ticketed for regular playing time, that arrangement would’ve been the only way to keep Gore on the roster. He’ll fall victim to the DFA hammer, then, with Kansas City opting to keep Hamilton despite the fact that he hasn’t produced whatsoever at the plate (.217/.284/.271 in 267 plate appearances). Veteran first baseman Lucas Duda, too, appeared a potential risk for losing his roster spot but will outlast Gore and stick around for the time being.