Hunter Dozier is an interesting player to examine. He is so typical of what we often see as Royals fans. He’s a former first round pick who didn’t rocket to the major leagues after just 2-3 seasons in the minors and then started hitting immediately at the major league level. No, Dozier is more like a normal player who took time to develop in the minor leagues.
And now, in his age 27 season, he is breaking out at the major league level. So what do the Royals do with him? Unlike many players the Royals currently have I think this is an easy one. Dozier has one more year of team control of his salary before he enters arbitration. Arbitration will take him through 2023 which will be his age 31 season.
This is probably the best case scenario for the Royals. A player who is under control during what is typically the prime seasons for him. There’s no rush to sign him to a contract extension. The Royals should just sit and wait to see what Dozier does the rest of this season and all of next season.
After next season, if he looks like someone they want to keep around, they can sign him for three or more years to have cost certainty during his arbitration years and possibly some free agent years. However, there is no rush to sign or trade Hunter Dozier. He is probably the best case scenario for the Royals. This is one player who Dayton Moore doesn’t have to spend too much time thinking about until after next season