As is the case with most positions, third base is pretty much set for 2021. Hunter Dozier will be the regular third baseman.
Dozier has played three seasons in the major leagues. His only full season was 2019, and that was a terrific year for Dozier. Dozier hit 29 doubles and 26 home runs in 139 games and 523 at-bats. He had an .870 OPS but 148 strikeouts.
At his best, Hunter Dozier appears to be a solid bat in the major leagues. Ideally, he is a six or seven hitter in the lineup. And with the offensive additions the Royals made during the offseason, he might be in that part of the batting order in 2021.
Dozier has been all over the field since arriving in the majors. He played third base initially but has seen time in the outfield and at first base recently. The signing of Carlos Santana this winter let everyone know where Dozier would play in 2021. He would be the regular third baseman.
And recently the Royals finalized a deal that would lock up Dozier for four years with a club option for a fifth year. If the option is exercised, the Royals will have bought out the first two years of free agency for Hunter Dozier.
So is that it? Is Dozier set at third? Is there any chance he could be on the move again? Well, it appears that Dozier will likely hold down third base this season and maybe in 2022 before another move could be made. But with Bobby Witt Jr. in the minor leagues, things could change at any time.
The Royals will be forced to make some tough decisions when Witt is ready to move to the major leagues. Will he take over at shortstop? I think he should, but who knows? The Royals have told him to focus on shortstop, second base, and third base this spring and to not worry about the outfield at this time. But even if Witt eventually arrives in the majors at shortstop, there is no telling what will happen with Adalberto Mondesi. He could be moved to third. Or Witt might take over third.
Regardless of what the Royals decide with Mondesi, Hunter Dozier gives them the flexibility to do whatever they feel is best. Third base should not be a concern for the Royals for the next few years.