NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The World Series champion Royals left the Winter Meetings on Thursday morning having checked off roughly half of their wish list.
The Royals signed right-hander Chris Young to a two-year deal and agreed to terms with right-handed reliever Joakim Soria. They are still in need of a corner outfielder and another starting pitcher, as well as possibly more bullpen help.
"We've done a lot of background work and in depth analysis on free agents and in possible future deals, whether they happen before Spring Training or during the Trade Deadline. We'll keep rolling, keep going. We're going to have to make adjustments to our roster if we're going to be able to compete and get back to the World Series."
The Royals will continue to monitor the Alex Gordon situation -- Gordon is a free agent, and the Royals still cling to some hope they can retain him.
The Royals have been linked to free-agent left-hander Scott Kazmir and free-agent outfielder Gerardo Parra, but Moore indicated no deals for any free agents appear imminent. The Royals also are active in potential trade discussions -- one possible fit could be Reds right fielder Jay Bruce, who is in the final year of his contract and whom the Reds appear to be shopping.
Bruce, a strong defender with some power, would be a potential one-year stop-gap as the Royals wait for prospects Bubba Starling and Brett Eibner to perhaps seize a starting job in 2017.
The signing of Young was expected -- he landed a two-year deal worth $11.5 million with a mutual option in 2018.
Moore loves high-character players such as Young, and Moore labeled him possibly the MVP of the staff last season.
Soria agreed to a three-year, $25 million deal, pending a physical, which could be completed by Friday. Soria started his big league career with the Royals and registered 160 saves. He is expected to join Kelvin Herrera and Luke Hochevar in the rotation of setup relievers to closer Wade Davis.
The Royals didn't select anyone in the Rule 5 Draft, and they lost left-hander Daniel Stumpf to the Phillies. Stumpf was a ninth-round pick in 2012.
The Royals also lost catchers Santiago Nessy and Micah Gibbs in the Minor League phase.