Man, the Kansas City Royals current situation would look a lot different if things went their way back in 2014 during the international signing period.
Ronald Acuña Jr. is already looking impressive in just two big league games, and he could be doing it in a Royals uniform if the Atlanta Braves didn't swoop in and steal the man away with a bigger offer.
Ronald Acuña told me in spring training he was really close to signing with the Kansas City Royals as a 16-year-old. Alcides Escobar is his cousin and had encouraged it.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) April 26, 2018
Then on July 2, Acuña said, the Braves called and offered more money. They signed him that day for $100,000.
When the signing period began on July 2, 2014, Acuna was ready to sign with Kansas City after his cousin, Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar, sold him on signing with the organization. But then the Braves came in with a bigger offer ($100,000 smackers) and now he's the best prospect in the game, sporting a tomahawk on his attire.
Ronald Acuña isn’t necessarily the one that got away. He’s more like the gift that almost landed with the Royals. How Alcides Escobar once arranged for his cousin to work out at Royals spring training in 2014: https://t.co/5cHjBsWgAB— Rustin Dodd (@rustindodd) April 26, 2018
Whether it be in the draft or international signings, every team has missed out on a future star. But they all aren't the next Mike Trout, are they?
For an organization that is flipping their roster over and rebuilding like the Royals, Acuña would've been the perfect franchise pillar moving forward. Now all they can do is watch him from afar and dream about what could've been.