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Terrance Gore signs with Royals

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The speedster helped the Cubs last September.

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The Cubs purchased Terrance Gore from the Royals on August 15, 2018 and he paid dividends once added to the major-league roster. He appeared in 14 games, stole six bases without being caught, and even got his first major-league hit (off Max Scherzer, no less).

Now, he’s returning from whence he came:

I’d have liked to see the Cubs keep Gore, but clearly they weren’t going to offer him a major-league deal. He joins fellow speedster Billy Hamilton on the Royals, and it seems likely that Gore could be a trade target from a contender late next season, even possibly the Cubs again.

Gore wasn’t going to make the Cubs’ 25-man roster out of spring training and so if they had re-signed him, he would have been stashed at Iowa all season. With the Royals rebuilding, they can probably afford to keep Gore around as a backup to Hamilton and other outfielders, and serve as a pinch-runner.

Hope to see you in blue pinstripes again in September 2019, Terrance.