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Royals exercise options on Alcides Escobar, Wade Davis; allow Jonny Gomes to become free agent


KANSAS CITY, Missouri — The World Series champion Kansas City Royals have exercised their $8 million option on All-Star closer and a $5.25 million option on All-Star shortstop , while declining a $3 million option on outfielder .

The moves Thursday came one day All-Star outfielder declined his $13.75 million player option and the Royals declined options on outfielder and starting pitcher .

Davis took over as the closer when required Tommy John surgery late in the season. He wound up saving four games in the playoffs, and recorded the final out in the 12th inning of Game 5 against the New York Mets to wrap up the World Series.

Escobar, a Gold Glove finalist, was MVP of the AL Championship Series.

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