Will Smith

RP · Kansas City Royals

Bats R Throws L
Height 6'5" Weight 265
DOB 1989-07-10 Age 34.8
Hometown Newnan, GA
2024 Fantasy Rankings

NFBC ADP (15-team): 19.03, 273rd

Season Projections

THE BAT-$46059.72213085723569233304.451.30

ATC projections by Ariel Cohen. Steamer projections by Steamer Projections Blog. THE BAT projections by Derek Carty. Zeile Consensus projections by FantasyPros.

Fantasy Baseball News Last 90 Days

  • William Smith Pulled From Save Chance On Friday

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    Kansas City Royals left-handed reliever William Smith was brought in for the ninth inning on Friday night with the club holding a 2-1 lead over the visiting Chicago White Sox, but the veteran southpaw was pulled after allowing a hit and walking one in favor of James McArthur, who ended up picking up his first save. Smith did pick up a strikeout and the hold, but it's not a good sign that manager Matt Quatraro gave him the quick hook after he allowed a double and a walk after his strikeout. The 34-year-old wasn't a high-end fantasy baseball closer to begin with, but Smith might already be losing his hold on the closer gig in Kansas City after the first week. Smith already has allowed six earned runs in three innings with a blown save and two losses, so fantasy managers scrounging for saves in the early going should consider picking McArthur up off the waiver wire.

    Apr 6 · Source via Closers Kansas City Royals Will Smith
  • Offseason In Review: Kansas City Royals

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    Raise your hand if you had the Royals being one of the top-five spenders in free agency on your offseason bingo card back in November. Kansas City is focused on improving in the here and now, and their offseason reflects that. Major League Signings Seth Lugo, RHP: Three years, $45MM (opt-out after year two of…

    Mar 13 · MLB Trade Rumors Offseason Kansas City Royals Dan Altavilla Nick Anderson Luis Cessa Austin Cox Tyler Duffey Freddy Fermin Adam Frazier Zack Greinke Garrett Hampson Sandy Leon Josh Lester Seth Lugo Jordan Lyles Daniel Lynch Alec Marsh Michael Massey James McArthur MJ Melendez Austin Nola Vinnie Pasquantino Salvador Perez Logan Porter Nick Pratto Cole Ragans Hunter Renfroe Matt Sauer John Schreiber Brady Singer Will Smith Chris Stratton Nelson Velazquez Michael Wacha Bobby Witt Jr. Kyle Wright
  • William Smith The Leading Candidate To Close For Royals

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    At the moment, Kansas City Royals left-hander William Smith is the team's leading candidate to open the 2024 season as the closer after they signed him to a one-year, $5 million contract early in free agency. Smith, who turns 35 years old in July, has won three straight World Series titles with three different teams. He went 22-for-27 in save chances last year with an expected ERA of 3.35 well below his actual 4.40 ERA. If the Royals trade for a closer or land one in free agency, they could shift the veteran Smith to more of a setup role, thus strengthening the back end of their bullpen. Smith will have fantasy appeal as a closing option if the Royals don't upgrade, but save chances could be few and far between for the rebuilding Royals.

    Jan 26 · Source via Kansas City Royals Will Smith
  • Royals In Search Of A Closer

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    The Kansas City Royals are in search of a high-leverage pitcher to close out games for the club in the 2024 season. With the free-agent market devoid of quality closing options, the Royals have turned to the trade market to address their need. The club has signed relievers Will Smith and Chris Stratton this offseason and also added Nick Anderson via a trade from the Braves. Seven different pitchers recorded at least one save for the club in 2023 led by Scott Barlow (13) who they traded to the Padres at the trade deadline. The club also dealt a high-leverage reliever in Aroldis Chapman to the eventual World Series-winning Texas Rangers last season. Emmanuel Clase and Kenley Jansen are two established closers who have been in the rumor mill but prospect capital (Clase) and cost restraints (Jansen) will likely prevent the Royals from acquiring either of those names.

    Jan 25 · Source via Closers Kansas City Royals Nick Anderson Will Smith Chris Stratton
    2024 ATC-$36260.925150106123579233304.291.26
    2024 Steamer-$56464.033130860276310335334.611.40
    2024 THE BAT-$46059.72213085723569233304.451.30
    2024 Zeile-$26361.1341419602357000294.261.30

    Historic stats obtained free of charge from and are copyrighted by Retrosheet. ATC projections by Ariel Cohen. Steamer projections by Steamer Projections Blog. THE BAT projections by Derek Carty. Zeile Consensus projections by FantasyPros.

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