KANSAS CITY -- Terrance Gore will be forever remembered in Royals' lore as the team's designated pinch-runner, mostly in September and during the team's playoff runs in 2014 and '15.
The speedy Gore, though, ran out of options after 2017 and the team designated him for assignment last fall, before signing him back to a Minor League deal. Gore never made it back to the 40-man roster this season and was traded on Wednesday to the Cubs for cash considerations.
Gore certainly made an impact on the Royals' fan base. He never got a hit in 14 big league plate appearances, but he stole 21 bases in 25 attempts and created a thrill every time he came in late in games to pinch-run.
Gore also stole four bases in five attempts during the team's 2014 and '15 postseason runs.
"He was great," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "He was a big weapon, as bona fide as a big pinch-hitter. You get in the eighth or ninth inning and to have him and [Jarrod] Dyson on the bench, it pretty much assured you that you would get someone in scoring position.
"He was a big part of our team back then. It was a nice luxury to have, someone like [Gore] who could steal tough bases."
Another speedster, Royals shortstop Raul Mondesi, enjoyed his time with Gore.
"He was a great guy," Mondesi said. "I really liked playing with him."
Who is faster, Mondesi or Gore?
"They talked about that a lot at Triple-A," Mondesi said. "I think he was faster. Maybe I was when it came to baserunning, first to third. But in a straight line, he was the fastest."
To make room on the 25-man roster for right-hander Jorge Lopez, the Royals put right-hander Blaine Boyer on unconditional release waivers Wednesday.
Boyer impressed Royals coaches with a strong Spring Training, but he struggled throughout the regular season and posted a 12.05 ERA in 21 outings, the last of which came Tuesday when he squandered a 5-4 lead in the eighth inning against Toronto by giving up a two-run homer in a 6-5 loss.
"It was a battle for him all year long," Yost said. "Then he had the [back inflammation]. But he always worked hard. Was a great teammate.
"But on the mound, he could never get on a roll. Never got it going. Just a struggle."