MLB Trade Deadline Rumors: KC Royals at a Glance – Kings of Kauffman | Omd Cialis

The KC Royals, whose status as MLB trade deadline sellers was long ago secured, shaped the previously and eerily quiet deal phase late Wednesday night. Shortly after the team landed in New York for a four-game series with the Yankees, they announced they had traded All-Star Gold Glove left fielder Andrew Benintendi to their weekend hosts.

It was the quintessential Midsummer Deal – a team that didn’t even have the imagination to stretch run made a big player a contender for some prospects.

Since then, the baseball world hasn’t heard a beep from Kansas City, and only Friday night’s trade that sent Luis Castillo from Cincinnati to Seattle and a few less seismic transactions have made much news.

But don’t be fooled. It’s the calm before the storm, a near-dead period of relative inactivity before a whirlwind trading frenzy begins, likely today, and ends when the deadline expires at 5:00 p.m. CDT on Tuesday.

As baseball anxiously waits to see if the Nationals move Juan Soto, the Angels part ways with Shohei Ohtani (yes, there’s a lot of talk about a potential move), or the Red Sox sack some stars, Kansas City fans are wondering what their royals might or might not do.

What are the latest rumours? In the case of KC, there’s not much fuss aside from hypotheses on social media.

But there are actual, reported possibilities.

Will the KC Royals employ Michael A. Taylor with a year left on contract?

The Royals thought so highly of center fielder Michael A. Taylor that they kept him in the herd with a two-year deal through next season before the end of his one-year free agent contract — and last season — last September. It made sense — Taylor was on the verge of winning his first Gold Glove and, despite his lack of a bat, had solved the midfield defense puzzle created by Lorenzo Cain when he left for Milwaukee after the 2017 season.

Taylor remains a lineup game. His glove is decent and he surprisingly intersects 0.278/0.348/0.394, which explains why his name is floating around as a potential trading target, most recently on Saturday night when MLB Network insiders and mlb.com Writer Mark Feinsand reported Atlanta’s apparent interest:

Taylor could bring some stability to the current Braves’ outfield, which is a bit shaky. And the price is probably right, especially if Atlanta wants him next season — he’s slated to make just $4.5 million (with a possible performance bonus) in 2023.

KC Royals star Whit Merrifield could go to the National League.

We recently wrote that it’s time for Kansas City to trade Whit Merrifield, a notion that preceded the news that he couldn’t make it to a pre-All-Star Break series in Toronto with his teammates because he was not vaccinated. Since then reasons why he habit being traded seems to outweigh the arguments as to why he will, at least on baseball-related social media accounts.

Vaccination status didn’t stop the Yankees from taking on Merrifield’s then-teammate Benintendi, who also didn’t meet Canada’s strict immigration requirements. If they can find a suitable trading partner — in other words, one willing to give up the burden Kansas City will demand in return — the royals expect to see Merrifield, despite his disappointing .240/.291/.346 line move.

The Dodgers, a National League team that wouldn’t have to deal with travel restrictions that Merrifield may still have unless they and the Blue Jays end up in the World Series, could per the The New York Post Jon Heyman, be interested. Los Angeles is already teeming with talent, but might consider Merrifield the kind of versatile spark the royals caught when they took on Ben Zobrist in a key 2015 trade deal.

Are Other KC Royals Tied To Specific MLB Trade Deadline Rumors?

Trade rumors link specific players to specific clubs; Media and fan hypotheses generate trade ideas, but often do not rely on teams’ reported interest in the players involved.

This appears to be the case for one KC exonerator, whose name often appears in hypotheses but not in reports of confirmed team interest. Scott Barlow should be a prime commercial candidate, and writers and fans mention him as such, but as of this writing, reports of particular interest in him are hard to find.

Of course, it’s possible that Kansas City has completed its work for this trade cycle and won’t take any action until this winter. Taylor, Merrifield and Barlow are all under team control for next season so they will be back if left untreated. And the royals will likely be okay with that.

Will the royals do more business? We’ll know Tuesday at 5 p.m. CDT.

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