With the Royals trying to acquire one more starting pitcher so they may contend with there are plenty of teams that could put a wrench into the Royals plan. Â It is said that Kansas City is willing to give up one key piece in exchange for at least one starting pitcher who can make a difference.
Miami Marlins – Giancarlo Stanton – With the Marlins in rebuild mode yet again and Mr. Stanton dissatisfied with the recent trades made by the organization this players seems like a perfect fit for any trade. Â While Billy Butler, Eric Hosmer, Wil Myers and Alex Gordon are very good players or profile to be that in the future the Marlins power hitting right-fielder out does them in most offensive categories. Â On top of a better offensive performer teams like the Braves, Rays and Mariners would probably be able to give up younger less developed talent to the Marlins in exchange for the slugger.
Cleveland Indians – Shin Soo ChooÂ and Carlos SantanaÂ – The more and more you dig into the rumors or a Royals trade the less you hear of a Alex Gordon being involved in any deal. Â When you take into account defense and position scarcity to a team like the Rays 1b/DH possibly isn’t as attractive to a saber-friendly organization being ran by Andrew Friedman. Â A team like the Indians is in need of a major overhaul and with pieces like Choo and Santana available the Royals may have to either make Alex available, add additional pieces or look elsewhere. Â Pitchers that the Rays have available would certainly fit into a rebuild while the Rays could also help the Indians rebuild a pretty slim farm system.
Minnesota Twins – Joe Mauer – If things would breakdown with the Rays the Royals will be forced to look elsewhere for their pitching supply likely leaving them with a couple bigger market teams in Seattle and even Boston and Jon Lester. Â As I’ve said previously the Mariners aren’t the best fit for the Royals with none of the names they are likely to trade having big league experience. Â Turn to the Boston Red Sox who if they come up empty in their pursuit of a big name free agent may be ready to unload strong lefty Jon Lester. Â Having seen the lefty carve them up in the past it would likely interest the Royals greatly to get him in Royals blue. Â A team like the Twins possibly looking for salary relief in their rebuild could toss a wrench into that plan by freeing up the local boy as Nick Caffardo pointed out in his piece yesterday.
Los Angeles Dodgers – Andre Ethier and more-Â There has been no team making more moves than the Dodgers since the All Star break last season. Â Currently in pursuit of big name free agents with their huge wave of cash there are no guarantees Greinke or Sanchez land in Dodgers stadium. Â If that happens you can best be assured the Dodgers will play big for any pitcher they can get their hands on. Â A right-fielder like Ethier doesn’t offer upside that the Royals hitters do but the Dodgers have shown they aren’t afraid to do whatever it takes to secure the players they want.
While the Royals seem locked into landing one more pitcher, other teams have more payroll flexibility and talent making this a much more difficult proposition than some think.