A whole lot of nothing but rumors took place Monday for the Royals and most teams.
Billy Butler – We’ve been through the Wil Myers and Eric Hosmer rumors previous to the meetings so it was Butler’s turn on Monday as rumors popped up that the Orioles and Mariners were hot on the still young 1b/DH. Â Of course when the Orioles popped up the Royals fans reaction was immediately to see if they could attain Dylan Bundy in exchange. Â While I love Billy and he has on field major league experience it would take a colossally idiotic move for the Orioles to trade the #1 or 2 pitching prospect in the game for a DH, it just doesn’t happen. Â The Mariners would likely have to package a top pitching prospect like Taijuan Walker, James Paxton or Danny Holtzen to acquire Butler’s services none of which have had major league actions.
In the end trading Billy would take a lot of hootzpah on GMDM’s behalf due to the unanswered questions that surround Moustakas and Hosmer’s bat. Â It is my belief that if the Royals are to make a trade with the M’s they would have to bring back a bat in return. Â If Seattle were to acquire Butler their current 1b/DH Jesus Montero would seem redundant.
Anibal Sanchez – According to CBS Sports the Royals have money to spend on a pitcher and could be targeting Sanchez. Â The right-handerÂ received what his agent deemed an insulting 4/48 offer from the Tigers and it appears that he is out of their plans. Â That isn’t shocking considering the depth the Tigers currently have with Verlander, Scherzer, Porcello, Fister and Smyly. Â If Sanchez is looking for $15M per year for 6 years he will probably have to wait for the Greinke deal to get done with LA Dodgers and then go hard after the teams that got left out. Â It doesn’t seem that the Angels and Rangers have been linked to Sanchez but that stuff can change at any second.
If the Royals want to spend $15M they could afford it with Franceour, Chen, Hochevar and Santana deals coming off the books next year. Â That said it isn’t likely that David Glass would open up the checkbook for a 7/105 or 6/90 deal that it would take to land Anibal nor would I really want the Royals to go that long for the free agent. Â Just looking at the possible future pitfall if the Royals made the move and Sanchez continued his #3 starter type ways the Royals would be just slightly improved and they would have little salary room to go after Hosmer or Moose big extensions if they improved significantly.
RA Dickey – The Mets have been working to flip the NL Cy Young winner with the Red Sox, Royals and Rangers. Â Rumors came out yesterday that Mets were asking for Xavier Bogaerts and Jackie Bradley Jr. from the Sox. Â No word on what the counter from the Sox after the laughter stopped. Â The Blue Jays also seem interested in the knuckleballer and with the Mets possibly looking for catching help then the Jays are a good fit.
The Rangers are a bad team for the Royals to compete with as they have a deeper farm system than the Royals do at the current time. Â One positive in the Royals favor is that the Rangers are currently in talks with the D-Backs to acquire Justin Upton and I doubt they want to mortgage their farm system for a run at 2013. Â If the Mets want two elite talents for Dickey then the Royals need to get out of the running, the only reasonable deal for the Mets to receive that much for Dickey is if a deal was already in place for 2 years. Â Just take a look at what the Phillies received for one year of Cliff Lee as a comparison.
Ricky Nolasco, Bud Norris and others – The Marlins starter wants a trade while rumors are out there that the Royals have looked into Bud Norris. Â The Astros righty has a profile very similar to current Kansas City pitcher Felipe Paulino as a guy with a solid K rate but somewhat down results.
It is certain that the Royals aren’t really shopping in the bargain bin with the rumors of Dickey and Sanchez still out there. Â If they want to hang onto cash, current players and get a possible impact pitcher then Norris would probably be the right move as the Royals would likely only have to give up a fringe Top 10 org prospect.
Final Analysis – Tuesday is a good day for movement for all teams, they’ve heard the initial offers and have all day and night to make final pitches.