Royal family members can control the trading deadline by seriously selling players

The 2022 season did not go according to the Kansas City Royals’ plan.

The royal family indicated their plans for the competition by signing the starting pitcher Zack Greenk Off-season and debut for potential team, Shortstop Bobby Witt Jr.On opening day. Recently, two weeks ago, the general manager of the royal family, JJ Piccolo*, mentions that members of the royal family are still in it.

*GMJJP does not have the same loop as GMDM.

Unfortunately, members of the royal family are still at it.

The Royals have the worst record in baseball (17-37) with the worst differential difference (-96).

In the weak Central American League, members of the Royal Family find themselves closer to the division captain (13.5 game return) than teams in other divisions, such as the Baltimore Orioles (17 GB), Oakland Athletics (16.5 GB) and Washington Nationals (16.5 GB).

However, let’s not kid ourselves: The Royals should have been on target to play .500 baseball instead of the first pick in the 2023 Draft. But with disaster on the season, the first of those two scenarios is now more likely.

However, members of the royal family can choose to salvage what may be forgotten from this season. They can do this by aggressively making trades between now and the August 2 trading deadline.

Indeed, the Royals are in a position to control the major league trading deadline given the group of players in the final year of their deals or a year or two before arbitration.

If the opposing team is looking for a strong left-handed racket but doesn’t want to break the bank, well, the royals have a guy who fits that description.

While he left Sunday’s game and missed last night’s game but (1) Andrew Benintende It’s still the Royals’ biggest trading chip (or at least, probably) because it’s a free agent after the season. The left-hander acquired from Boston before 2021 is having a great season with his career high at OPS+ (132) cutting .321/.384/.799. As for his career, he started 605 games left flank but also played in the midfield, starting 71 games there between 2017-2019.

How about an excellent defensive center player?

Enters (2) Michael A. Taylor, the only royal to make it to base in the first game against the Blue Jays. Taylor has another year left on his contract after this one, but at a relatively low cost of $4.5 million. He’s been worth a .7 WAR this season, his second in Kansas City, and his .697 OPS is actually above the league average.

Does the purchasing team care about relief shooters more? Well, the royals have a lot to deal with, including these three main candidates:

  • 31-year-old RHP (3) Arodys VizcaĆ­no. He hasn’t played in two seasons, but he’s come on top, appearing in four games since May 30, even scoring a 6-0 victory over Houston on Saturday.
  • 30 years LHP (4) Prince Jarrett. Currently in IL, Garrett earns nearly $2 million this season before entering his final year as judge. While his ERA (4.61) is high in his first season in Kansas City, his FIP (3.43) and WHIP (1.098) are much better.
  • 29-year-old RHP (5) Scott Barlow. The closest team, such as having a role, is in control of the club for another two seasons after this one. This kind of team control, combined with Barlow’s arsenal, could totally bring the royals back.

Three candidates for a quick hit: (6) 1 b / dirhams Carlos SantanaAnd the (7) 1B/D.H. Ryan O’Hearnbackup holder (8) Cam Gallagher. Santana is in an expired deal, but it’s so bad that I don’t see anyone trading more than a bag of balls in their favour. Same goes for O’Hearn, except maybe a pitching machine will be rolled out because it’s under control until 2024.

However, Gallagher is an interesting commercial candidate. It won’t start anywhere, but it’s as powerful as a spare catcher you’ll find on the open market. Like O’Hearn, members of the royal family control his rights until 2024.

And if a team contacts looking for a starting shooter? Royals have two available, although dealing with one may be undesirable.

First, there (9) Brad Keeler. Colleague Max Reber recently took a deeper look at this scenario. Keeler made less than $5 million this year and is eligible to referee for the final team this off-season. I don’t expect its value to be higher than it will be before August 2nd.

Then, of course, there is (10) Grink. That’s certainly not what Greinke had in common – the team is trying to stay out not only of the department’s vault but also league Cellar. After two and a half years in Houston, this must have come as a bit of a shock.

However, I don’t condone trading him unless he wants to. Otherwise, this is a bad appearance for the royal family. He can definitely help an opponent as a back arm or even a long helper.

If a team is looking for a racket that can play multiple positions, (11) Wait Merryfield It’s still owned for a reason. His trade value has plummeted (-0.3 WAR) but he can still play just about everywhere except for buying and selling. Next season, he’s only in line for $2.75 million followed by a $500,000 buyout deal.

There is, too (12) Nikki Lopez, who has three years of control over his deal. Nikki’s bat has cooled since last year’s impressive performance. However, he’s a great little player who could end up winning a golden glove.

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finally, (13) Hunter Dozer It can also be. Dozier improved his slash all over from last year and had a 0.735 OPS 11% higher than the league average. He may have been overpaid in 2024 but the acquiring team could walk out of the deal after that. It would definitely help a team with a short left field.

All in all, this is the equivalent of ten bakers of commercial candidates.

Now, royals won’t trade it all, or even half of them, but the point is that royals can salvage something from this season by winning the trade deadline by selling. There’s no way the royals can have it all back together with this club in 2023*, not after two disastrous two months who showed what this team really is.

*I just jinx us?

Finally, don’t expect royals to get the best of expectations from other teams. But expect to get a good amount of players like Benintendi, Keller, Barlow, Lopez and/or Greinke. And remember that just because a guy wasn’t ranking high at the time of the trade doesn’t mean he won’t explode on the scene when he does.

The possibilities are like lottery tickets. The more you have, the better the odds.

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