Jun 13, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies left fielder Domonic Brown (9) hits an RBI single in the ninth inning against the Chicago Cubs at Citizens Bank Park. The Cubs defeated the Phillies, 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Domonic Brown as a Kansas City Royals Trade Target

The Kansas City Royals find themselves in an unfamiliar place in the middle of June – first. Typically relegated to also-ran status around this point, the Royals have used a ten game winning streak and a 13-4 June to take a half game lead over the Detroit Tigers. Instead of looking around at what pieces the Royals could sell off and what type of return they could get for them, the Royals find themselves at a point where they could be buyers at the deadline.

Right now, the Royals are expected to focus on finding an upgrade in right field and in the bullpen. While Mike Moustakas has performed relatively well since returning from Omaha, there are still potential concerns about his ability to consistently perform at a high level. The Royals could also use a middle of the order bat with some power. All in all, that is quite the shopping list.

However, there is a player who has reportedly been made available who could potentially be the upgrade in right and the power bat that the Royals seek. With the Philadelphia Phillies seemingly going nowhere, they are reportedly open to moving some pieces. According to Jayson Stark of ESPN.com, one of the players that the Phillies could listen on is Domonic Brown.

A year after breaking out with a .272/.324/.494 batting line and 27 home runs, Brown has disappointed for the Phillies. Thus far in 2014, Brown is only hitting at a .223/.272/.332 clip this season, hitting all of five home runs. A year after making the All-Star Game and looking like one of the promising young power hitters in the game, Brown has looked like a player that is absolutely lost.

Right now, it is thought that Domonic Brown simply needs a change of scenery. Perhaps getting out of the pressure environment that is Philadelphia to a more laid back atmosphere would help Brown return to the form he displayed in 2013. Perhaps moving on from a team with virtually no hope of making a playoff run to a team with legitimate playoff aspirations would help awaken Brown’s slumbering bat.

So, what would the Phillies be looking to receive for Brown? Turns out that they are in search of a young player who has struggled on the team he is with and may be in need of a change of scenery. The Royals happen to have such a player in the aforementioned Moustakas. Once Danny Valencia returns from his stint on the disabled list, Moustakas is likely to see his playing time diminish, perhaps returning to a platoon or finding himself on the bench for the vast majority of the time.

Instead, Mike Moustakas could potentially be a trade chip that could entice the Phillies to part ways with Domonic Brown. Brown, if he would be able to recapture that form from last year, would be an immediate upgrade over the Nori Aoki/Jarrod Dyson platoon and would also give the Royals that middle of the order bat they so desperately need.

Another potential reason to acquire Brown would be the cost. While a player such as Ben Zobrist or Carlos Quentin are more likely to provide a guaranteed upgrade in right, those players will likely cost far more, not just monetarily, but in terms of prospects. Brown, meanwhile, may only cost a player such as Moustakas and perhaps a lower tier prospect. In fact, for the Royals bottom line, such a trade would be a lateral move for the payroll.

Domonic Brown could be the type of player that would give the Royals the offensive upgrade that they seek. Should the Phillies truly make him available, Brown may be a legitimate target for the Royals.

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  • jimfetterolf

    Dyson/Aoki is not a problem and Dominic Brown shows no signs of being a solution. 3rd is the only problem and the rest of the team is strong enough to cover for it, especially as the Moosiah does hit some of the sacred homers, actually more than Brown, drives in runs, and plays good defense. If all the pitching the Royals faced was lefty, Valencia would work, but he’s nothing against righties and in the field looks like he borrowed Wilson Betamit’s glove. Brown had a decent season last year, then regressed to his mean. Don’t want Headley either.

  • cardsfanatik

    Now this is what I’m talking about. Moustakas is never going to figure it out in K.C. Whether it be the coaching, or the pressure to be “the next George Brett”. Whatever it is, Moustakas sucks at this level. Dominic Brown is a good young player, and has shown MORE success at the MLB level than Moustakas has. This would be a good trade. I wouldn’t let Philly talk you out of another top prospect also, but he displays huge power, and his defense is good. And one of Dyson/Aoki could be used in another deal for someone else at this point also. With the other then becoming the 4th OF’er.

    • jimfetterolf

      You are aware that Brown is an OF, not 3B? And his defense consistently rates as a negative. Bet you were good with trading for Kevin McReynolds :)

      • cardsfanatik

        No jimfetterolf, I thought Brown was a third baseman………………..I know where the hell he plays. And I also know, that I would rather have a guy in RF that could hit a HR and bat .250, than a guy that can’t hit a HR, and bat .265. I would trade Moustakas for Brown in a New York minute, then I would take Aoki, and whomever else, and trade for Aaron Hill. And you also have Valencia coming back before to long. Your delusional if you think this team as constructed right now is going to make the post season, LET ALONE win the A.L. Central. Oh and furthermore you pompous ass, talking down to people, that are probably smarter than you, won’t make you very many friends. Your outlook on this team screams that you are Dayton Moore’s lover. The way you approach arguments, and your little smart ass remarks show that your IQ is that of a slug. And your whole talking about batting “approach” and what not. You like to pretend like you played baseball, when I highly doubt you played past pee-wee. Because IF you did, you would realize what it takes to WIN in the god damn major leagues. It’s not going to come from this roster as it is currently constructed. Hell, even Dayton the dumbass knows that this year. I’m actually done wasting my time responding to your snarky little bitch comments.

        • jimfetterolf

          Our RF platoon doesn’t bat .265. But you wouldn’t know that.

          Glad you’re done. Your only use is as a whipping boy for the talk radio shriekers and Romper Room gameboys.

          • cardsfanatik

            Why don’t you actually do something constructive. The whole point of this is… Aoki/ Dyson don’t equal post season. Moustakas isn’t a major league third baseman. You’re more of a retard than I thought. When someone bitch slaps you for your stupid ass comments, you pout. You’re logic to this team shows three things. You don’t WATCH baseball. You’ve never PLAYED baseball. And all you do all day is sit at home on your fat ass looking at stats and pornhub, and trying to figure out a new way to troll this site. And your stat looking up sucks. If you don’t think this team needs to make a move or two, that’s fine. But you’re alone in your assessment.

          • jimfetterolf

            I see why you cower behind a screen name. And knew you couldn’t stay away :)

          • cardsfanatik

            I don’t cower from anyone my friend. I’m not so sure you would be such a pompous ass in person. But I go to enough games maybe we’ll see one day. I also knew you care less about baseball than you do trolling.

          • Bear Brinkman

            Is pornhub good…I’m tired of tubegalorn?

  • Debby Lamb

    Dyson/Aoki are perfectly fine. Moustakas needs to get out of KC. It looks like he isn’t going to get any better anytime soon.

  • jimfetterolf

    For our readers, Aaron Hill, suggested as a target for 3rd, slashes .251/.291/.387, hasn’t played 3rd since 2005, has negative defense at 2nd, has 6 homers, and has a salary of $11m. All numbers courtesy of Baseball Reference.