Kansas City Royals Starting Rotation Needs a Savior

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Scott Kazmir

In 98.1 innings pitched this year, Kazmir has posted an ERA of 2.56, a FIP of 3.23, and a WAR of 2.4. The Athletics only owe Kazmir approximately $9 million for the remainder of the season, which (believe it or not) is within the Royals price range. 

While he’d only be a half-season “rental,” Kazmir is arguably having the best season of his career in 2015. Even if he were to regress a bit from what he’s been able to accomplish so far, he’d be a guy the Royals could rely on to go out every fifth day and pitch 6-8 innings. They may have to give up a prospect or two, but it would absolutely be worth it.

Clay Buchholz

Unlike most of the other “Royal targets,” Buchholz would not be a rental!  Theoretically, he’s under team control until after the 2017 season, as his current contract holds two club options for $13 and $13.5 million.

With already 110 innings pitched so far this season, Buchholz boasts a 3.27 ERA, a FIP of 2.54, and 2.4 WAR. His strikeouts are up, walks are down, and he’s in the top 20 pitchers by whiff and contact rate so far this season. Not only that, but he’s a true veteran with big-time post-season experience. Something the Royals will desperately need, should they make it back to the playoffs.

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