KC Royals: 5 Potential Trade Targets for Yordano Ventura
By Bryon Parman
Potential Trade Target #5: Julio Teheran
This is probably the KC Royals best trade target of all. First off, Teheran is not from a division or league rival, he is signed to a team friendly contract through 2020, and the Braves are willing to shop their clerical staff this year if the price is right.
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Teheran is off to a solid start in 2016 with an ERA of 2.92 and is averaging almost 6.1 innings per start. Though Teheran is young, only 25, he has ample MLB experience with his first full season in MLB coming in 2013. Teheran would easily slot in as the Royals #2 starter and potentially be the staff ace in 2016 as well as the next few seasons.
Of course a deal/fit this good is going to be pricey. Even with the Royals sending Ventura to Atlanta, KC will likely have to part with a top farm arm and a position player. Mondesi may be safe given that the Braves already have a young hot SS prospect, but given how badly the Braves fleeced the D-backs for Shelby Miller, I just don’t think the Royals will get Teheran for less than a kings ransom.
Likelihood Score (1-10): We give this one an 8.
The problem is that Yordano Ventura’s recent blowup has harmed his trade value. KC Royals sources informed Fox Sports writer Ken Rosenthal that Ventura is a diligent worker between starts who wants to be great. The problem is his intensity causes him to lose control during games. For example, he doesn’t use the hot dog flourishes on his follow through during his side sessions during the week. He only does that during games.
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If Ventura can settle down and produce some strong starts, he might make one of the above deals more likley.