Kansas City Royals: The case for trading Scott Alexander

DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 4: Pitcher Scott Alexander
DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 4: Pitcher Scott Alexander /
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KANSAS CITY, MO – SEPTEMBER 7: Scott Alexander
KANSAS CITY, MO – SEPTEMBER 7: Scott Alexander /

If the Kansas City Royals enter a full-blown teardown, virtually nobody is untouchable. One of the primary trade pieces should be lefty Scott Alexander.

The Winter Meetings are set to kick off in Orlando, Florida, in just a few days. While the Kansas City Royals typically lay low during the meetings themselves, don’t count out the possibility of a big shakeup or two. This is the time of year in which general manager Dayton Moore likes to strike a deal.

In 2010, Zack Greinke was dealt mid-December. And in 2012, the famous Wil Myers deal took place right around the same time. In fact, we are also right at the one-year mark of the Wade Davis trade. As far as this year is concerned, there have been murmurs about possible trades involving names such as Kelvin Herrera and Whit Merrifield — even if some erroneously think the latter is untouchable. While those two may draw plenty of interest, the man the Kansas City Royals should be shopping more than anyone else is Scott Alexander.

A late bloomer, Alexander had a breakout season in 2017, which was his age-27 campaign. It was a tumultuous season for the bullpen, and he was certainly a bright spot. The left-hander posted an ERA of 2.48 over 58 appearances, sported a brilliant mustache and anointed himself a sweetheart story in an otherwise bleak season for the Kansas City Royals.