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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What teams could use Alexander?

Houston Astros — Despite their recent World Series championship, the bullpen struggles in Houston have been no secret. A stopgap lefty may have propelled them over Kansas City in Game 4 of the 2015 ALDS, too.

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Texas Rangers — The Rangers haven’t figured out how to keep their staff healthy in recent seasons. To combat this, the club is considering a six-man rotation, which puts greater pressure on their bullpen. The team is reportedly viewing the recently acquired Mike Minor as a starter going into next season, leaving room for another lefty in that bullpen.

Minnesota Twins — Despite being a division rival, watch out for Minnesota. The Twins appear extremely encouraged at the steps forward that their young stars took in 2017. This offseason, the team is looking to make a splash by signing a big free agent starting pitcher such as Yu Darvish or Jake Arrieta. The club is reportedly looking to acquire cheap bullpen reinforcement via the trade market, as well.

Los Angeles Angels — The Angels are watching their “Mike Trout window” quickly close. They are rumored to be looking to bolster their lineup and rotation with big-time free agents such as Mike Moustakas and Shohei Otani. If Los Angeles wants to address its bullpen, it will like have to scour the trade market for controllable and productive arms, such as Alexander.

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Do you think it would be wise for the Kansas City Royals to consider trading Scott Alexander this offseason in an effort to spark the “rebuild”? Let us know your thoughts.