The Winter Meetings continue to move along slowly for the Kansas City Royals. Despite no big moves, the club continues to field offers on plenty of players.
The Kansas City Royals continue to make headlines at the 2017 Winter Meetings even though the team hasn’t made any moves. With a rebuild likely in the offing, the club has received many inquiries into the team’s top trade pieces. The franchise has also been linked to other outside free agents, too. Although, the amount of interest the team has in adding MLB talent remains to be seen.
After a Monday filled with speculation, here’s a look at the top rumors surrounding the Kansas City Royals to come out on Tuesday.
Trade inquires keep coming
The Kansas City Royals had a slower day in regards to possible trade discussions. However, there was still plenty of interest shown in the team’s most tradable assets. According to FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman, Danny Duffy seems to be one with a lot of interest shown:
Royals are getting many, many hits on Danny Duffy. Also merrifield, Herrera and others.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 13, 2017
Heyman’s colleague Robert Murray reports that the Chicago Cubs have expressed interest in Duffy and left-handed reliever Scott Alexander. The two clubs obviously have history, combining last winter to send Wade Davis to Chicago and Jorge Soler to Kansas City. New York Post columnist Joel Sherman mentioned the Cubs and the Yankees as teams to have shown interest in Duffy:
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) December 12, 2017
Along with the possibility of trading players like Duffy, Whit Merrifield or Salvador Perez (cue gasp) for prospects, the Kansas City Royals could also look to trade some players in an effort to clear space on the payroll. Rustin Dodd of the Kansas City Star said general manager Dayton Moore believes salary dumps need to happen for any free agents to be added:
Dayton Moore reiterated today that the Royals will have to dump some salary to add much of anything this offseason. “I’d like to create some flexibility,” he said.
Among the expiring contracts: Joakim Soria, Jason Hammel, Kelvin Herrera (final season of arbitration).
— Rustin Dodd (@rustindodd) December 12, 2017
The way things are currently, no amount of salary dump looks like it will make any difference in how the Kansas City Royals approach this offseason.