We take a look at the standings on May 18th and see the Kansas City Royals are not in last place and only 7.5 games out of first place in the division. Hey, that’s not too bad.
Then a quick glance over the rest of a very very weak American League Central Division where no team is over 500. You realize that the Kansas City Royals would be at least tied for last and 14 games out, in every other American League Division.
It’s about time for us to throw in the white towel on the season, although I don’t want to. I can be overly optimistic at times. The more I hear Ned’s interviews, it sounds like he thinks the same thing (just my opinion).
Here we go with some possible trade candidates and potential trade partners. My process for this is as follows-
- The player has to be valuable enough to warrant a trade. (I will not be including Jason Hammel and his 0-5 record and 6.28 ERA in this discussion)
- The trade partner must at least have some need for the player at his position. (Mike Moustakas will not be going to the Colorado Rockies, as they have Nolan Arenado)
- Lastly, to see what we can get in return for our top Royals, I’ll look at “in season” trades in either 2016 or 2017, as they should give us a decent idea of what we could expect in return. (No team is giving a top 5 MLB prospect for half a season of Moustakas, sorry).
The Royals trade candidates, in order of most likely to be traded.