The Kansas City Royals are going to be sellers at the deadline. The Royals seem to be in luck this year as well due to having players multiple teams could be interested in.
Jon Heyman of Fan Rag Sports released an article today about 18 contending teams and 18 lists of players they could target for trade. After looking through the article, it became clear that the Kansas City Royals might have a little bit of power come July if things continue like they are.
Due to the Royals being sellers, they can listen to any offer on any player. If it is enough to make them bite the return could be great for the future of the team.
To spoil it all for you, here is a list of players the Royals currently have that Heyman believes could be potentially traded and to what teams.
- Kelvin Herrera: Astros, Angels, Braves, Phillies, Dodgers, and Twins
- Jon Jay: Astros, Nationals, Angels, and Indians
- Danny Duffy: Yankees, Angels, and Mariners
- Mike Moustakas: Yankees, and Cardinals
- Lucas Duda: Rockies
When you look at this, it is obvious who is going to bring the most in return in a trade. Herrera having at least six suiters according to Heyman could make it so the Royals can push the asking price.
When you look at Moustakas, it is interesting because both Manny Machado and Josh Donaldson are on the list. Machado is on five teams lists and Donaldson is on two. Therefore, when you look at this it is fair to say that a couple could add Moustakas to their list.
I did find it interesting that Jay turned up as often as he has been. I have always thought highly of Jay when it comes to his trade value, but the type of return he could bring is still up for grabs. If he really does have a strong market though, then the Royals might be able to push for a more polished player who is a couple year’s away, rather than a lower level type prospect.
I was surprised Duffy showed up on the list. After his consistent struggles this year, I don’t fully understand how he could be a desired trading piece, much less a piece that would bring a decent return. But, stranger things have happened.
I found this whole piece interesting, especially with the number of Royals players on Heyman’s list. It’s one thing for a fan of the team to say that the team has different players they can trade. However, having a national writer mention the player the Royals could trade is another story. Perhaps the Royals really do have more desired players than most fans think.
All of this makes me think one thing. Perhaps the Royals have a bit of leverage come July. If they can use their desired players to there advantage, they might be able to bring back better prospects than we originally thought. This would greatly help in the rebuilding process.
So what do you think Royals fans? Do you think the Royals have some leverage when it comes to July’s trade deadline? Could we see more Royals players traded than originally thought? Let us know below!