3 players the KC Royals should trade for soon
By Shawn Bauman
As the KC Royals began to integrate the young core of talented arms coming up through the minors, a veteran pitcher with success in the rotation and bullpen would be a boon.
With the moves they have made this off-season, the Los Angeles Dodgers obviously feel Ross Stripling is expendable as seen by their trade that fell through earlier in February that included him.
Stripling did not make his big league debut until age 26 and so after four seasons he his already entering his 30’s. He is inexpensive at $2.1 million and not a free agent until 2023.
His numbers have been solid his entire major league career, never posting an ERA above 3.96, keeping his WHIP below 1.19 each season but one and a career ERA+ of 115. He strikes out around a batter an inning and made the All-Star game back in 2018.
As mentioned, he is comfortable in a variety of roles which would come in handy as the Royals try to figure out what they have with their younger staff. Stripling also throws a knuckle-curve which might be the coolest pitch around.