3 players the KC Royals should trade for soon

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Last year shined a light on the fact that the KC Royals need Salvador Perez to move towards a 1B/DH role to keep him healthy long-term.

No catchers in the organization have stepped up yet to wear the crown as Perez’s replacement.  Another option would be to take a flyer on a player who is currently bottled up by other players on the depth chart.

Our friends over at the Redbird Rants listed Andrew Knizner as a player who could be moved this year.  The 6’1″ right-handed backstop is still ranked high as a Cardinals prospect but at age 25 and with his path still blocked by Yadier Molina and Matt Wieters, the Royals could have a chance to pick him up.

A career .303/.369/.461 slash in the minors shows he knows how to handle a stick and he earned praise for his ability to call major league games behind the plate. While this may not be a sexy trade people would like to see, finding a long-term catcher who can hit and guide a pitching staff will be vital to another Royals run at sustained success.

"“He’s taken a lot of pride in putting a game plan together,” Wieters asid. “It’s been exciting to see a young kid come up and not just think about the hitting part of it or throwing part of it. He’s taken pride in realizing that no matter how good of a game he has, if the pitcher has a good game, we’ve got a good chance to win. – Matt Wieters"

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How Sherman will handle free agent signings and trades is a complete unknown at this point.  Expecting the KC Royals to pull off a blockbuster is not logical but maybe they will be more active in 2020 and start building towards long-term success sooner than later.