Trading Michael A. Taylor could bring a new pitcher to the KC Royals.
Kansas City desperately needs pitching and a trade deadline deal, or deals, could supply it. Boston has a lefthander who could factor into talks about Taylor.
The Red Sox have made the playoffs just once since winning the 2018 World Series. Now, they’re 42-31 with the AL’s third-best record. But they’re still 11 games out of first place and need some help—center fielder Enrique Hernández is on the Injured List and hitting just .209 this season, and although prospect Jarren Duran has been good in 13 games (.327/.386/.500), the .215/.241/.336 he posted in 33 Boston games last year could be cause for concern.
Taylor might just do the trick for the Sox in this potential deal:
This trade gives Boston an outfield upgrade down the stretch and the Royals a good lefty pitcher. Walter, 25 and a 26th-round Boston pick in the 2019 amateur draft, is 12-8 with a 3.09 ERA in three minor league seasons. He’s struck out 246 batters (12.3 SO9) and walked only 35 (1.7 BB9) in 180.1 innings.
Walter’s MLB Pipeline scouting report says he “…has a better arsenal than any southpaw in Boston’s system and a high floor as at least a multi-inning lefty reliever. If he can build off his breakout season and improve his changeup, he might be significantly more than that.”