KC Royals Trades: 4 Andrew Benintendi deals to ponder

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Last year’s World Series champions match up well for a deal with the KC Royals.

The Atlanta Braves, winners of last year’s World Series, find themselves in a situation similar to San Diego’s—they’re in second place in their division and could use an outfielder with a good bat. Superstar Ronald Acuña has been in and out of the lineup with a mix of minor injuries, while Adam Duvall and Marcell Ozuna have combined to hit just .216 this season.

The Braves and Royals have a strong history. Dayton Moore cut his front office teeth studying under legendary former KC general manager John Schuerholz in Atlanta, and the clubs consummated last summer’s trade that sent Jorge Soler to the Braves.

Might Kansas City and the Braves do this deal?

Perhaps the greatest question for the Royals’ future is third base. In this trade, Kansas City gets a potential answer in Grissom, who’s only 21 and playing in High-A. According to MLB Pipeline’s scouting report, he “routinely displays outstanding bat-to-ball skills with a very good approach.”

Grissom is slashing .309/.394/.489 with 11 home runs this season and has an 8.5 BB% to go with an extremely low 12 K%.

Tarnok, a third-round pick of the Braves in the 2017 amateur draft, has a good fastball to go along with a curveball, slider, and changeup. He’s 2-2 with a 4.76 ERA, 11.0 SO9 and 4.0 BB9 in Double-A. He was even better there last season when he went 3-2 with a 2.60 ERA and 12.2 SO9 in 45 innings.

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