MLB Insider Names Four Royals Who Will Be Traded This Week
The MLB Trade Deadline is exactly one week away and one team that will be selling is none other than the Kansas City Royals. With a 39-57 record, fans had a good idea that the Royals would be selling for quite some time now. Fortunately, they have several pieces that should attract significant suitors.
MLB insider Jeff Passan seems to have an idea of which Royals will be out the door within the next week. In his latest ESPN article, Passan says that the likeliest Kansas City players to be traded are Andrew Benintendi, Whit Merrifield, Josh Staumont and Scott Barlow.
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It isn't shocking to see some of the names being listed. Benintendi has consistently been listed as one of the top deadline trade chips. The 28-year-old outfielder has three home runs, 39 RBIs and a .322 batting average in 91 games this season, but his unvaccinated status might scare away American League teams who have games left to play in Toronto.
Merrifield could also bring the Royals back a decent haul due to his being under team control next year. The two-time All-Star can play any position except shortstop and has only missed eight games in the last four seasons. He's also on pace to crack the 70-RBI mark for the third time in four years.
Staumont can provide bullpen support for a contending team. He could use the change in scenery after recording a 4.03 ERA in 32 appearances so far. Meanwhile, Barlow has done a great job as Kansas City's closer, pitching to a 1.93 ERA, 0.964 WHIP and 16 saves in 42 appearances.
At the end of the day, the Royals are fortunate to have four valuable trade pieces. Whether or not they're all moved remains to be seen, however, the future will look a lot bright in Kansas City depending on the return that general manager J.J. Picollo can acquire.
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