One Last-Minute Trade the Royals Need to Make Before the Deadline

Devon Platana
One last-minute trade that the Kansas City Royals need to make before the trade deadline.
One last-minute trade that the Kansas City Royals need to make before the trade deadline. / (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

After months of trade rumors swirling, the MLB trade deadline comes into effect when the clock strikes 6 p.m. ET on Tuesday. The Kansas City Royals have been basement-dwellers throughout the 2022 campaign and could wind up being one of the bigger sellers before the day is over.

General manager J.J. Picollo has several players that he could move before the deadline in return for prospects. One last-minute trade that he should consider making is finding a new home for former reliever Scott Barlow.

Royals Trade Rumors

Even though Barlow is under team control in 2023 and 2024, there's still reason to trade him. The former 2011 sixth-round pick is going to be 30 by the time next season rolls around and while he's still a decent closer, his velocity is dropping, highlighted by his career-worst 8.7 strikeouts per nine innings in 2022.

Nevertheless, Barlow is still an attractive trade target for contending clubs. He's 4-4 with a career-high 17 saves in 45 appearances. His 2.36 ERA is also the best mark of his five seasons thus far while also holding opposing batters to a .221 batting average — below the .247 MLB average.

ESPN's Jeff Passan reported just last week that Barlow is one of the likeliest Royals to be traded ahead of the deadline. Taking his pitching performances and contract status into account, it isn't tough to see how GM Picollo could make off like a bandit with any potential return.

Granted, the Royals could always hold on to Barlow to see if demand increases in the offseason or sometime next year. Having said that, he may not be the same player if age catches up with him.

If Kansas City wants to maximize his value, trading him before the clock strikes 6 p.m. ET on Tuesday is the best idea.

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