KC Royals News: Johnny Cueto And Trade Rumors


KC Royals news around the web right now consists mostly of the Royals’ starting pitching and multiple trade rumors that may or may not happen.

While the Kansas City Royals are enjoying their best 40-game start (26-14) in franchise history, there are still question marks surrounding the starting rotation (yes, even after three shutout games by the rotation). Danny Duffy has definitely struggled in his last THREE outings and Saturday’s start against the St. Louis Cardinals might just be the biggest start of his career.

Jason Vargas was not pitching well at the start of the season, but after having his best start he was put on the disabled list. Chris Young was brought into the rotation in Vargas’ place and has dealt, posting a 0.94 ERA in three starts. Wowzahs.

Vargas should be coming back sometime within the next week, and that leaves the KC Royals with a lingering decision. Actually, multiple decisions if you will. What will the team do with Duffy? What will the team do with Vargas? Should Young be put back in the bullpen even after proving he’s worthy of a spot in the rotation?

It shouldn’t come as a shock that the Kansas City Royals are being linked with several different MLB pitchers in order to upgrade their poor starting rotation. One that frequently seems to be mentioned lately is Johnny Cueto of the Cincinnati Reds.

Here what’s buzzing on Fansided.com.

Kansas City Royals: How Should Team Handle Danny Duffy [KC Kingdom]

"It’s no secret that the Kansas City Royals rotation has struggled lately. It’s also no secret that Danny Duffy is the one struggling the most out of all the starters. So far this season (as of May 20th), Duffy has a 5.87 ERA in eight starts. That’s not good, in case you were wondering."

KC Royals Rumors: Should Johnny Cueto Be Rotation Target [KC Kingdom]

"Tuesday night may have been the first time Royals’ fans have gotten a good look at the Reds’ stellar pitcher. Despite the loss, Cueto still looked impressive.Cueto is about as reliable as any pitcher that may be available. He hasn’t posted an ERA over 3.64 since 2009, his second year in the Majors. This season’s 3.03 ERA would be his highest since 2010."

KC Royals Rumors: Should Royals Consider Kyle Lohse [KC Kingdom]

"Lohse is in the final year of his contract with the Milwaukee Brewers and will make $11 million this year. The Brewers are currently last in the NL Central and 11.5 games out of first place. Only the Oakland Athletics have a worse winning percentage than the Brew Crew. Does it really make any sense at all for a failing team who was the first to fire their manager in 2015 to hold onto a 36-year-old veteran with close to a 6.00 ERA who is still owed over $8 million this season?"

Kansas City Royals Starting Rotation Joins The Party [Kings of Kauffman]

"Over the last three games, the struggling starting rotation has finally joined the party. In their last three starts, Kansas City Royals starting pitchers have logged 20.0 innings pitched and allowed zero earned runs."

Here is other KC Royals news from the rest of the internet.

Kansas City Royals look like MLB off-season’s true champions [Sports Illustrated]

"The early returns suggest that the Royals—by continuing to believe in their core, by not panicking because of their departures and by gambling on the right mix of mid- and low-level free agents—have pulled off this season’s greatest transactional feat: Make a high-performing, small market club even better."

MLB Rumors: Kansas City Royals Considering Trade for Johnny Cueto? [HNGN.com]

"Kansas City is going to need to explore the market to somehow improve their starting rotation (as long as the struggles continue) if they hope to make another deep postseason run. Cueto could be the guy for them, but it’s going to take a lot of work to make it happen."

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