This leads me to Danny Valencia.
During his time with the Kansas City Royals, he did a serviceable job while Mike Moustakas was trying to figure things out. He later became trade bait for the Royals and was sent to the Toronto Blue Jays in 2014.
This year through 66 games Valencia is hitting .307/.354/.502 with 12 home runs. That definitely looks like a player that a team could trade for that needs a third basemen. In fact, when Mike Moustakas tore his ACL this year, many thought that the Royals would need a third baseman, but Tthen Cheslor Cuthbert came into the mix.
Overall, a position players wouldn’t be considered a hole for the team if you were to look at what they currently have. The only true hole this team truly has is starting pitching.
The 23 year-old Cheslor Cuthbert surprised a lot of fans and teams with the success he has had in 2016. We had a chance to watch the happy-go-lucky youngster last year, but no one thought they would see him this much this year.
So far through 55 games Cuthbert is hitting .281/.311/.438 with eight home runs. Considering the production the Royals have typically had at third base Cuthbert has been more than serviceable.
While Cuthbert is 23 years old and isn’t eligible for free agency till 2022, Valencia is 31 and will be eligible for free agency in 2018.
Even though Valencia won’t technically be a “rental” for a team, you also have to take into consideration that he has played over 100 games twice in his seven year career. He has also played for six teams during the seven year stretch. That would be a red flag for me if I was in the front office.
Overall, a position players wouldn’t be considered a hole for the team if you were to look at what they currently have. The only true hole this team truly has is starting pitching. This is where the Royals have thrown the largest net and aren’t leaving any stone unturned.
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