Royals Rumors: Potential starting pitchers on market for 2017 deadline

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Royals rumors could begin focusing on the Kansas City Royals acquiring another arm for their rotation. There are some options out there on the trade market, but could the Royals really end up getting one on their team?

The Kansas City Royals need another starter if they’re going to contend for the World Series this season. While their original rotation of Danny Duffy, Jason Hammel, Nate Karns, Ian Kennedy, and Jason Vargas was solid in the first month of the season, injuries have shaken that up a bit.

Karns is likely done for the season and Duffy and Kennedy have both already seen stints on the disabled list this season. Not to mention that Vargas missed most of 2016 after undergoing surgery.

Despite the KC Royals getting off to a rough start, they’re back in the thick of things now and could very well be buyers at the trade deadline. It’s been reported that they’ll look into adding a starter, but can they afford a decent one with the lack of farm system they currently have?

This post is dedicated to the potential starters that the Royals could seek to add through the trade deadline. Not all of them are the most realistic, but were mentioned by Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe as starting pitchers who could be on the trade block.

I decided to just list them alphabetically, so this isn’t necessarily based on how likely the Royals could obtain said player. Let’s get started!