Royals Rumors: Potential starting pitchers on market for 2017 deadline

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The Kansas City Royals will have a lot of decisions to make as far as what their needs are at the deadline. Is starting pitching even their biggest concern?

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Personally, I think that the Royals need two arms off the trade market. One relief pitcher could be the difference between a division title and watching the playoffs from home. Also, a starting pitcher will greatly help this team turn into a true postseason contender.

When it comes to these names, the ones that I’d both like to see and are somewhat feasible are Scott Feldman and Jaime Garcia. Garcia is one of the more common names that fans are going to see over these next few weeks simply due to his stats not being as good.

Pitchers like Sonny Gray and Dan Straily are going to be hard to acquire. If the Cubs are in on a team, consider the Royals as good as out of it. Kansas City just doesn’t have the cash to keep up with Chicago and their farm system is laughable compared to that of the Cubs.

As you can see, I didn’t include every single starter available. Guys like Yu Darvish and Justin Verlander could both be on the trading block, but I see zero chance that the Royals get either of them. Verlander plays for a divisional opponent and the Rangers might decide not to sell if they can climb back into the Wild Card race.


This could be a trade deadline where we watch the Royals sit back and add smaller names. They did that in 2014 with adding Jason Frasor, Raul Ibanez, and Josh Willingham, and that ended up working out all right, didn’t it?

I’ll trust Dayton Moore with whatever he decides to do, but it’s going to be interesting to see just what Royals rumors end up going down in the next month.