Royals Rumors: Team shows they are all in with recent trade

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The Royals rumors finally led up to something big and that was the Kansas City Royals sending three players to the Padres in exchange for three pitchers. The Royals are going for it baby!

KC Royals fans sensed big news in the Royals rumors department was coming, but wasn’t sure when that would be or who would be included in a trade. Everything hit on Monday evening, when it was announced that the Royals were sending current Major League contributors Matt Strahm and Travis Wood along with minor league infielder Esteury Ruiz in exchange for Ryan Buchter, Trevor Cahill, and Brandon Maurer, all with the Padres.

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Initially, I wasn’t sure how to feel about this trade mainly just because I saw a lot of potential with Matt Strahm. The more I thought about it, however, the more I was on board with this deal. The Royals got rid of a struggling Travis Wood (though will be paying the rest of his salary), which needed to happen. He has not been good.

The Royals now can throw Trevor Cahill into the rotation and stick Ryan Buchter and Brandon Maurer into the bullpen for some added insurance this season. It became evident as the Royals climbed back to .500 in the past few weeks that they were going to “go for it” and now that’s come to fruition.

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The Kansas City Royals are all in and this trade showcases that. Even though Strahm might end up being a really good pitcher in the big leagues, he has struggled with injuries and looked very sluggish at the beginning of the 2017 season.

It’s not nearly as big of a trade as the Johnny Cueto one was two years ago, but it still has brought three major league pitchers to Kansas City, and that’s going to help big time during this run. It’s also worth noting that both Buchter and Maurer are controllable beyond 2017.

At the moment, the Kansas City Royals rotation will consist of Cahill, Danny Duffy, Jason Hammel, Ian Kennedy, and Jason Vargas and the bullpen now has names like Scott Alexander, Kelvin Herrera, Mike Minor, Peter Moylan, and Joakim Soria. It’s no H-D-H or the rotation the Royals had in 2014, but it’s much better than it was just a few days ago.

With so many key Royals set to become free agents, this is a trade that tells the players Dayton Moore is behind giving them help so they can make one last postseason run together.

What do you think of the most recent Royals trade?