Royals rumors have been quiet due to the MLB season being delayed, but we have a trade! The Kansas City Royals sent Tim Hill to the Padres and received Franchy Cordero and Ronald Bolaños in return.
Tim Hill, who had a nice 2019 campaign for the Kansas City Royals, won’t be coming out of their bullpen in 2020 and beyond. He’s now a member of the San Diego Padres. Jeff Passan of ESPN tweeted the confirmed Royals rumors on Thursday night.
Hill had a nice story, having beaten cancer already at a young age. He made his MLB debut for the Royals in 2018 at the age of 28, but really came into his own last year when he threw 39.2 innings and posted an ERA of 3.63.
There had been talk earlier this offseason that Hill might be a nice trade piece and the Yankees had been interested in potentially acquiring him. That never came to be, but now Hill will be suiting up with another team.
In exchange, the Royals received Franchy Cordero and Ronald Bolaños.
As Passan mentioned, Cordero is a power-hitting outfielder and is just 25 years old. He hit well in very limited action for San Diego last season, posting a .333 batting average, but in just 15 at bats. He has battled injuries throughout his young career, which is probably why San Diego felt comfortable with trading him.
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Bolaños made his MLB debut last year and struggled, putting up a 5.95 ERA through 19.2 innings pitched. He started three games and appeared in two others. The Padres tried using him as a starter for the most part, so that could be where the Royals want to utilize him as well.
On paper, this looks like a good trade for both sides. It’s no secret the Royals have conducted a few bad trades with the Padres in recent years, but this one looks good. Hill is a 30-year-old reliever, who won’t be a part of the Royals’ rebuild while these other two players are young and can offer them a lot.
The big thing with Cordero is his inability to remain healthy. He reminds me of Jorge Soler in that department and look how well Soler played last year!
The Royals still have a few more years before they’re truly ready to contend, so I see no reason not to like this trade.
What do you think, Royals fans? Yay or nay on this trade made by the Kansas City Royals?