1. Trevor Rosenthal
The Royal most likely to be traded is Trevor Rosenthal, who has become a top notch closer for his hometown team. The Lee’s Summit West grad is mostly remembered for the time he spent with the St. Louis Cardinals, but after a rough 2019 season, Rosenthal landed in Kansas City and he’s revamped his career.
Rosenthal has been terrific this year, pitching 13.2 innings and locking down seven saves during that time. He has a 3.29 ERA while striking out 21 batters and walking seven.
Rosenthal has already been mentioned as a popular trade piece and with him hitting free agency after this season, unless the Royals plan to extend him, it’d make a lot of sense to trade him and get something in exchange for his services.
While these six Royals could see themselves elsewhere in a matter of days, it’s also very possible that Dayton Moore decides to stand pat. The Royals aren’t far out of the final Wild Card spot and trading players in a strange season where you have a chance at making the postseason might not be the best play here.
Yes, the Royals need prospects, but teams are in a weird spot this year with it being a shortened season. Holding onto their talent and going for broke might be the best bet for the Kansas City Royals.