The Kansas City Royals and Chicago Cubs are heading in different directions.
In 2015 and 2016, the Kansas City Royals and Chicago Cubs each ended long championship droughts (the Cubs’ obviously much longer than the Royals’). The Cubs remained competitive but Theo Epstein left the organization and now Chicago has started to part ways with some of their better players and look to be rebuilding.
While the Cubs have many talented players, the Royals shouldn’t look to trade for any of them. We saw how much it took for the surging San Diego Padres to land Yu Darvish and while the others likely wouldn’t come at that steep of a price, the Royals aren’t quite ready to make these kinds of deals yet.
Guys like Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo are amazing players and did incredible things for the Cubs, but the asking price would be way too steep. The Royals would only want to make a move for either of those guys if this was an all-in kind of year for them. The Padres are showing that’s what 2021 is, but the Royals aren’t there yet.
No, 2021 is simply a year to be competitive and push for a postseason berth. No one is expecting a World Series title next season and that’s okay. This is still a young team that needs to get their feet wet first.
It might be tempting to target some of the Cubs players, but the Kansas City Royals shouldn’t bite.
There are some players that could actually make sense for the Royals to look into trading for, but those players would likely be kept anyway (Wilson Contreras, Ian Happ, David Bote to name a few). One of the few players I’d be okay seeing Kansas City look to add would be Kyle Hendricks.
The 31-year-old starting pitcher is still performing at a high level and could be a nice addition to this young Royals pitching staff. As I mentioned earlier though, the Royals can’t afford to give up a king’s ransom for anyone.
Dayton Moore is being aggressive this offseason and it’s made for a fun free agency. Fans haven’t gotten to discuss much over the past few years simply because the Royals weren’t looking to make moves, but Moore has added a plethora of players to help in 2021 and beyond.
There are several Cubs players who Royals fans would love to have in Kansas City, but trading for anyone from that team just isn’t feasible right now. It’s fun to think about someone like Kris Bryant in a Royals uniform, but it’s not going to happen nor should it happen.
What do you think Royals fans? Would you want to see the team target anyone from the Cubs?