5. Carlos Hernández - P
Hernández is another name the Royals were reportedly shopping ahead of the deadline, showcasing him in a closer role down the stretch in hopes of increasing his value before the offseason.
Things...didn't go too well. Hernández finished with a 5.27 ERA, technically an improvement from the 7.39 mark he posted in 2022, with six blown saves to only four converted saves.
Perhaps a team would be interested in the upside Hernández shows with his 99+ MPH fastball. He did strike out 77 batters in 70 innings pitched, so there's certainly a talented pitcher in there somewhere.
With a cost-controlled contract and over three years of big league experience despite being only 26 years old, Hernández may just need a change of scenery to reach the potential he's shown.
The Royals had the worst bullpen ERA in the American League last year (5.23) and must make drastic improvements to field a competitive club. Kansas City is out of time for Hernández to develop and it's time to move on.