The Royals enter the offseason at a crossroads, hoping to build for the future while surrounding superstar Bobby Witt Jr. with enough talent to compete before he has the opportunity to pursue free agency.
Kansas City has many important decisions to make over the next few months, though one proposed trade would replenish the Royals' farm system with three prospects who could make an impact at the major league level as soon as next season.
Should the Royals make this trade?
Proposed Royals Trade Brings Three Exciting Prospects to Kansas City
Here are the details on the proposed trade from Bleacher Report:
Losing Singer would hurt, though he struggled last season with a 5.52 ERA and couldn't capitalize on the strong form he showed to conclude 2022. This may be the Royals' last chance to get a return with real value for him, and the above trade would qualify as a win for the franchise.
Joey Ortiz is MLB.com's 50th-ranked prospect and could play both middle infield positions. A 2019 fourth-round draft pick, he hit .321 with 43 extra-base hits in 88 games at Triple-A this season.
With an elite defensive profile and a high-contact rate, Ortiz is the kind of foundational piece you can imagine sharing the infield with Witt Jr. for years to come.
Dylan Beavers is Baltimore's ninth-best prospect with raw power tools and a patient approach at the plate. Only 22 years old, Beavers had 52 extra-base hits with 27 steals, showcasing speed on top of his power.
His .850 OPS was encouraging and he's the kind of five-tool prospect that could develop into a valuable piece of future Royals teams.
Finally, Cade Povich comes in at No. 11 in MLB.com's rankings of Orioles prospects. Splitting time between the Double-A and Triple-A levels, the 6'3" lefty starter had 171 strikeouts in 126.2 innings.
These are the kinds of trades J.J. Picollo and the front office need to strongly consider to bring winning baseball back to Kansas City. Our fans are starved for competence and this transaction would be an excellent first step towards the ultimate goal.
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