Royals Rumors: Royals involved in big trade with Padres

Ruben Hill
July 25, 2017

The Royals entered Monday's game against the Tigers in a tie with the Rays for the second wild card spot. Trevor Cahill, who has been lights out for the Padres since returning from the disabled list, will likely slide into the Royals' starting rotation.

RHP Matt Strahm was acquired from the Kansas City Royals in a multi-player trade on Monday. In 11 starts this season, he was 4-3 with a 3.69 ERA and 72 strikeouts in 61 innings. He should take over Strahm's situational role in the bullpen while Maurer could share the eighth inning role with Joakim Soria. Maurer is posting an abysmal 5.72 ERA, but has 20 saves to his name.

The Royals are hoping the trade for better pitching will help lower their staff 4.26 ERA and help the club reach the World Series for the third time in four seasons. He was not the answer for this team, so props to Dayton Moore for getting out of that mess. The 30-year-old lefty pitched 67 times for the Padres last year. The right-hander is arbitration-eligible going into the next two seasons and can become a free agent after the 2019 season. The Padres could benefit from the Royals' desire to win now rather than keeping Strahm around for a few more years and see if it works out. This season in Kansas City he has not been as effective, going 2-5 with a 5.45 ERA in 34 2/3 innings.

30-year old Travis Wood isn't having as much success of late, but a change of scenery may be able to knock his 6.91 ERA down a bit.

Esteury Ruiz is only 18 and FOX's Ken Rosenthal reports that Padres scouts were high on the infield prospect after watching him play in the Arizona League, where he was hitting.419 with an OPS of 1.219 as well as a.976 fielding percentage in 2016.

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