The Kansas City Royals are starting to make it clear to teams they are open for business before the trade deadline hits. With the team spiraling to the bottom of AL Central, it is time for them to sell their assets in order to load up for the future. At 16-33, KC is bound to go nowhere but down. Here are the three moves that make sense for the Royals to take care of.
3. Mike Moustakas -- to -- Atlanta Braves
It makes total sense for the Atlanta Braves to take advantage of this opportunity. Currently with a extremely manageable one-year, $6.5 million deal, the Royals can get a nice return on their homegrown 3B. In his eight seasons with KC, Moustakas is a career .253 hitter -- and his 2018 stats (280/.330/.503 with 10 homers and 31 RBI) make him an even better bet. With the Braves still consistently starting Ryan Flaherty and Johan Camargo at 3B, this would be a major upgrade and another left-handed power bat to compliment Freedie Freeman and Nick Markakis.
2. Danny Duffy -- to -- Seattle Mariners
With the lefty having one of his worst seasons thus far -- 1-6, 6.88 era and 1.73 WHIP -- it will be easier for teams to land Duffy. The Mariners, who have a put together staff of left-handed ace James Paxton, Felix Hernandez, Mike Leake, Marco Gonzales, and Wade Leblanc, will look for a viable arm to keep them in the Wild Card race while Robbie Cano serves his 80-game suspension.
1. Kelvin Herrera -- to -- Houston Astros
What does every team on the brink of another championship needs? Bullpen arms. With Houston already bolstering their rotation this offseason by adding Gerrit Cole, all they need is one more arm to shut the door on the likes of the Yankees and Red Sox. Herrera would be the perfect match, as it would give manager A.J. Hinch an opportunity to use a closer by committee process or just handing the job over to Kelvin.
The Royals sit in the worst division in baseball to this point. With their record the way it is, it shows you why they must be sellers come the deadline, and why per reports, are opening the doors starting now for business. Other names to pay attention too should be Whit Merrifield and Salvador Perez. Perez is a commodity that would cost teams a hot ticket for his right handed power as a backstop. The Royals are in the driver seat -- just a matter if the price is right.