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Royals' Scott Barlow, Josh Stormont, Michael A. Taylor Interested

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With less than seven hours until the deadline, Royals could be a key factor. MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand the outfielder market Michael A. Taylorand reliever Josh Stormont When Scott Barlow “Heating”.

The fact that the Royals are talking about trading off part of their major league roster is not surprising given their place in the standings. . The question is how much they want to sell.they are already trading Andrew Benintendi He was a pure rental, but became a free agent at the end of the year. All three of his players Feinsand mentioned have extra control and shouldn’t be strictly traded, but there are reasons to consider all three offers.

In Taylor’s case, he headed to free agency around this time last year, but signed a two-year extension to stay at KC. That means the Royals can keep him in the 2023 campaign, but he’s playing the best season of his career.His .280/.352/.395 his slash his line is His 114 wRC+ equates to his 14% above the league average. In each of the last four seasons, he was between 71 and 77 in that division. He also lowered his strikeout rate and increased his walk rate compared to previous seasons. This suggests it’s a result of improved approach at bat rather than just luck.

He’s earning a modest $4.5 million this year, but he could increase that number with a few extra incentives. Still, with only about a third of the season left, acquisition teams add him less than $2 million to their ledgers. That’s a small price to pay for a guy who’s hitting at an above-average level.Of course, Taylor’s primary calling card is his defense, and the center field market is notoriously thin.Teams have sought to acquire players who are Brian Reynolds, Cedric Mullins When Ramon Laureano Quite a long time, so far without success. Perhaps it will allow the Royals to get enough offers to accept and allow. Kyle Isbell take over the middle class.

As for Barlow and Stormon, both have several years of dominance, with Barlow set to reach free agency after the 2024 season and Stormon in free agency a year later. However, this time of year is always in high demand for his pitching relief, with almost every candidate looking to beef up the bullpen with an intriguing arm. The Royals can certainly choose to hang on to them for future seasons, but relief players are notoriously fluctuating from season to season. Or you can think about taking what’s in front of you before it slows down your performance.

But so far, both have had good seasons and are attracting a lot of interest from rival teams. I got more grounders. From 2019 to 2021, Barlow said he pitched 174 2/3 innings with a 3.45 ERA, a 30% strikeout rate, a 10% walk rate, and a 40.8% ground ball rate. This year, his ERA is 2.36 and his strikeout percentage is only 24%, but his grounder clip percentage is 50.4% and his walk percentage is down to 6.5%. Barlow had 16 saves last year and he already had 17 this year, so it all came while pitching in a highly leveraged situation. He makes $2.4 million a year, and he has to go through two arbitrations. Considering all of this, it’s no surprise that he’s in high demand in the league.

Staumont isn’t up to Barlow’s level, but it’s still interesting. Since his debut in 2019, he has pitched 141 1/3 innings in MLB with a 3.18 ERA and a 26.5% strikeout rate. His 12.5% ​​walk percentage and his 33.6% ground ball percentage are both worse than league averages, but still effective enough. He won’t reach arbitration until this winter and could fit in any team’s budget, leaving him with three years of control.

All three of these players have reasons for other teams to be interested. The club have had aspirations to compete in recent years, but have yet to succeed. Trading any of these three could hurt your roster for the time being, but could also add prospects that could prove useful in the years to come.

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