Royals land 3 pitchers in reported trade with San Diego Padres

Rufina Vignone
Luglio 25, 2017

Everything hit on Monday evening, when it was announced that the Royals were sending current Major League contributors Matt Strahm and Travis Wood along with minor league infielder Esteury Ruiz in exchange for Ryan Buchter, Trevor Cahill, and Brandon Maurer, all with the Padres.

Meanwhile, lefty Ryan Buchter (a free agent after the 2021 season) has a 3.05 ERA with a 1.200 WHIP in 38.1 innings this year, and if he keeps that up, he could make an immediate impact for the Royals. The left-handed pitcher was dealt by the Kansas City Royals to San Diego as part of a six-player swap. Cahill was 4-and-3 with a 3.69 ERA in 11 starts with San Diego.

Maurer has served as the Padres' closer this season, converting 20 of his 23 save opportunities, including 15 in a row since May 28, despite a poor 5.17 ERA.

Buchter is 3-3 for the Padres with a 3.05 ERA. Join the KC Kingdom team! He can become a free agent after the season. Given how Wood joined the Royals on a two-year contract this season and posted an bad 6.91 ERA in 28 appearances, Kansas City likely had no choice but to cover his cost in any deal. On top of that, his high ERA this year can be at least partially attributed to bad luck, as Maurer's BABIP is high at.315. He comes with two years of arbitration attached and is earning just $1.9 million this year.

The Yankees' approach is very similar to the one Kansas City used in 2015, its most recent championship season. It's no H-D-H or the rotation the Royals had in 2014, but it's much better than it was just a few days ago. Wade Davis was lights out and didn't give up a single run that year. He has not been as effective this season in Kansas City, going 1-3 with a 6.91 ERA in 41⅔ innings. In his eight-year Major League Baseball career, the left-hander has gone a combined 44-55 with a 4.13 ERA (432 ER, 941.2 IP) and 765 strikeouts against 345 walks.

At the moment, the Kansas City Royals rotation will consist of Cahill, Danny Duffy, Jason Hammel, Ian Kennedy, and Jason Vargas and the bullpen now has names like Scott Alexander, Kelvin Herrera, Mike Minor, Peter Moylan, and Joakim Soria. He is 3-7 with a 5.21 ERA in 17 starts.

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