Royals Eyeing Young Starters

Some young starting pitchers appeal to the Royals as possible trade candidates, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (Twitter links). The Royals had interest in Mat Latos before the Padres sent him to Cincinnati and they still like Gio Gonzalez, the highly-coveted A’s left-hander.

However, the Royals don't want to part with outfield prospect Wil Myers or left-hander Mike Montgomery in any deal, Rosenthal reports. The Royals like the potential that young starters like Montgomery provide and believe Myers has the potential to hit in the middle of the order in the Major Leagues.

Royals GM Dayton Moore traded for Jonathan Sanchez and re-signed Bruce Chen earlier this offseason. The two southpaws join right-handers Luke Hochevar and Felipe Paulino in the team's projected 2012 rotation. Danny Duffy, Aaron Crow and Everett Teaford are also candidates to start for manager Ned Yost.


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  1. you’re crazy, they wouldn’t trade those two for King Felix

  2. lam0jam0 4 years ago

    I’m not sure Duffy has a MUCH higher ceiling than Gio, but he does have a high one that could surpass Gio. His minor league history is that of a pitcher who doesn’t walk as many as he did in his rookie season.  Cut down on walks and get deeper into games and you could see a breakout year for Duffy.  I hear the John Danks comp thrown around with Duffy a lot. 

  3. lam0jam0 4 years ago

    I’m not sure Duffy has a MUCH higher ceiling than Gio, but he does have a high one that could surpass Gio. His minor league history is that of a pitcher who doesn’t walk as many as he did in his rookie season.  Cut down on walks and get deeper into games and you could see a breakout year for Duffy.  I hear the John Danks comp thrown around with Duffy a lot. 

  4. If you no nothing of Hosmer then you are not a very astute baseball fan.

  5. fightwookies 4 years ago

    Absolutely not. I know that Oakland fans are used to Billy Beane raping people in trades, but that trade is completely retarded. Keep Dreaming. Your next ‘legit’ trade should propose Gio for Pujols, and have the Angels pay every dime of his contract. Maybe have them throw in Trout and Wilson just for kicks.

  6. fightwookies 4 years ago

    not by much. Especially if you factor in ball parks. I would rather sign Jackson than trade Myers.

  7. fightwookies 4 years ago

    I would trade Duffy for Gio 1-1. But I wouldn’t include Cain/Colon as a throw in. The Royals have no one else to play center now that Melky has been traded. Duffy handled the majors pretty well for a rookie, and easily projects to be a front of the rotation guy in a year or two, so there isn’t any reason to throw in anyone extra except for maybe C-Rob.

  8. fightwookies 4 years ago

    Myers and Montgomery may have struggled some last season, but both are still clearly top 50 prospects in all of baseball. Montgomery lost command of his fastball with a new off day throwing routine. He’s still lefthanded and still throws 95 with devastating stuff. Now is not the time to sell low on him. Myers had a freak injury where he slipped in the rain and jacked up his knee. Something like 20 stitches and some deep bruising, but no long term damage. If you watched him play throughout the year, you would have noticed that Myers got off to a solid start (before the injury) struggled hard when he came back too early, and then consistently improved (as his knee improved) through out the rest of the season. He tore up the AFL. I’m not opposed to trading either of them, but I don’t want a #2-3 starter in return. I want an Ace.

  9. lairdd 4 years ago

    oakland gets: bubba starling, will myers, zack wheeler, and jake odorizzi
    kansas city gets:gio gonzalez and andrew bailey
    new york mets gets:joakim soria and wilmer flores

    oaklands gets two top of the rotation pitchers and two high level outfiield prospects, all under team control prearbitration, just what Billy wants.

    kansas city gets a cheap and proven #1 starter (on their rotation) under team control for the next 4 years.and a very consistant closer that will boost their pen instantly. (26 saves in 09′ and ROY, 25 saves in 10′, and 24 saves in 11′) his save numbers would have been higher last year if it wasnt for his back injury.

    Mets get a proven closer and a 3b prospect to sweeten the deal. This is while only giving up their #2 pitching prospect.

    I would love this as an oakland fan, because would you want a 5-6 player haul for these pitchers consisting of a couple a’s, b’s and c prospects? or 4 high b-a level prospects.

  10. Dave Beal 4 years ago

     You guys are nuts. There is a reason we didn’t make a trade with the A’s or the Braves or the Padres. Our minor league and major team is the envy of baseball with all the high level prospects that A. Broke in this yr B. Will break in in 2012 and C. Are climbing their way up from A ball.  An embarrassment of riches as some scouts have been quoted as saying.
     And we have lots and lots of pitching it’s just on the cusp, and the Royals are trying to stack the deck in front of them with some short term veterans and make them force their way onto the roster. Hochevar and Crow could both be in the rotation this year, as well as Duffy, Montgomery and Odorizzi by the end of the year. All five of those guys are potential Aces, they are just not uite fully developed yet.
     And the best two teams in the AL Central are the Royals and the Indians. They are the two youngest and most talented teams in baseball going forward, along with the Rays.
     KC will be keeping ALL of our prospects and standing pat. And by doing so we will be saving the money we’ll need to retain Alex Gordon, Salvaor Perez, Hosmer, Moustakas, Alicedes Escobar, and the cream of the pitching crop. From 2013 to 2023 the Royals are going to have a dynasty in the making. Laugh all you want.
     

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