Latest On Royals’ Pitching Search

We took a look yesterday at the Royals’ search for an outfielder. Kansas City has also been mentioned alongside several starting pitchers in recent days, including A.J. Burnett, Bartolo Colon, and John Lackey. (MLBTR links.) Here’s the latest:

  • The Royals have asked the Rockies about Jorge De La Rosa, tweets Jon Morosi of FOX Sports.  De La Rosa spent a few years with Kansas City before they dealt him to Colorado to complete the Ramon Ramirez deal in 2008.  Earlier this month, Rockies owner Dick Monfort told Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post the team aimed to do everything they can to keep De La Rosa, who is eligible for free agency after the season.
  • The Royals are talking with the Phillies about A.J. Burnett, but nothing is close, tweets Rosenthal. With bats in scarce supply, Kansas City is still exploring the pitching market, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star adds on Twitter.

Yesterday’s Updates

  • The Royals are in on Ian Kennedy of the Padres, along with the Pirates and Marlins (and still others), tweets Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. Of course, as Rosenthal notes, it is not clear that San Diego will deal away Kennedy.
  • Boston is looking for power pitching in return for Lackey, but K.C. places a high value on its young arms, tweets McCullough.
  • The Royals have indeed inquired on Colon, but got the sense that New York did not intend to move him, tweets McCullough.
  • The Phillies have had recent discussions with the Royals about Burnett as well as Antonio Bastardo, reports Jim Salisbury of As for Colon, his market is not developing with any clubs, let alone the Royals, tweets Jayson Stark of
  • As of earlier this morning, the Royals were unwilling to meet the Red Sox‘ asking price on Lackey, tweets Jon Morosi of FOX Sports. Kansas City remains interested if the price comes down, adds Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star (via Twitter).
  • While the team is looking into adding a starter (and/or an outfielder or reliever), McCullough tweets, GM Dayton Moore says he is still counting on internal production to drive results.

26 Responses to Latest On Royals’ Pitching Search Leave a Reply

  1. paqza 1 year ago

    Who would a possible trade piece for Colón be?

    • CharlieMurphy 1 year ago

      Depends on how much $ the Mets are willing to eat. I would guess something along the lines of what the Sox got for Peavy or what the Indians got for Masterson. The problem is that until Lester and/or Lackey are dealt, there won’t be much of a market.

      • calamityfrancis 1 year ago

        It’s been reported from several sources that the Mets are not willing to eat any money…so I can’t imagine they are expecting a team’s top 5 or even 10 prospect.

  2. Dogger27 1 year ago

    Don’t know why colons market isn’t developing! Maybe the Peavy deal scared some teams! Think a Bubba starling for Colon and cash would be fair!

    Please note that starling ain’t consider a top prospect anymore! Ranked 13th best prospect by mlb! giants got the number 2 and 16th prospect from the giants for peavy

    • Dogger27 1 year ago

      13th best in the “Royal organization!
      Colon to be is better than peavy but is owe more money! Think sandy is trying to get another player if more cash is included!

      Sandy try to get starling in the dickey trade but failed

      • Metfan9876 1 year ago

        And he got a much better deal from Toronto so it really doesn’t matter if he failed to get Starling or not

  3. godewey
    godewey 1 year ago

    would they really want Burnett ? Doesn’t he have a 12 million player option next
    year if he gets 30 starts this year? I’m assuming the phillies would have to pay
    a good portion of that.

    • Phillyfan425 1 year ago

      Personally, I don’t think he’s going to execute the player option. From everything he’s done, said, and that’s been reported, it doesn’t sound like he’s going to do it. The problem is, none of these teams want to trade for him UNLESS he guarantees that he won’t execute the option. From the reporters in Philly, all his teammates seem to think (and some have even said that he told them) that he’s going to retire. But when he’s asked about it by the media, he just says that he’s focusing on this season and his next game.

      • godewey
        godewey 1 year ago

        At least some good news for Philly. -moneywise
        i wonder how hard it is to walk away from 12 million dollars.

        • Phillyfan425 1 year ago

          He’s made $135 M in just contracts in his career. I’m sure it’s not easy walking away from $12 M – but I don’t think he’s in it *strictly* for the money anymore.

      • homer
        psabella 1 year ago

        Before signing with Philly he also said if he signs anywhere it will be Pittsburgh or retire. Bottom line with some folks is whoever has the money takes the prize.

        • Phillyfan425 1 year ago

          I’m also weighing in the fact that he’s hurt – and would have to rehab from his surgery he’ll get in the offseason. And you’ll excuse me if I put a little more stock in what he (allegedly) says in the clubhouse (to his teammates) over what he says on a local Pittsburgh radio show 3 weeks after being passed over for the start in the playoff game that got them eliminated.

  4. Loody 1 year ago

    How about Colon for Tim Collins (Mets can get second power arm lefty who has been good AND was drafted by Mets JP Ricciardi) and a low level prospect? I think that would be fair for both teams. I think Collins is in the minors anyway?

  5. Jeff Miller 1 year ago

    Not sure Burnett would waive his NTC to go to KC. He’s made it pretty clear that he’s staying close to his family’s home in Maryland.

    What about Bastardo and Kendrick for RHP Christian Binford and RHP Jason Adam?

    • Otis26 1 year ago

      KC is NOT on Burnett’s NTC. He’s willing to go there.

      • Jeff Miller 1 year ago

        Didn’t know that, thanks for the info.

    • Chris Vinnit 1 year ago

      Yeah, KC isn’t on his nTC. In fact, that’s probably the best place for him. If there’s one team that doesn’t have to worry about him exercising that ridiculous 2nd year option, it’s KC. No way AJ would want to spend an entire year out there.

  6. no one 1 year ago

    About Kennedy being moved… Even when I’m a fan of our starting rotation including him, Padres should sell high right now that he comes with another year of control. Would return a nice haul of prospects and the Padres still have Cashner, Ross, Hahn, Despaigne and they can put for grabs the 5th spot for next year (lots of options among our minor league studs and maybe a veteran cheap FA… No Stults please).

    • Mike Adamson 1 year ago

      I would like to know his value. I’m guessing the asking price for him would push teams towards Price or Hamel. I mean if you’re going to move top prospects those guys are better. However if his value is less then I hope the Pirates make an offer.

      • no one 1 year ago

        Of course Cole Hammels and David Price are better, much better… you can build a team around them, but they are two months rentals.
        I guess that the price will depend on the needs and philosophy of the acquiring team.
        Do you get an ace for two months for your top 3 prospects (as apparently Phllies were asking for Hammels) or do you give 2 top prospects and another no so big time prospect for one year and two months of a good #2 or excellent #3 pitcher?

        • Mike Adamson 1 year ago

          Hamels is signed through 2018 and Price through 2015 season. Neither are rentals. Only Lester is a rental. So yes I still would rather have Price or Hamels.

          • no one 1 year ago

            You are right, I made a mistake with Price and Hamels contracts. And I never said I preferred Kennedy over Price and Hamels. I would be crazy if I did. Just said that it depends on what a team is looking for… anyway, both Hamels and Price are controllable as you said, so this discussion has no foundation. Have a good one!

    • Beersy 1 year ago

      I would rather the Padres keep Kennedy, but couldn’t agree more, selling high on Kennedy would be a wise move. Dealing Kennedy for a strong prospect haul and then acquiring a guy like Gonzalez from the O’s would be fine with me.

  7. Connor 1 year ago

    Kennedy and Benoit for Hunter Dozier, Jorge Bonifacio, and Christian Colon.

  8. Seamaholic 1 year ago

    De La Rosa is really underrated. Coors hitters are devalued for where they hit, so Coors pitchers should be bumped up for where they pitch. He’s very solid, would be a good get for KC for the stretch run.

  9. Red_Line_9 1 year ago

    Royals need to pull the deal that brings Cole Hamels

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