The Kansas City Royals’ quest for a fifth and final starting pitcher continues after two favorites for the spot did little to help the cause Tuesday.
Since Chris Young and Dillon Gee are struggling to hold down that job, it appears the Royals will have to resort to the trade market to preserve their rotation. Left-hander Brian Flynn gave up three runs while failing to make it through three innings, Dillon Gee entered and gave up three more runs, and the Royals lost to the Cleveland Indians 7-3 on Tuesday night.
Determined To Succeed
General Manager Dayton Moore and the Royals organization are absolutely determined to boost the club as the trade deadline approaches. Last July, Moore traded five pitching prospects for Johnny Cueto and Ben Zobrist, thus bolstering a squad who already had the best record in the American League.
This season, the Royals are only 47-47; likening them to the 2014 team that fell to 48-50 before going on a second half run that earned them the AL’s top wild card spot. So what do they do this time around?
The Royals have already reunited with Joakim Soria and reports say they also looked into a reunion with Carlos Beltran. With starting pitching in need of improvement, Kansas City could possibly look into bringing back an old friend like Ervin Santana. Seeing as how the Minnesota Twins’ season has been nothing short of disastrous, the new interim General Manager could look to sell off assets to rebuild again.
Is There Hope On The Farm?
Heading into the 2016 season, there had been some hope that top prospect Kyle Zimmer would be ready to contribute at the major league level for Kansas City. He began at the High-A level and soon moved up to Double-A, just like he did in 2013 and 2015. But Zimmer dealt with shoulder issues this spring and ultimately threw just 5 2/3 innings before he was shut down. Zimmer having to undergo thoracic outlet surgery hurts a Royals organization that has already parted with several talented young pitchers via trade in recent years, and is weighing the idea of more moves. A healthy Zimmer may very well have identified as a top-flight trade piece, if not a solution to the Royals’ current rotation needs.
If he can bounce back, the Royals might still have an important piece as they look to capitalize on a trade window without crippling the future too badly. It’s safe to say that Kansas City is left in quite the conundrum.