by John Viril—
In the aftermath of Sunday’s Shields/Myers mega-trade (since upstaged by the Choo/Bauer 9-player deal between the Reds, Indians and Diamondbacks), most pundits have ignored the current makeup of the Royals’ roster. With Wade Davis slotted to start, Kansas City now has four pitchers competing for one rotation slot.
Yet, Royals GM Dayton Moore just signed two rehabbing veteran relievers (Dan Wheeler and George Sherrill) to minor-league contracts. While those players are likely little more than bullpen depth, adding them to a stable already filled with flame-throwing youngsters suggests there might be “no room at the inn” to park extra starters. Along with the expected mid-season return of Tommy John patients Felipe Paulino, Danny Duffy and John Lamb, the excess suggests the Royals will try to deal some of their bottom-of-the-rotation starters.
This article will examine the trade potential of these four candidates:
Luke Hochevar—Probably the most frustrating player on th...