by John Viril—
I know it sound crazy.
The Royals still have hopes of getting into contention. Greg Holland might be the most dominating closer in baseball today. The Royals have reasonable hopes they can contend next season—which is the first time they have been able to credibly say that since the 90′s.
But, Greg Holland will probably never have higher trade value than he has today.
Given the multitude of teams still in the wild card or division hunt, there would be plenty of bidders for Holland’s services. Not only is Holland dominant, he’s also pre-arbitration eligible—which means he’s currently making little more than league minimum. Holland could push a contender over-the-top. Plus, he’d be deadly in the playoffs.
Consequently, general manager Dayton Moore could demand a top prospect paired with at least two other farmhands with reasonable major-league aspirations. This move might not necessarily be giving up on the short term. The Royals could land a farmhand with more upside p...