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by John Viril—
With less than 48 hours to the MLB trade deadline, the Kansas City Royals appear to be buyers for the first time in general manager Dayton Moore’s tenure.
There is one clear position that the Royals need to upgrade: 2nd Base.
Here is how I rank the potential trade targets in terms of 2013 impact:
1) Howie Kendrick–with the Angels falling out the race, Albert Pujols went to the disabled list to allow his ailing foot to heal and the front office has indicated they would consider deals for both of their middle infielders. 30-year-old Howie Kendrick instantly became the no. 1 trade target at 2nd base.
Landing Kendrick would be a coup. He’s a 3.2 bWAR player who is currently hitting .298/.338/.444 with 11 home runs. He plays a solid defensive 2nd base and he’s signed through 2015. The only problem with acquiring Kendrick is the cost: in both prospects and salary.
The first issue is that Kendrick is owed approximately 2.9 million for this season, plus 9.5 million for each o...
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An interesting name on the trade market, first brought up by Mike Petriello, is the Angels' Howie Kendrick. The second baseman is someone the Dodgers have interest in and he'd fill a long-term need.
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- With the Royals riding a six-game winning streak to pull within five games of Baltimore in the race for the final wild-card spot -- and Wednesday's 3 p.m. trading deadline looming -- the question for general manager Dayton Moore is obvious:
Just how bold should he get in the next 48 hours?
Moore has stated he is not interested in just "selling"...
by John Viril—
With the July 31 trade deadline now only hours away (3 PM Eastern), it now appears the Kansas City Royals will stand pat. When beat reporter Bob Dutton asked an unnamed club official on Tuesday night if anything was “cooking”, he received a reply that, “The stove isn’t even on.”
If nothing develops between now and 3 PM Eastern time, Dayton Moore has missed...
The July 31st, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Kendrick, Aybar, Callaspo, Vargas garnering interest, Angels pursuing Ian Kennedy and much more...
The Story: The Royals have talked to the Angels about acquiring Howie Kendrick.
The Monkey Says: That would make a lot of sense for the Angels who want high-end young pitching. They have both Kyle...
With Wednesday's trade deadline looming, Royals General Manager Dayton Moore has several strategic options to consider. He can go all-in and plan for the playoffs. He can plan for next year. Or he can do a little bit of both. Whichever strategy he chooses, could have far-reaching implications on the future of the franchise.
The Angels are unlikely to part ways with shortstop Erick Aybar an industry source told MLB.com late Tuesday night but second baseman Howie Kendrick remains in play.
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The Royals looking for upgrades at second base and in right field have had discussions about Gordon Beckham of the White Sox Howie Kendrick of the Angels and Rickie Weeks of the Brewers according to sources.
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by John Viril— At least Kansas City Royals GM Dayton Moore did not sit on his hands. Right before the deadline, he acquired OF Justin Maxwell from the Houston Astros for High A Wilmington pitcher Kyle Smith. While this move seems exactly like the kind of “minor deal” I demanded he make, I must confess I am surprised Moore went after a right-handed outfield bat with pop rather...
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