As we are one week away from the 2017 Major League Baseball deadline, deals/rumors are starting to come out. Obviously, this is a very interesting and exciting time of year for baseball junkies. A fairly large deal broke today involving the Kansas City Royals and San Diego Padres.
With the Royals being a team that is contending for a spot in the postseason, they needed to make some moves. Adding arms is the club’s #1 priority right now. They did just that in today’s deal they struck, adding three of them. Kansas City added Trevor Cahill, Ryan Buchter, and Brandon Maurer, whom could all be key arms for them down the stretch.
Cahill, is the only starter acquired in this deal. With the Royals needing a fifth arm in their rotation, the fit seemed right. Buchter and Maurer will be back-end type relievers for KC. They needed bullpen help, since they traded Wade Davis to Chicago in the offseason and let go of former team Closer and 2017 All-Star Greg Holland.
The return for the three pitchers for San Diego was Travis Wood, Matt Strahm, and prospect Esteury Ruiz. The return is not the best they could get by many’s estimation, but it isn’t all that bad either, as they are in the middle of rebuilding stage in San Diego.
Wood, a former Chicago Cub and 2016 World Champion, has had huge struggles in finding success in Kansas City in 2017, so KC needed to move him. Matt Strahm is a promising left-handed pitcher, who could help the Padres rebuild along through the process. Finally, Esteury Ruiz is a second basemen, a prospect who is batting over .400 in Arizona League Ball this season.
This deal was the first of many more to come over the next week throughout Major League Baseball. Look out for all of these deals broken throughout the Spark Sports site.