This offseason has been and will continue to be tense and eventful for the Kansas City Royals. It seems the team’s next target is Colorado Rockies outfielder Dexter Fowler. The Rockies have been dangling Fowler since early in November, and it looks as if the Royals could have many intriguing trade chips to offer Colorado in return for their five-tool center-fielder.
Troy E. Renck of the Denver Post was wise to point out that the Rockies have tried several times in the past to acquire Wade Davis. KC’s relatively recent acquisition was demoted to the bullpen in 2013 after an unimpressive stint in the Royals’ rotation. As a starter, Davis went 6-10 with a 5.67 ERA, but he recorded a 0.90 ERA in 10 innings as a reliever.
Earlier in the offseason, Royals GM Dayton Moore told the press that Davis would get a chance to earn a role in the starting rotation this spring. This was before the Jason Vargas signing, so it’s hard to say whether or not he would still get that chance. Davis will make $4.8 million next season, and he has club options for 2015 through 2017. Nearly $5 million is a lot to pay for a reliever, but it’s a bargain for even an average MLB starter. Perhaps Colorado can give him a spot in the rotation and make this hypothetical trade a win-win.
Tying up that much money in a relief pitcher is no good for a team looking to trim the fat. While KC has made Tim Collins and Aaron Crow “very available”, shopping Davis and getting out from under that sizable contract could be their best bet. At least from the Royals’ perspective, Davis has to be the most intriguing trade chip available for snagging Dexter Fowler.