By Zach Morrison @Zach_Morrison1 on June 1, 2014
The Kansas City Royals traded Wil Myers to the Tampa Bay Rays for James Shields in hopes that it would put them over the top. Unfortunately, that hasn't worked out. Now the Royals would be smart to trade a few pieces away and retool for 2015. Here are five players the Royals could get a decent return for.
If the Royals decide to make James Shields available, he would immediately become the best pitcher on the market. Even though he is an impending free agent, teams will overpay for a workhorse starter with a 3.36 ERA.
The Royals' most talked about trade asset has been Billy Butler for quite some time and should continue to be until a trade finally happens. Many teams would have interest in the 28-year-old DH, and he could be acquired easier now that he is having a down year, hitting just .254/.307/.313 with a .620 OPS.
It might seem crazy to trade an elite closer, but that's what the Royals should do. They have a ton of power arms in their bullpen who could take over as the closer, and Greg Holland is going to be very expensive soon.
Jeremy Guthrie really isn't a great pitcher, but the Royals are going to have to pay him $ 9 million in 2015. Trading him and his 4.14 ERA, 5.26 FIP to a large market club might make sense for the Royals.
He's the fourth outfielder for the Royals, but Jarrod Dyson would have some solid value on the trade market because of his base-running and defense. Oh, and he's hitting a very solid .286/.348/.317 this season in 72 plate appearances.
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