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5 Kansas City Royals Who Must Be Dealt Before 2014 Trade Deadline

5 Kansas City Royals Who Could Be Dealt Before 2014 MLB Trade Deadline

James Shields Kansas City Royals
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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.

5. James Shields

James Shields Kansas City Royals
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5. James Shields

James Shields Kansas City Royals
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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.

4. Billy Butler

Billy Butler Kansas City Royals
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4. Billy Butler

Billy Butler Kansas City Royals
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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.

3. Greg Holland

Greg Holland Kansas City Royals
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3. Greg Holland

Greg Holland Kansas City Royals
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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.

2. Jeremy Guthrie

Jeremy Guthrie Kansas City Royals
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2. Jeremy Guthrie

Jeremy Guthrie Kansas City Royals
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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.

1. Jarrod Dyson

Jarrod Dyson Kansas City Royals
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1. Jarrod Dyson

Jarrod Dyson Kansas City Royals
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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.