The Kansas Town Royals are touring to Toronto tomorrow to commence a series from the Blue Jays but will be with no a sizeable part of their normal roster.
The workforce introduced to reporters, which include Alec Lewis of The Athletic, that 10 players will be put on the limited record. Given that unvaccinated travelers are not permitted to cross the Canada-U.S. border, it’s come to be frequent for groups to location a handful of players on the limited checklist ahead of playing in Toronto. Nevertheless, the quantity and quality of the Royals gamers bundled is noteworthy. The comprehensive listing of names: Andrew Benintendi, Whit Merrifield, Hunter Dozier, Cam Gallagher, MJ Melendez, Brady Singer, Brad Keller, Kyle Isbel, Michael A. Taylor and Dylan Coleman.
Benintendi is just one of the major trade chips this year, as he’s an impending cost-free agent obtaining a excellent season for a noncompetitive crew. Benintendi is walking in 10.2 % of his plate appearances when putting out just 14 per cent of the time and hitting .317/.386/.401 on the yr. That amounts to a wRC+ of 127, or 27 % higher than league ordinary. With the Royals currently 35-53, a report even worse than all American League groups other than for the A’s, they stand out as clear deadline sellers.
Two weeks in the past, it was described that the Blue Jays ended up between the groups interested in obtaining Benintendi, which was a reasonably reasonable match. Benintendi bats from the still left aspect, whereas the Blue Jays have a suitable-handed hefty lineup. They obtained outfielder Raimel Tapia from the Rockies in an offseason trade as a way to consider to equilibrium things out. Regretably, he’s strike just .263/.289/.375 for an 84 wRC+ this yr. Swapping Benintendi into Tapia’s job as portion of an outfield/DH mix with George Springer, Teoscar Hernández and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. would have been a uncomplicated improve. Having said that, this news would appear to extra or a lot less eliminate the probabilities of this sort of a deal coming collectively given that Benintendi would only be obtainable to the Blue Jays for street video games.
In the short phrase, the Royals will have to find replacements for these gamers in order get by the impending four-video game sequence towards the Blue Jays, which begins tomorrow. The corresponding moves are not known at this time.