Royals & Padres




Royals & Padres

November 26, 2019


Name Age Level P1 P2 Availablility Years AFV Salary Surplus Low Median High
Baez 23 Majors RHRP SP Low 6.0 8.5 0.5 8 6.4 8 9.6
Edwards Minors 2B 14.5 11.6 14.5 17.4
Morejon Minors LHP 23.8 19.2 23.8 28.4
Myers 28 Majors OF High 3.0 2.4 68.5 -66.1 -66.6 -60.3 -54.1
Strahm 27 Majors LHRP SP Medium 3.0 15.5 7.5 8 6 8 10
Trammell Minors OF 37.8 30.2 37.8 45.4


Name Age Level P1 P2 Availablility Years AFV Salary Surplus Low Median High
Duffy 30 Majors SP Very high 2.0 15.8 30.5 -14.7 -16.7 -14.7 -12.7
Merrifield 30 Majors 2B OF Medium 4.0 68.6 25.0 43.6 36.7 44.3 53.5
  1. k c

    The Padres save about 40 million in salary over the next 3 years by exchanging Myers for Duffy, which allows them to be active in the free agent pitching market this offseason. Duffy serves as a a bottom of the rotation starter who has also had success in the bullpen before in case a move happens there. The Padres get Merrifield to leadoff for them and set the order, his positional flexibility serves them well as both second base and outfield seem to be the biggest question marks for the club. Merrifield’s cheap and controllable contract also allows for a unique oppurtunity to add an all-star caliber player without breaking the bank.

    The Royals get Strahm back who will serve to replace Duffy in the rotation. Myers takes over for Merrifield in rightfield this year, and could potentially still have value going forward if they’re able to get him to play to the level he has in the not-too-distant past. They also get two major league ready pitchers who can compete for spots in the rotation/bullpen this year and going forward. The Royals accquire two top 100 positional prospects in Trammell and Edwards, and though they lack power, and maybe still have question even elsewhere, they do have the skill sets that The Royals front office craves to play in their spacious home ball park.

    Though I see this as a potential overpay for The Padres, I do think it’s a deal that would greatly benefit both sides. If The Padres spend the money they’d be freed from by ditching the Myers contract, and say they sign someone like Zach Wheeler, then I think adding him along as Merrifield would greatly improve The Padres the next 4 years. And though this would easily make The Royals worse in the now, in two or three years, this could be looked at as a deal that The Royals came out of with it greatly benefiting them.

    What do you all think? Am I a crazy Royals fan, or am I someone who just came up with a fairly unique and plausible trade idea?

    Thanks to reading, those who have..

    • John Bitzer

      Good explanation. I think it’s a longshot, but I like the creativity.

  2. Larry Krueger

    Thank you for your logic on the trade. As we know KC is resistant to trading Merrifield but if they do I think a team would have to overpay with prospects and you have used that strategy for your trade. If KC loves your prospects then this trade or something similar to this trade would have a chance.

  3. E Schwarz

    The sticking point is that you want the Royals to trade Merrifield and take on 37 million dollars in net contracts to get those nice Padres prospects.
    That’s too rich for my blood and the Royals as well I suspect.
    The Padres have quite a few middle infield prospects so Merrifield may not interest them that much but they would jump at the chance to dump Myers contract.

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