The Royals are out of contention this year, and the trade deadline is creeping up on us. I thought I'd list a couple of trades the Royals could make that I've heard people talking about, or that I think are reasonable.
Let's get started.
Why this is reasonable: The Cardinals are in need of a top closer, a utility man, and a vet starter. Joakim Soria is a top closer (Which is a hole the Royals can easily fill), Mike Aviles is a decent utility man, and Jeff Francis is a vet starter. Soria is under team control until 2014. So is Rasmus, who has not been hitting well this year, but has a lot of potential. Shelby Miller is a BA top 20 prospect who is expected to get into the majors early next year, and who has kicked ass at High-A and AA this year. This trade is completely reasonable, and totally worth it, especially if we toss in a High-A arm to sweeten the deal.
Why this is reasonable: Billingsley is an ace-caliber pitcher who is about to make $12 Million a year. The Dodgers are bankrupt, and are also willing to trade away some of their good players (Except for Kemp and Ethier) to clear up the payroll. If we offer them one blue chip prospect in Myers, a very good prospect with a lot of upside in Melville, and one or two developing arms, we could easily get the Dodgers to bite on this one. This trade would make sense because we already have a solid offensive base in the majors in Gordon, Butler, Hosmer, and Moustakas that we could build around. We don't need Myers as bad as we need solid starting pitching. That could be here sooner than later if we trade for Billingsley. This trade could happen either before the deadline, or in the off-season, and it is about as reasonable as it gets.
Please be sure to discuss both of these trades in the comments. I hope these can both happen.