Royals Inquired About Angels' Mark Trumbo in July

Christian Petersen

The Halos slugger could be offered as trade bait for young pitching - could the Royals be in play?

The Angels are coming off a horribly disappointing season, and have made cost-controlled starting pitching a priority according this article (h/t thelaundry). The article suggests slugger Mark Trumbo could be the centerpiece for such a deal, and that Trumbo had drawn trade interest from several teams at this past July trade deadline, including from our own Kansas City Royals.

A few weeks before the non-waiver Trade Deadline, the Angels went to work on trying to swap offensive pieces in hopes of attaining the cost-controlled starting pitching they need and, as general manager Jerry Dipoto said, "is gold in this game."
The currency of baseball!

The Royals have a few cost-controlled pitchers to offer in a deal including Danny Duffy and Yordano Ventura. However, their depth is not terribly great right now. James Shields only has one more year left on his deal. Ervin Santana is a free agent and it looks unlikely he'll return. Wade Davis has been a disaster. Will Smith looked decent this year but has struggled to start in the past and the team has hinted his future is in the bullpen. Kyle Zimmer had mixed results and is probably a year away. John Lamb is a disaster. Prospect status has passed Chris Dwyer by. Miguel Almonte, Sean Manaea, and Sam Selman are all still a long way away from the big leagues.

So can the Royals afford to give up a cost-controlled pitcher for a slugger like Trumbo? Trumbo hit .234/.294/.453 with 34 HR 100 RBI and 2.2 WAR last year for the Angels. He is an awful defender, and would profile in right field for us, perhaps filling in at third-base against lefties as well. Trumbo will be 28 on Opening Day, and is EDIT: eligible for arbitration for the first time this winter, and should expect about a $6 million salary.

If not Trumbo, the article suggests other Angels player that may be available this winter. Second baseman Howie Kendrick, shortstop Erick Aybar, and outfielders J.B. Shuck, Peter Bourjos, and Kole Calhoun could all be available and all could fill holes here in Kansas City.

What say you, is there a trade to be worked out here?
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