The trade deadline is just over 24 hours away, and by 3pm CT tomorrow we'll know if the Royals were able to make a move to improve the team for next year. Already they have acquired outfielder Billy Burns from the Athletics for outfielder Brett Eibner, and it appears that Wade Davis is no longer available after he was sent to Kansas City for an MRI after not looking right in his outing last week against the Angels. Other Royals rumors:
Edinson Volquez is drawing light interest.
The Royals continue to take offers on Edinson Volquez.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 30, 2016
Add #Royals to list of teams #SFGiants are monitoring. Edinson Volquez could be available as a rental. Wade Davis probably not realistic.— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) July 27, 2016
I personally like the thought of a Johnny Cueto-Edinson Volquez reunion w/ #SFGiants. Those guys seem to bring out the best in each other.— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) July 29, 2016
Other clubs report Astros still hunting for starters but only if it's a rotation upgrade. Could be a fit on Volquez or the Rays' starters— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) July 30, 2016
Edinson Volquez does not have a no-trade policy. He can be traded to any team. "But I want to stay here," he said. "I really do." #Royals— Jeffrey Flanagan (@FlannyMLB) July 31, 2016
We tried to look at potential suitors for Edinson Volquez here.
Kendrys Morales has drawn some interest.
Source: Kendrys Morales does not have a no-trade clause. Astros, Rangers may have interest, though Rangers seek pitching more. #Royals— Jeffrey Flanagan (@FlannyMLB) July 31, 2016
We wrote about why his market is so soft here.
Are the Royals still looking at Matt Moore of the Rays?
The Rays-Yankees series leads MLB in scouts in attendance: Rangers, Pirates, O's, KC, Angels, SF, Tor, LA, Cubs, Clev, Marlins, White Sox— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) July 31, 2016
Matt Moore has a bit of a long-ball problem, but is signed for multiple years. We wrote about him here.
Are the Royals scouting Jeremy Hellickson?
Teams with scouts watching Jeremy Hellickson's start: Pirates, Yankees, Indians, Rangers, Marlins, Dodgers, Giants, Cardinals, Royals.— Robert Murray (@RobertMurrayFRS) July 31, 2016
He is an impending free agent, so perhaps they are checking in on him to sign him this winter. He's also a flyball pitcher who has enjoyed a comeback season. We profiled him earlier this month.
The Royals are likely to make a move, according to experts.
Teams most likely to complete deals today: LAD, Texas, NYY, Houston, MIL, TB, Boston, SF, Jays, KC, Twins, Oakland.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) August 1, 2016
Other rumors around baseball.
The Indians acquire Andrew Miller for a package that includes top prospect Clint Frazier. However they are rebuffed by Jonathan Lucroy who vetoed a trade to Cleveland.
The Braves get Matt Kemp from the Padres for troubled Cuban infielder Hector Olivera, who is promptly released.
Derek Norris and Brian McCann are a pair of catchers being shopped around.
The Cardinals get lefty reliever Zach Duke from the White Sox.
The Yankees get reliever Tyler Clippard from the Diamondbacks.
The Orioles acquireWade Miley from the Mariners.
The Mariners may be getting shortstop Zack Cozart.
Jay Bruce is drawing interest from the Mets and Dodgers.
Chris Sale could be headed to Boston or LA.