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Royals trade Kelvin Herrera for three Nationals prospects

HDH is officially over

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The days of HDH are officially over.

On Monday, the Kansas City Royals dealt Kelvin Herrera to the Washington Nationals for minor league players Kelvin Gutierrez, Blake Perkins, and Yohanse Morel.

Herrera, coming off of arguably his worst season as a pro in 2017, has a fantastic 1.05 ERA in his 27 appearances this season and has converted 14 of his 16 save opportunities.

Gutierrez and Perkins are the 10th and 11th prospects in the Nats system, respectively, with early feedback being that Gutierrez is the best of the trio.

Gutierrez has the top infield arm in the Nats system and can defend, but he has struggled at the plate this season. The 23-year-old has slashed .274/.321/.391 at Harrisburg (AA) and some believe that he won’t develop the bat to stay at third.

Morel is an intriguing prospect. It much is known about him, other than the fact that he is just 17-years-old and just made his professional debut earlier this month. But he seems to have a live arm.

Though it is unclear where specifically the three will report once they are here, it is likely that Gutierrez will start in Northwest Arkansas (AA), Perkins in Wilmington (A+), and Morel in Surprise (Rookie).