Trade Deadline Deals Didn’t Do Much for the Royals this Season  

by Clayton Richer | Posted on Wednesday, September 20th, 2017
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Every season, when the trade deadline comes around, some teams scramble to try and improve their rosters, while other teams accept they won’t be making the playoffs and try to get rid of players with value.

Sometimes, these roster moves pay off, and both the buyers and sellers win, however, things also don’t go as planned in some cases, like this season with the Kansas City Royals and Minnesota Twins.

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At the trade deadline, the Kansas City Royals, who are trying to get back into the playoffs after a two-year absence since they won the World Series in 2015, felt they had a chance to make the playoffs and actively tried to improve the team through trades.

With two weeks left in the season, the Royals find themselves on the outside looking in and will need a miracle to make the playoffs as they are 4.5 games behind the Twins, who currently hold the final Wildcard spot.

The Twins, on the other hand, thought they wouldn’t make the playoffs and decided to get rid of some players. However, the Twins found a way to turn things around and has a good chance to make the playoffs with a 1.5 game lead over the Los Angeles Angels.

In 2015, the Toronto Blue Jays thought they had no chance of making the playoffs also, and decided to make a few roster changes. Alex Anthopoulos, the team’s general manager, brought in Ben Revere, Troy Tulowitzki, David Price, and some bullpen help, and the team went from 50-51 before the trade, and finished 43-18, and won the AL East crown. This season, there haven’t been any trades that had the same type of impact as the trades Toronto made in 2015.

This season, there haven’t been any trades that had the same type of impact as the trades Toronto made in 2015.

The Royals were 55-49 at the trade deadline and held on to the final Wildcard spot in the AL. At the time of their trades, the team was more focused on catching the Cleveland Indians and winning the AL Central than they were on clinching a Wild Card spot.

However, since August, the team has gone 18-27, which is the 4th worst of all MLB teams, and they have also relinquished their Wildcard spot to the Minnesota Twins, who have gone 28-18 during the same stretch.

It is somehow ironic that these two teams are heading in opposite directions especially after the moves they made. The Royals traded for Melky Cabrera, hoping he can give them another reliable bat, especially since Alex Gordon was in a slump.

The Royals also brought in pitchers Trevor Cahill, Brandon Maurer, and Ryan Buchter. The new arms didn’t improve the performance of their bullpen, which was something the team was counting on them to do.

The Royals should also have taken a deeper look into Cabrera’s past, if they did, they likely would have passed on him.

In 2012, while he was a member of the San Francisco Giants, Cabrera was suspended by the league for using performance-enhancing drugs. After he returned from the suspension, the Giants left him off their playoff roster and went on to win the World Series.

The following season, the Blue Jays signed him as a free agent and went 157-167 with Cabrera on the team. After they let him go, the team made the playoffs the next two seasons.

Even though the trade deadline deals haven’t had the impact that was expected for some teams, others have benefited from it and are hoping the deals they made can help them get to the World Series.

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Clayton Richer
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Clayton Richer is an MLB scribe from north of the border with a slight bias for the Toronto Blue Jays. Clayton has also been the shop-keeper at Baseball Hot Corner since the sites inception in 2012. Follow and interact with Clayton on Twitter @MLBHotCorner or @ClaytonRicher

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