AL Central

MLB Trade Grade: Kansas City Royals Acquire Trevor Cahill From San Diego Padres

The Kansas City Royals and the San Diego Padres have finalized a deal that involves moves to each team’s bullpen.

Heading to the Kansas City Royals are Trevor Cahill, Brandon Maurer and Ryan Buchter. Trevor Cahill has been bouncing around the league over the past couple of years as his move to the Royals will be his 4th team since 2015. This season, Cahill is finally coming around as he is posting a 4-3 record with 3.69 ERA in 11 games this season. The Kansas City Royals were in the market to add a back end of the rotation pitcher since Nate Karns went down with thoracic outlet syndrome. Trevor Cahill will fill the void in at #5 in the rotation as Brandon Maurer and Ryan Buchter will be very useful in early inning relief.

Heading to San Diego are Matt Strahm and Travis Wood and INF Esteury Ruiz. Travis Wood and Matt Strahm are the two key additions for the Padres from Kansas City. Both players are struggling this season as Travis Wood is posting a AWFUL 6.91 ERA in 28 games as Strahm is posting an 5.45 ERA in 24 games this season. Travis Wood has primarily been working out of the bullpen this season but could be put in as the Padres #5 in their rotation, the same spot as Trevor Cahill.

Final Thoughts: This trade really benefits the Kansas City Royals more than it does the Padres. The Padres are looking like they will be becoming sellers as this trade is likely not the last trade they will do as teams are breathing down the Padres neck for Brad Hand. The Royals are right in the mix for the AL Central and needed aid in their bullpen and they found that in Buchter and Maurer but as well as liable replacement #5 in Trevor Cahill. The Padres got 2 relief pitchers who struggled this year and are hoping for a rebound with their new club, they both don’t offer much at this current state in the season.

Final Grade: Kansas City Royals: B+ | San Diego Padres: D

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