Royals Are Collecting Pitchers, Trade Jay

Photo Credit: Denny Medley | USA Today Sports

by: Eric Boston @EricBoston3

The Kansas City Royals have had several weaknesses in 2018. One of the biggest areas of needed improvement is in the pitching department.

General Manager Dayton Moore has been busy addressing that need this week.

For starters, Moore used his first five picks in the MLB Draft (all fell within the first 58 picks) to add a starting rotation's worth of college arms. OTPB's own Ryan Cameron recapped the first round of the draft and gave the Royals the top grade for their first-round selections. You can read his entire take on the first round here.

While Moore added plenty of promising talent via the draft, it was apparently not enough as GMDM eyes returning to the postseason as soon as possible.

On Wednesday Moore traded veteran outfielder Jon Jay to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Jay came to Kansas City during the off-season as a free agent and was one of several names that should be available to teams looking to add to their roster. In fact, last week I wrote about how the Royals could be the team that shapes trade landscape as the calendar gets closer to the end of July. You can read my thoughts here.

In return for Jay the Royals added a pair of arms to their minor league system. LHP Gabe Speier and RHP Elvis Luciano are now sporting the Royal blue.

Kansas City has several young position players that should work their way up to the big club over the next few years. The talent is there to form another core with the ability to compete for a World Series championship. The team definitely needed to bolster their pitching prospects. It appears that Moore is taking the, amass as much quantity as possible and the law of averages should come out in your favor, approach.

One other interesting note is that with Jay no longer on the roster, manager Ned Yost started Whit Merrifield in CF. Merrifield was considered by many (including myself) as a strong option for the starting job in CF heading into the season.

Merrifield is a true utility player who can hold is own nearly anywhere on the diamond. However, the former South Carolina Gamecock said that he felt the most comfortable in center. Could we see him shift there on a more regular basis? Perhaps making a spot for a player such as Adalberto Mondesi?

One thing is certain, it seems that this trade is only the start. We can expect to see many veteran players exiting Kansas City in favor of young players as the team finally embraces a rebuild.

What do you think of the Jay trade? Which Royals player could be next to go? Give us your opinion in the comments below.

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