Kansas City Royals: Grading Trade Deadline Moves

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The trade deadline has passed, and the Kansas City Royals did not make many moves. However, they did make two trades. One with the Tampa Bay Rays, and another with the San Diego Padres, who were one of the biggest buyers during the deadline. Through these two trades, K.C. acquired a few prospects in return, which could help them in the next few years and speed up the rebuild they are currently in. Here are the grades for these two moves the Royals made during the trade deadline.

Rays Get: OF Brett Phillips

Royals Get: IF Lucius Fox

Lucius Fox hitting.

OF Brett Phillips was acquired from Milwaukee back in 2018 along with RHP Jorge Lopez for IF Mike Moustakas. Phillips was hitting .226 in 18 games during the 2020 season. IF Lucius Fox is on the 40-man roster but has been sent to the Royals’ alternate training site.

Fox is a 23-year-old, who is a native of the Bahamas. He signed with the Giants as an international free agent in 2015 and was traded to Tampa Bay a year later.

He is a switch-hitter, known for his speed, however, he has hit well at the plate in High-A. During the 2018 season at High-A Charlotte, he hit .282, with two home runs, and 30 RBIs. In 2019, he stole 37 bases in Double-A.

Grade: B-

Fox could be a solid utility infielder in the near future. He can steal bases and has solid defense. The only issue is he struggled at the plate in 2019 and probably needs to work on being a better hitter at the dish. He was a top 30 prospect in the Rays organization. He is still young and is already on the 40-man. Expect him to have a chance to make the 2021 roster.

Padres Get: RHP Trevor Rosenthal

Royals Get: OF Edward Olivares & Player To Be Named Later

Edward Olivares.

Trevor Rosenthal was on a one-year deal with the Kansas City Royals and was arguably the best relief pitcher on the market. Rosenthal is having a bounce-back campaign. This season, he has a 3.29 ERA with seven saves and 21 strikeouts in 13.2 innings, over 14 appearances. This will help the San Diego Padres make a run for the postseason and make their bullpen even stronger.

In return, the Royals will be getting a player to be named later along with OF Edward Olivares. Olivares can play all three outfield positions. This is the second Padres outfielder the Royals have acquired, as they got Franchy Cordero back in July for Tim Hill.

However, Olivares has seen MLB action. In 36 at-bats, Olivares is hitting .176/.222/.294 with one home run and three RBIs. He will be reporting to the K.C. alternate site as well. He spent the 2019 season mostly in AAA. In AAA, he hit .283, and had 18 home runs, along with 77 RBIs. Adding to that, he had a total of 35 stolen bases. As of now, he is the No. 22 prospect in the Royals’ organization.

Grade: B+

In exchange for giving up a one-year deal pitcher, Olivares has shown he can be a big-league hitter. The Royals have stocked up on pitching prospects for a while now, and Olivares is a guy who is already on the 40-man roster. He could bring some more competition into the K.C outfield. He has had limited time in the Majors, but he can get that opportunity in Kansas City.

Overall Grade: B

That was it for KC at the trade deadline. Both players the Royals acquired are under the age of 25, and have shown that they are a few steps away from the big leagues. Both have had 30 or more stolen bases in a season and playing at Kauffman Stadium, you need to be able to play that style of baseball. As the Royals showed in 2014 and 2015, they are trying to rebuild with that style of play; good pitching, solid defense, and speed.

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Nick Whyman is an editor at Overtime Heroics and has been writing for OTH since January of 2020. Whyman is also a Senior at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln majoring in Broadcasting.