The Royals are dangling closer Jonathan Broxton as the trade deadline starts to appear on the radar.
Meanwhile the Cardinals seem like they could use a pretty serious bullpen boost.
I wonder if the clubs could get together on a deal that would give the Birds a pretty nice back end of the rotation arm without breaking the prospect bank.
Kansas City is said to want a major league player in exchange for Broxton. I wonder if they would have any interest in Tyler Greene.
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Yunieski Betancourt currently holds down second base for the Royals. The 30 year old is hitting .248 with six homers, 20 runs scored and 30 RBIs on a one-year contract. He's got decent pop for a middle infielder but he doesn't hit for a very high average and his glove isn't so hot.
Tyler Greene might benefit greatly from playing in a lower pressure environment and from playing every day. The guys got a ton of talent and at some point someone is going to have to figure out a way to turn it into reality or else it's going to be too late.
Broxton isn't the guy he used to be with the Dodgers. But he's got 21 saves, a 1.99 ERA and 1.33 walks and hits allowed per nine innings. He's be a good set-up man and an insurance policy against injury or meltdown by Jason Motte. He's making $4 million on a one-year deal, so even if the Birds picked up the entirety of the remainder of his contract, it wouldn't be a bank breaker.
Greene wouldn't be a huge loss to the major league team because he's out of options and he's failed to seize the starting second base job in St. Louis. Daniel Descalso and Skip Schumaker can hold down the job until prosptect Kolten Wong is ready for the major leagues.
If Greene sounds like to little, I'm not so sure. He'd give the Royals a lot of talent for the money -- and cost is a huge factor in Kansas City. Meanwhile, I think mid level talent is going to command a lot less in return than it has in the past because of changes in the rules that don't allow the recipient of rental players to receive draft pick compensation if they're let go as free agents.