The Royals are looking to deal All-Star relief pitcher Wade Davis and fleet-footed outfielder Jarrod Dyson within the next week, writes Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe. Kansas City has been looking for young, controllable starting pitching, and could end up getting that in a deal for Wade Davis. Davis, 31, has had a career resurgence ever since his move to the bullpen in 2014, pitching to a 1.18 ERA from 2014 to 2016.
This has been a closer's market this off season, as many team's have been in the hunt for new closer's, or shutdown set-up pitchers. The Nationals, Marlins and Giants have been in the running for free agent closer Mark Melancon, but if one of the team's lose out on Melancon, they could turn to Wade Davis. The Red Sox could be interested in adding Davis, who would set up Craig Kimbrel in Boston. If the Dodgers fail to re-sign Kenley Jansen and fail to land flame throwing lefthander Aroldis Chapman, they could turn their attention to acquiring Wade Davis from the Royals.
Dyson, 32, has been one of the MLB's fastest players for the past 4 years. He may not draw in the same amount of interest as Wade Davis, but he could benefit a number of clubs looking for a 4th outfielder. Dyson has stolen 156 bases since the 2012 season, including a career high 36 in 2014. Dyson is not a power hitter, as he has only 7 career home runs from 2010 to 2016. The Athletics could be interested in adding Dyson, as Oakland has been interested in adding an outfielder ever since they traded away Coco Crisp and Josh Reddick this past summer.
Royals GM Dayton Moore is going to have a busy week attempting to reel in young controllable starting pitching during this week's Winter Meetings, and with a pitcher like Wade Davis, he should have no problem in doing so.