The Chicago Cubs are reportedly talking to the Kansas City Royals about left-handed pitcher Danny Duffy, along with right-handed closer Wade Davis, club officials told Sean Sears of Sports Mockery. It had already been previously reported that the Cubs were among the teams that have inquired about Davis.
Jon Morosi of MLB Network previously reported that the Royals had been "gauging interest" on the soon-to-be 28-year-old southpaw. Morosi notes that teams that don't want to pay the high price for Chicago White Sox' ace Chris Sale may find it easier to try to land Duffy in a trade.
Duffy had a successful 2016 season with the Royals after starting off the season in the team's bullpen. In 179 and 2/3 innings pitched last season, he posted a 12-3 record, along with a 3.51 ERA, 3.83 FIP and a 3.79 xFIP, over 42 appearances (26 starts). Despite recording a 2.8 fWAR, he accumulated a 1.35 HR/9 after allowing 27 home runs.
Over his six-year big league career (all seasons with Kansas City), Duffy is the owner of a 36-33 record, along with a 3.71 ERA, in 623 innings pitched over 134 appearances (106 starts). As reported earlier, he has also accepted a bid to pitch for Team USA in next spring's World Baseball Classic.