Are the Kansas City Royals willing to trade players that helped the team win a World Series in 2015? According to John Perrotto of FanRag Sports, the Royals have talked to the St. Louis Cardinals that would send Lorenzo Cain and Wade Davis to St. Louis for Kolten Wong and prospects. The Royals are open to different options at the Winter Meetings this year, and that includes trading key assets teams may have an interest in to fill their needs.
Wade Davis has been a highly discussed trade option for teams who need a closer and the Chicago Cubs are interested in him the most, but until Aroldis Chapman and Kenley Jansen are signed, the market for Davis will be on standby. The Cardinals need help in center field and Cain fits the option, but it remains to be seen which prospects they are willing to part ways with if a deal were to go through. The Royals may ask for Alex Reyes, but the Cardinals are unlikely to deal him in any trade for now, especially for rental players like Davis and Cain, and signing Dexter Fowler would be a better fit for them.
Cain, 30, hit a .287/.339/.408 slash line with nine home runs, 56 runs batted in and 14 stolen bases, but only played in 103 games because of wrist and hamstring injuries. He is owed $11 million next season and the Royals are looking to shed some payroll. The Dodgers, who may not be looking to re-sign Josh Reddick, and need outfield help may look to trade for him much like the Cardinals, who lost Matt Holliday to the Yankees.
As for Wade Davis, the market should generate soon once Chapman and Jensen are off the board despite some arm trouble in the past. In 43 and 1/3 innings, Davis saved 27 games with a 1.87 ERA and 47 strikeouts.
The 26-year-old Wong struggled to a .240/.327/.355 slash line in 121 games. He hit five home runs and drove in 23 runs over 361 plate appearances. Wong is still owed $23 million through 2021 ($12.5 million team option for 2021).null