Will the New York Yankees talk potential trade deals with the Royals this week?

New York Yankees, Brian Cashman

The New York Yankees are feeling pretty decent right now after their recent 5-1 stretch. That stretch was much needed as the bombers looked horrendous for much of the last month. Fans began to grow increasingly frustrated with the struggling team who fell to fourth place for a time.

The Yankees recent stretch has everyone feeling a little better, but there’s still a ways to go before we start feeling good about this ballclub. As of this morning, the bombers are still in 3rd place in the division. If the season ended today, they’d be going home.

Starting tonight, The Kansas City Royals are coming to New York for a three-game series. The Royals are currently 32-38 so this looks like it could be another great opportunity for the Yankees to pickup another series victory as they try to chip away at the division.

While a focus will certainly be on the games against the Royals, I can’t help but think that Brian Cashman and his team might do some scouting this week. Perhaps, the Yankees could also do a little talking with Dayton Moore and the Royals front office.

Is a Yankees and Royals trade in the cards?

It’s no secret that there are holes with this Yankees team. The club needs a little help as they gear up towards the second half of the season. There are still big questions in the outfield and the starting rotation.

There are also questions at first base with Luke Voit’s inability to stay on the field this season. The Royals do not look like a team that will make a run for the playoffs. You could see them sell off some pieces at the deadline as they prep for the future.

With that, the Yankees could take advantage. A couple of names that were being whispered about earlier in the season were Danny Duffy and Andrew Benintendi. Duffy is having a career season on the mound with a 1.94 ERA. However, recent injuries have given teams pause on acquiring him.

Duffy is set to be a free agent after the season so if he can come back healthy, he could be an option for the Yankees before the deadline. Benintendi would help the Yankees in the outfield and on the left side of the plate. However, a recent crack to his rib also might take him off the table.

Other trade options

Another name being floated around is Michael Taylor. Taylor is also set to be a free agent after the season and would by far be the cheapest acquisition the Yankees could make from Kansas City.

Taylor could help the bombers out in the outfield given all the issues the team has had there. A name that has been floated around for the last couple of years is Whit Merrifield. Merrifield can play all around the infield and the outfield.

He’s led the majors in hits a couple of times and would be a major acquisition for the Yankees. However, Dayton Moore has said over the last couple of years that he doesn’t want to part with Merrifield as he sees Whit as a guy to build around for the future.

Mike Minor could be a guy the Yankees look at for the rotation and Carlos Santana could be another name to watch. There’s no smoke around any of these players right now, but these are all potential targets depending on what Brian Cashman decides

New York Yankees To Face Off Against Dull Kansas City Bats (Game 2)

While I wait impatiently for the lineup for tonight’s New York Yankees game against the Kansas City Royals to be posted, I’ll give you a little advanced scouting on KC’s hitting (or lack thereof). I’m only doing this to prove a point: STRIKEOUTS ARE NOT THAT BAD, AND BATTING AVERAGE DOESN’T MATTER. Whenever I hear Aaron Judge‘s or Giancarlo Stanton‘s strikeout tendencies being used in a negative light, I cringe. Here’s why.

The Royals lineup is below average at best. They can hit for average as they currently are tied for 4th in the league with a .260 team BA. Another thing they do well is avoiding the strikeout. With a team total of 302 K’s, they have the lowest number in the league. The problem is that this ability to hit for average and put the ball in play hasn’t gotten them anywhere, as they rank 23rd with only 173 runs scored. A big reason for this is a way-too-big chunk of their hits are singles. The Royals are 5th worst in the majors with just 117 extra base hits.

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Watch Salvador Perez ground into an inning-ending double play:

Despite that low OPS, they have been somewhat adept at getting on base somehow, as they rank 13th in baseball with a .323 OBP. That isn’t because of plate discipline, however. Their 7.6% walk rate circles the drain among the league’s worst, ranking 26th in that category. Probably the most deflating aspect of this offense the fact that they lead the league in double plays grounded into, as well as doing so with runners in scoring position.

The lineup itself isn’t exactly a barren wasteland, with 5 regulars hitting above .270. On the other hand, they have only one player with double digit homers (Mike Moustakas – 10 HR), and only two with an OPS north of .800 (Moustakas and Jorge Soler). They rank 18th in OPS, 17th in wOBA, and 21st in wRC+.

What this all boils down to is the Royals offense just wants to put the ball in play. Just make contact! No free outs! Good ol’ fashioned baseball! That doesn’t work anymore though, fellas. The better hitting teams have finally gotten on board with the notion that if you focus on hitting for power by working the count, waiting for a better strike to hit, and swinging at that strike with an upward trajectory to produce a higher launch angle, you will win ballgames. You will definitely strikeout more, but you’ll walk more as well, and in the end you’ll score more runs.

Or you could be like the Royals, let opposing pitchers go deep into games with lower pitch counts, kill rallies with double play balls instead of the K, and find your team near or at the bottom of the worst division in baseball.