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Wilson Betemit and Melky Cabrera could be moving at the trade deadline.
The trade deadline always comes at the perfect time. After the excitement of the All-Star game, when pitchers are looking weary and line-ups seem stale, fans get the TRADE DEADLINE, full of endless opportunities.
Sure, the deadline is usually anti-climactic, but those weeks of speculation can be some of the most fun days of the season.
And, as a Royals fan, we have the added bonus of enjoying a potentially busy trading season. If nothing else, it will be a busy time for speculators everywhere.That's because several Royals may be on the move in the coming month.
First and foremost on that list is Wilson Betemit, who has done nothing but exceed expectations in the year and change he's played with the Royals. He's played third base and first base this season, has a .287 average, .754 OPS, and is on the books for just a $1 million salary. He'll have suitors.
But with Mike Moustakas in the majors, Betemit's role has been reduced. Since June 9th, he's only played in two games. While his low salary still gives him value, every day he sits on the bench is another day that he can't be scouted. I'd look for the Royals to make a move sooner rather than later in the hot stove season.
Melky Cabrera is another candidate to get moved, if only because center fielder of the future Lorenzo Cain has been terrorizing the minor leagues at AAA Omaha. He's now hitting .304 with eight home runs, 18 doubles and an .880 OPS. He's ready for the big leagues.
But Melky has done well in his own right, and Ned Yost has even at least temporarily installed him as the leadoff hitter. Cabrera is tied for the team lead with nine home runs, and has also stolen nine bases, with a .277 average and .755 OPS. That means that he should have value.
If you're a Cain believer like me, you're rooting for a Melky Cabrera trade to happen yesterday. But he needs to keep producing to maximize value. I, for one, will be on the edge of my seat.
Other possibilities in trades: Jeff Francis, Kyle Davies (pretty please), Jeff Francoeur or some of our prospects. I doubt that prospects are moved this season for an MLB ready arm, but that's the beauty of the trade deadline; you just never know.