Kansas City Royals showing interest in Frankie Montas
By David Hill
The Oakland A’s are going to get a lot of interest in Frankie Montas. Not only does he have the potential to be a top of the rotation starter, but he is under team control for two years. That combination can be enticing for any team looking to contend both this year and into the near future.
Montas has also drawn a surprise suitor into trade discussions. According to reports, the Kansas City Royals are looking to add the A’s starter to their rotation.
Kansas City Royals surprising entrant to Frankie Montas hunt
The Royals are not exactly a team that anyone would have anticipated as being involved in Montas’ market. They posted a 74-88 record last season and have not done much to upgrade their roster this offseason. Zack Greinke may have come home, but he is a shadow of himself at this point and more valuable as an unofficial pitching coach.
Montas would certainly be an upgrade to a Royals rotation that needs one. While they have plenty of young, highly touted arms starting to join the rotation, Kris Bubic is the only one that has really begun to establish himself at this point. The potential is there, but if Kansas City is going to contend as they are hoping to, they need to improve their pitching staff.
That is where Montas would come in. He would immediately be the ace of the Royals, a top of the rotation arm that is desperately needed. He showed his potential last season, posting a 3.37 ERA and a 1.182 WHiP in his 187 innings, striking out 207 batters with 57 walks.
The Royals do have enough in their system where they could be a match for the A’s. That is especially the case if they are willing to part with one of those young arms that debuted last season. While the result may not have been there, they are still highly regarded and could help make a deal work.
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The Kansas City Royals have emerged as a surprising entrant in the Frankie Montas hunt. They would actually be a viable trade partner for the Oakland A’s.