So, adding Estrada might not be a bad idea. He’s having a rough 2017, with his ERA at 5.33, but otherwise his surface numbers look pretty similar to his last two seasons, which were pretty good. The difference is that Estrada is allowing far more hits this year, so even though he’s also racking up more strikeouts, the change from unhittable guy except for when he’s giving up homers to guy who gives up hits before he gives up homers has been a tough one.
However, this combined with it being the last year of his contract with the Blue Jays means he should be relatively cheap for the Royals, who are three games back of the AL Central lead but are also under .500. They should invest in improving for the second half, but they also probably shouldn’t go overboard and unload any future assets they might have especially since there aren’t that many. Estrada is a potential change-of-scenery guy who could benefit from pitching in a weaker division and more pitcher-friendly park, especially with his home run tendencies.
That’s not to say Kansas City has a perfect roster. Their starting pitching is still abysmal (even with the excellent play the last two months, the rotation has posted a 4.73 ERA), with the lineup and bullpen doing all of the work for them.
hey don’t have much in the way of assets to trade in order to improve in the future, given their farm system is a wreck and they need the good players they already have in the majors. If they can find a way to upgrade on Alcides Escobar at shortstop, though, and keep searching for starting pitchers who would benefit from playing in pitcher-friendly Kauffman, then they should come out of the deadline stronger than they went into it.