Starting pitcher Yordano Ventura is reportedly being shopped by the Kansas City Royals after his actions caused a brawl with the Baltimore Orioles. According to the latest MLB rumors, the Boston Red Sox may be interested in acquiring Ventura from the Royals.
As mentioned in a previous report, the Red Sox have been a good team to start the season but their pitching is still very shaky. Boston is only two games behind first place in the AL East standings and David Price will likely get out of his bad form but the team needs additional starting pitching.
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Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reported on Wednesday that Royals general manager Dayton Moore is quietly shopping Ventura. The 25-year-old fireballer but hot-headed pitcher started a brawl with the Orioles on Tuesday.
Ventura threw a fastball straight to Orioles 3B Manny Machado, who rushed the mound and punched the Dominican pitcher. It caused a brawl that caused both players to be suspended and fined.
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However, it seems like the Royals have had enough of Ventura’s actions, as well as his temper. MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan refuted the report of Passan but FOX Sports writer Ken Rosenthal confirmed that Ventura is wanted out of Kansas City.
According to Christopher Smith of Mass Live, the Red Sox should consider acquiring Ventura from the Royals. He noted that the right-handed pitcher is locked up in a reasonable contract and he still has the potential to be a better player.
He has a career record of 31-23 with a 3.87 ERA but he has also started several brawls in his young career. There is a rumor that he wants to bean Jose Bautista the next time they play the Toronto Blue Jays.
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Nonetheless, these are all speculations but expect both teams to at least try to make some moves before the trade deadline. The Royals need to defend their World Series championship while the Red Sox have a legit chance to make the postseason.
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