The Kansas City Royals are having a subpar season at the moment with a 23-21 record after the first seven weeks of the 2016 season. According to the latest MLB rumors, the Royals are looking to improve their offense and they are interested in Cincinnati Reds right fielder Jay Bruce.
The defending World Series champions are currently 14th in the American League in runs scored and home runs this season. They are also in need of a left-handed batter who can also platoon with Kendrys Morales as the team’s designated hitter.
The Royals have used both Paulo Orlando and Jarrod Dyson at the right field, but acquiring Bruce from the Reds could be a better solution. The 29-year-old is currently batting .264 with eight home runs and 28 RBIs in 40 games played.
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According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, Kansas City is interested in trading for Bruce despite their financial issues. The left-handed right fielder is set to make $8 million this season and he can be bought out next year for only $1 million.
Bruce could also be targeted by the Los Angeles Angels, as well as the Philadelphia Phillies. The Royals could also try and trade for the Atlanta Braves’ Nick Markakis but he is still owed $22 million for the next two seasons.
ESPN noted that the Reds have made Bruce available since the offseason with the Toronto Blue Jays close to acquiring him during spring training. The Royals could also use him at the moment because right fielder Alex Gordon is scheduled to miss three to four weeks due to a broken hand.
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On the other hand, Cincinnati is one of the worst teams in baseball with a 15-30 record. They are ready to start their rebuilding process and unloading the contract of Bruce for a couple of prospects will be a good start.
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