January 21, 2021

The Best and Worst Trade of the Decade for the Kansas City Royals (Baseball Essential)


Aside from 2014 and 2015, the last decade has been dreadful for the Kansas City Royals. Their Cinderella run in 2014 ended in a World Series defeat by the hands of the San Francisco Giants. But the following year the Royals once again returned to the Fall Classic, winning it this time around. They have failed to have a winning season since, including two consecutive 100-plus loss seasons in 2018 and 2019.

To make two consecutive World Series appearances, the Royals front office had to make important trades to strengthen their roster such as acquiring Lorenzo Cain and Alcides Escobar from the Milwaukee Brewers in the 2010 offseason. Although the team is struggling now, there was a lot of strategy behind their rise to being a World Series contender. Their roster was totally stripped after their World Series title, though, losing numerous key pieces in the coming years such as Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Cain, and Ben Zobrist.

One bright spot for the Royals has been Jorge Soler, who had a breakout year in 2019. He hit a career-high 48 home runs, which lead the American League. The Royals added a few pieces this offseason such as former Philadelphia Phillies third baseman Maikel…

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