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Which Royals offer the most trade value this offseason?

Rustin Dodd, The Kansas City Star on

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Free agent: 2019

The value: There's not much right now. The Royals would likely need to eat some salary to move his contract this offseason. He has been a durable No. 5 starter. Perhaps he performs well over the season's first half.

-- 9. Joakim Soria

Contract status: One year, $9 million ($1 million buyout in 2019)

Free agent: 2019

The value: Similar to Hammel, Soria is a free agent at the end of the year. His value could be minimal, given his recent performance. But throw in enough money, and the Royals might be able to dump some of his contract and take a flier on a younger arm.

-- 10 (tie). Nathan Karns

Contract status: One year, $1.4 million (arbitration projection)

Free agent: 2021

 

The value: Karns must prove he's healthy after season-ending surgery to address thoracic outlet syndrome. But he's under club control for three more seasons after being acquired for Jarrod Dyson before 2017. He was 2-2 with a 3.43 ERA in eight starts last season before being sidelined by arm issues. If he replicates those numbers during the first half in 2018, he would shoot up this list.

-- 10 (tie). Brandon Maurer

Contract status: One year, $3.8 million (arbitration projection)

Free agent: 2020

The value: Perhaps some team would be intrigued by Mauer's pure stuff. The Royals certainly were. But after he posted a 6.52 ERA in 591/3 innings last year, his value is close to nil. That could change with a strong first half.

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