OAKLAND, CA - APRIL 11: Pitcher Jonathan Broxton #51 of the Kansas City Royals reacts in the 12th inning during their game against the Oakland Athletics at O.co Coliseum on April 11, 2012 in Oakland, California. Broxton hit two batters, one to load to the bases and the next one scored the winning run for the Oakland Athletics. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Royals Trade Rumors: Kansas City Likely To Be Sellers At Deadline

The Royals have a few veterans who could be moved by the MLB trade deadline at the right price.

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MLB Trade Rumors: At Least 4 Royals Available, According To Report

Monday was a busy trade day across MLB. The Royals are looking to make some more moves, and have plenty of big-leaguers available, according to FOX's Ken Rosenthal.

Jonathan Broxton has 22 saves and a 2.34 ERA this year and nearly was an All-Star. Jose Mijares has posted a 1.72 ERA in 46 appearances. Jeff Francoeur is hitting .247 with eight home runs. Yuniesky Betancourt is hitting .245 with seven home runs.

This was supposed to be a season in which the Royals could take a step forward and perhaps finish around .500. But they've been going through just another disappointing season, currently sitting fourth in the AL Central at 40-54.

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MLB Trade Rumors: Royals Interest In Paul Maholm Makes Sense

The Kansas City Royals definitely need to find help any way they can get it, and it's likely to take trading prospects they've stored up to find the answers that they need. The team has reportedly been checking out options that make sense for the next couple of seasons, and the Chicago Cubs have been mentioned on multiple occasions for Matt Garza. But the Cubs have another starter who makes sense in Paul Maholm -- and he'd come much cheaper than Garza.

Of course, Garza is definitely the better pitcher and Maholm has been league average for most of his career. However the Royals lack even a few of those types of pitchers so Maholm would definitely serve as an upgrade of some kind. He'd also come at a nice cost to KC.

Mark Polishuk writes, "Maholm has about $1.97MM still owed to him in 2012 under the one-year deal he signed in January. The contract also contains a $6.5MM option for 2013 which could be a key factor for the Royals, who are known to be looking for veteran pitchers who are controllable past 2012."

The Royals will get some arms healthy and some prospects to move up in 2013, but the team is still a long way from feeling good about their rotation. Adding a piece this summer makes sense as the team begins to gel for the long haul.

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MLB Trade Rumors: Giants Reportedly Interested In Royals Closer Jonathan Broxton

The Kansas City Royals are likely to move a veteran piece or two if the price is right before the upcoming MLB Trade Deadline at the end of July given the state that the team is in relative to the AL Central and other wild card playoff possibilities. While they might buy a starting pitcher for the long run, they're liable to deal a reliever signed to a one-year deal like Jonathan Broxton to a playoff contender, and the San Francisco Giants are reportedly checking him out.

The Giants are not the only team interested in Broxton, since he's rumored to the Mets every week or so. Mark Polishuk has the latest form MLB Trade Rumors:

The Giants have "heavily scouted" the Cubs' and Royals' Triple-A teams. The latter could be related to a possible move for Jonathan Broxton, who Baggarly says the Giants would be interested in "if the price drops." The Mets are one of several teams who are reportedly interested in acquiring Broxton.

Perhaps the Giants could trade Melky Cabrera back. Or, on a serious note, the Royals could definitely command a decent prospect back from San Francisco given Broxton's great season so far in 2012. Anything helps and, at this point, Broxton has no lasting value for the team if he's not going to be around in 2013.

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MLB Trade Rumors: Royals Interested In Cubs' Paul Maholm

The Cubs are shopping their top players for young talent, and the Royals have an abundance of young talent.

Chicago starter Paul Maholm is getting interest from the Royals, according to ESPN Chicago.

The Pirates, Maholm's former team, and Kansas City have interest in the crafty pitcher, according to major league sources.

The Royals haven't been considered buyers at the trade deadline for some time, and the struggles this season mean the Royals are going all-in or anything, but Maholm would be a solid addition to a rotation that has problems.

The 30-year-old has allowed one earned run or fewer in his last three starts. On the season, Maholm is 7-6 with a 4.33 ERA. He signed a one-year deal with the Cubs in January, but has a team option for 2013. MLB Trade Rumors broke down the money.

Maholm has about $1.97 (million) still owed to him in 2012 under the one-year deal he signed in January. The contract also contains a $6.5 (million) option for 2013 which could be a key factor for the Royals, who are known to be looking for veteran pitchers who are controllable past 2012.

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Jonathan Broxton Trade Rumors: Los Angeles Angels 'Could' Have Interest

The Kansas City Royals may or may not trade closer Jonathan Broxton, but it looks like they'll have at least a few suitors if they decide to move the burly closer for a prospect package.

The New York Mets have been rumored to be interested in Broxton, as the Mets look to make the playoffs for the first time since moving into Citi Field in 2009. The latest team to be interested in Broxton, though, is an American League team -- the Los Angeles Angels.

It's unknown what level of interest the Angels have, but Danny Knobler of CBS Sports speculates that the Angels, who are looking for relief help, could very well be interested in landing Broxton.

Even as they continue to seek a high-end upgrade for their rotation, the Angels are letting it be known that they have some concerns about their bullpen, as well.

They had interest in Matt Capps before he went back on the disabled list with the Twins. They have also talked to the Nationals, and could have interest in Jonathan Broxton, as well.

Broxton spent his career with the Los Angeles Dodgers prior to coming to Kansas City, so a return home to the Los Angels area would probably be welcomed by him.

Of course, Knobler is merely speculating, but it does make some degree of sense as the Angels look to strengthen their chances of winning the American League West.

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MLB Trade Rumors: Broxton To Mets Talk Continues

The New York Mets are reportedly still interested in Kansas City Royals closer Jonathan Broxton as the two teams continue to talk with MLB's trade deadline fast approaching.

The Mets bullpen has been disastrous this season as the team tries to hang onto its spot on the outside edge of the NL wild card race with a 46-44 record.

Broxton, meanwhile, has pitched well in the absence of Joakim Soria, with a 1-1 record, 22 saves and a 2.14 ERA in 32 innings for the Royals this season.

The 6'4 300 right-hander is set to be a free agent, so the return on prospects won't be anything too large, but as a relief pitcher, he's fairly fungible for a Kansas City team that is at least a year away from making a run at the playoffs.

New York, meanwhile, would probably not be a buyer at all if not for the addition of a second wild card into the MLB playoffs.

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MLB Trade Rumors: Royals Could Land Matt Garza From Cubs

The report coming out of Kansas City is that the Royals are potentially looking at being a buyer in the trade market this July since the team has depth of prospects to trade and need an arm for the front of the rotation. As long as the player isn't a current half-season rental, it's possible that the team could be in on him. Matt Garza is the name that's out there now as a current possibility, but it wouldn't surprise to see the team in on others like Ricky Nolasco of the Marlins.

That said, Garza is the prize right now and he will be moved by Chicago at some point before the MLB trade deadline if the current rumors are true. Why the Royals? Matthew Leach of MLB.com gives some insight.

"Kansas City could bring in a hurler to provide some desperately needed innings this season, but also to bolster the team's rotation in 2013," said Leach. "The hope is that next year, improved health and continued development by some of the Royals' bumper crop of youngsters will add up to a very real run at a playoff spot. And if any team has prospects to deal, it's the Royals."

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Zack Greinke Rumors: Kansas City Royals Interested In Signing Greinke This Winter

Zack Greinke back with the Kansas City Royals?

Well, don't count on it Royals fans, but Kansas City management at least wants it to happen. Or at least they're pretending like they do, either one.

According to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, the Royals haven't ruled out making a run at their one-time ace when he hits the free agent market this coming winter.

Greinke said earlier in the year that he himself wouldn't rule out a return to Kansas City, and that he enjoyed his time with the Royals. Certainly, that bodes well for Kansas City.

However, Greinke is going to command a lot of money this offseason. He'll receive a longterm contract likely north of five years, and definitely north of $100 million dollars. Will the Royals be able to afford that and rebuild?

Further, Greinke wants to play for a winner. The Royals, as currently constructed, are not a winner, and they are not a Greinke away from contention next year. It's likely that the Royals will be competing with teams such as the Texas Rangers, St. Louis Cardinals and maybe the Los Angeles Angels in free agency this winter -- all teams who stand a better chance of winning in the immediate future.

We'll see how the whole Greinke saga plays out, but the next chapter has to be written first, as the Brewers will likely trade their ace prior to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

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MLB Trade Rumors: New York Mets Interested In Jonathan Broxton

It was never likely that Jonathan Broxton would be in Kansas City for more than a year, and now it's looking likely that Broxton won't make it through a full season in a Royals uniform.

The Royals have made it known that they're willing to trade Broxton, who has been serving as Kansas City's closer after Joakim Soria was lost to Tommy John surgery. According to a FOX Sports report, It appears that the Royals have at least one known suitor for Broxton: the New York Mets.

Jon Paul Morosi notes that the Mets have the worst bullpen ERA in the majors. New York closer Frank Francisco has been inconsistent this year, and is currently on the disabled list with an oblique injury. New York's interest in Broxton is logical, given that the Mets are trying to be competitive for the first time in their new ballpark, which opened in 2009.

To date, Broxton has saved 21 games and has a 1.99 ERA. Broxton, though, hasn't been as dominant as he was with the Dodgers, as he's struck out just 23 in 31 and 2/3 innings of work.

Broxton rumors will likely heat up as it gets closer to the July 31 deadline, but the Mets are one of the more logical choices for Broxton's services -- should the Royals move him.

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MLB Trade Rumors: Jonathan Broxton Could Land Royals Unexpected Assets

With the MLB trade deadline approaching at the end of this month, Kansas City Royals' closer Jonathan Broxton is reportedly on the market. SB Nation's Grant Brisbee had some thoughts on the Broxton trade market today over at Baseball Nation, and he thinks the Royals have put themselves in an excellent position by making something out of nothing.

Bullpens are one of the most unpredictable parts of baseball. One man's trash can quickly become another man's treasure, as generally second-rate arms put together a good season one year and implode the next. Broxton seemed to be a downward trend this offseason, but Brisbee writes that the Royals now have a chance to add some nice assets:

And that means things are looking up for the Royals, Astros, Padres ... heck, maybe even the Twins, if Matt Capps gets back before the deadline. Baseball's an unfair game, but every so often, a team that needs a break can find one when they trade a reliever at the deadline. Six months ago, would you have thought you'd read an article about the burgeoning Jonathan Broxton trade market? Of course not. That's the point.

It's a good break for Kansas City as bullpen arms are always in demand at the deadline, as would-be contenders try to shore up the weak spots on their roster.

For more on the Royals and the Broxton trade rumors, visit Royals Review. For all your MLB news as the trade deadline approaches, stick with Baseball Nation.

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