NATIONAL HARBOR — The logical move for the Royals would be to trade two of their potential free agents, center fielder Lorenzo Cain and closer Wade Davis. Jarrod Dyson could replace Cain, Kelvin Herrera could replace Davis, and the Royals still could be quite competitive in 2017.
But that isn’t the only possible solution. It can’t be the only possible solution. The Royals are in a bind that everyone saw coming, a bind they will need to address, if not at the winter meetings, then certainly between now and the non-waiver trade deadline on Aug. 1.
Four prominent Royals in addition to Cain and Davis are entering their free-agent years — first baseman Eric Hosmer, third baseman Mike Moustakas, shortstop Alcides Escobar and left-hander Danny Duffy.
The Royals, according to major-league sources, will be open-minded in trade discussions on all of those players — well, maybe not so much on Hosmer — as well as longer-term assets such as right-handers Yordano Ventura and Ian Kennedy. (Kennedy, if he opts out after next season and receives a $6 million buyout, would forfeit three guaranteed years worth $49 million.)
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