Royals trade for Padres pitcher Trevor Cahill

Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Chris Smith looks down at the mound after giving up a home run to Toronto Blue Jays Russell Martin back left during first-inning baseball game action in Toronto Monday

Royals trade for Padres pitcher Trevor Cahill

Royals: Cahill, Maurer, Buchter acquired from Padres DETROIT - The contending Kansas City Royals have acquired three pitchers from the San Diego Padres, getting starter Trevor Cahill, closer Brandon Maurer and reliever Ryan Buchter.

Cahill was traded to the Royals on Monday, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports.

Kansas City Royals pitcher Travis Wood throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins, Sunday, July 2, 2017, in Kansas City, Mo.

Maurer has saved 33 games for the Padres over the past two seasons, including 20 this year.

Buchter is 3-3 with one save and a 3.05 ERA in 42 games.

For a Royals team battling to earn a postseason berth this season, the deal should help solidify the pitching staff.

Dennis Lin of The San Diego Union Tribune also reported that as part of the deal, the Royals will pay all of Wood's salary for this year and the next.

Kansas City was in the market for pitching, but doesn't have the prospects to compete with other teams' farm systems for the most elite options. The Dodgers lead the majors with a 68-31 record and are atop the NL West standings by 10 games. So he's not almost as bad as his ERA looks. He did have a 1.23 ERA in 22 innings last season, though, so it's possible the Padres get some value here.

In the case of Buchter, he too is a controllable reliever who should provide further depth out of the Royals' bullpen. This season, in 24 appearances (three starts), he was 2-5 with a 5.45 ERA, although opposing batters hit just.236 against him. Greg Holland and Wade Davis are no longer on the team. His FIP is 3.39 so indications are his ERA is about where it should be within reason, and with the added benifit of the Royals defense, he should do well in Kansas City provided he stays off of the DL.

Garcia is 4-7 with a 4.30 ERA, 41 walks and 85 strikeouts in 18 starts for the Braves this year.

With just a week to go until the non-waiver trade deadline, the action continued yesterday evening, as the Royals and Padres made an interesting six-player swap.

At the moment, the Kansas City Royals rotation will consist of Cahill, Danny Duffy, Jason Hammel, Ian Kennedy, and Jason Vargas and the bullpen now has names like Scott Alexander, Kelvin Herrera, Mike Minor, Peter Moylan, and Joakim Soria.

A majority of Royals fans are likely rejoicing.

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