The Detroit Tigers and Kansas City Royals will close out their four-game series Thursday with a premier pitching matchup. Right-hander Michael Fulmer, the 2016 American League Rookie of the Year and a plumber in Oklahoma during the offseason, will start for the Tigers. The Royals will counter with left-hander Danny Duffy, who missed five weeks with an oblique strain before returning just prior to the All-Star break.
As Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY reports, the Royals have “engaged in the bidding” for Athletics right-hander Sonny Gray. Nightengale also tweets that Kansas City will be “very aggressive” on Cardinals right-hander Lance Lynn. Kansas City, which has used 11 different starting pitchers this season, has lost its original fifth starter, Nate Karns, and one of his replacements, Matt Strahm, for the season due to injuries. For the time being, they’ve plugged veteran lefty Travis Wood into their rotation, but he’s struggled this season and has primarily been a reliever since 2015, so they’ll probably want to upgrade if they’re serious about making a late push for the AL Central title. The 27-year-old
Most reports have the Royals as buyers this trade deadline, or at least a team that will hold. But with the team slumping the last two weeks, many fans are now calling on the team to sell, and begin the rebuilding process by dealing their impending free agents - Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Lorenzo Cain, and Jason Vargas. Dayton Moore has dismissed talk of them selling by downplaying the return when trading away a “rental” player, who is only under club control for two months. Around baseball, it does seem that club control is becoming increasingly valued, and the price for two months of a good player has gone down - the recent J.D. Martinez trade is example of that. What could we expect the