Kansas City Royals
The KC Royals could make some noise in the AL playoff chase, and the Texas Rangers could trade Kyle Gibson to aid their pursuit.
Name the ace of the Kansas City Royals. You couldn’t without looking it up.
That’s what separates this team from the two in front of them (St. Louis and the Yankees).
Yes, the KC Royals swept the Texas Rangers to open the 2021 season, but these teams will only meet once more this season in Arlington.
The Royals were thought by many to be a sleeper team within the ranks of the American League, possessing enough roster firepower to make a run at a playoff spot come October.
One area where they’re lacking though: starting pitching.
KC ranks 18th in the league with a 4.34 staff ERA. Not great, and certainly not for a team that has postseason aspirations.
Ironically, Kyle Gibson was lit up by the Royals on Opening Day, but has settled into a nice groove since that debacle.
Perhaps due to this familiarity, KC would be interested in trading for Gibson, where he’d provide solid innings and production, albeit not as an ace.