The Kansas Metropolis Royals are touring to Toronto tomorrow to start a collection towards the Blue Jays however will probably be with out a good portion of their common roster. 

The crew introduced to reporters, together with Alec Lewis of The Athletic, that 10 gamers will probably be positioned on the restricted listing. Since unvaccinated vacationers should not allowed to cross the Canada-U.S. border, it’s develop into frequent for groups to put a handful of gamers on the restricted listing earlier than taking part in in Toronto. Nonetheless, the amount and high quality of the Royals gamers included is noteworthy. The complete listing of names: Andrew Benintendi, Whit Merrifield, Hunter Dozier, Cam Gallagher, MJ Melendez, Brady Singer, Brad Keller, Kyle Isbel, Michael A. Taylor and Dylan Coleman.

Benintendi is without doubt one of the high commerce chips this yr, as he’s an impending free agent having a very good season for a noncompetitive crew. Benintendi is strolling in 10.2 p.c of his plate appearances whereas placing out simply 14 p.c of the time and hitting .317/.386/.401 on the yr. That quantities to a wRC+ of 127, or 27 p.c above league common. With the Royals at the moment 35-53, a file worse than all American League groups apart from the A’s, they stand out as apparent deadline sellers.

Two weeks in the past, it was reported that the Blue Jays had been among the many groups considering buying Benintendi, which was a reasonably logical match. Benintendi bats from the left aspect, whereas the Blue Jays have a right-handed heavy lineup. They acquired outfielder Raimel Tapia from the Rockies in an offseason commerce as a approach to attempt to stability issues out. Sadly, he’s hit simply .263/.289/.375 for an 84 wRC+ this yr. Swapping Benintendi into Tapia’s function as a part of an outfield/DH combine with George Springer, Teoscar Hernández and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. would have been an easy improve. Nonetheless, this information would appear to roughly get rid of the probabilities of such a deal coming collectively since Benintendi would solely be obtainable to the Blue Jays for highway video games.

Within the quick time period, the Royals must discover replacements for these gamers so as get by means of the upcoming four-game collection towards the Blue Jays, which begins tomorrow. The corresponding strikes should not identified at the moment.

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