It’s a trade that makes more sense for the Royals than the Padres as things currently stand, since Kansas City has been looking for pitching depth in the postseason. The Royals are only 1.5 games back from the Cleveland Indians, and with the Indians’ recent stretch of issues, it’s a smart move to shore up the Kansas City rotation and close that gap as soon as possible.
Cahill could be the fifth starter Kansas City needs right now (or even higher in the rotation than that), as he currently has a 3.69 ERA through 11 starts for the Padres. Brandon Maurer (who is a free agent after the 2019 season) has put up an ERA of 5.72 in 42 appearances, notching 20 saves. He is also sporting a 3.23 FIP and a 1.195 WHIP, so while he isn’t throwing sterling stuff this season, he could still certainly be of assistance in the Royals bullpen.
Meanwhile, lefty Ryan Buchter (a free agent after the 2021 season) has a 3.05 ERA with a 1.200 WHIP in 38.1 innings this year, and if he keeps that up, he could make an immediate impact for the Royals.
The trade makes slightly less sense for the Padres, mostly because Matt Strahm is out for the year after having undergone knee surgery for a torn patellar tendon earlier in July. However, he could help San Diego upon his return, as he’s still just 25 years old and finishing up his rookie contract. The Padres could benefit from the Royals’ desire to win now rather than keeping Strahm around for a few more years and see if it works out.
Now, it is worth pointing out that Mauer only has this year and next year left, and then the Twins are free from this monstrosity. However, Minnesota is also fighting for a playoff spot, and Cheap Infant Jerseys the well below-average Mauer is soaking up over one-fifth of the team’s $108 million Opening Day payroll by himself. If it ends up missing out because it doesn’t have the money for upgrades or Cheap Ireland Soccer Jerseys couldn’t bring in a better option than what Mauer has provided and will provide next year, this contract will be hard to overlook.