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While the Royals have already made some additions to their 2021 team, they have some expiring contracts that they might want to get rid of and the Braves could be a potential match. The Royals farm system is in the top 10, is about ready to produce MLB fruit, but they’re still one year away. Let’s get shopping. As with all of these pieces, I’ll be using the MLB Trade Simulator to evaluate the trades.
Trade Value of Salvador Perez
If you want a guy that takes a walk, then step right up to someone other than Salvador Perez. A lifetime 3.4% BB rate is criminal, but the bat is pretty legit and while the framing is less than spectacular, the rest of the defense has been pretty good. However, he did have Tommy John surgery in March of 2019 and his caught stealing rate dropped drastically, but it’s hard to know if it was the arm, the lack of a full recovery, a small sample, or that the arm will never be the same. Perez is owed $14.2MM and the trade simulator values him at +9.8MM.
Trade Value of Jorge Soler
Soler had a monstrous 2019 and a very okay 2020. The okay part was due to a serious K-rate spike. If anything, we as Braves fans should have faith that Kevin Seitzer can help a broken hitter return to glory, especially if said problem is contact based. Soler, like Marcell Ozuna, isn’t someone that should be playing a whole lot in the field, so this trade makes more sense if the DH is decided to be a go for the NL. Soler is owed $8.05MM and is value at +$2.4MM.
*For clarification’s sake, I’ll say that this trade makes little sense considering the Braves non-tendered Adam Duvall, but I’ll admit Braves player valuations are likely different than mine.
Fake Trade Number 1
Breakdown: There are numerous ways a Perez trade could go, but Royals would rather get 2 higher end prospects over a bunch of middling prospects. Tucker and Shewmake fit that description. Personally, I don’t like this trade and hope that the Braves give the backup job to William Contreras.
Fake Trade Number 2
- Braves get Jorge Soler
- Royals get Tucker Davidson
Breakdown: As stated in the first fake trade, the Royals are ready to bust through in the minors and Tucker, or other’s valued similar, would be the types of targets they’d prefer.
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