Should the Royals trade Duffy?

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After being drafted by the Royals in the third round of the 2007 out of high school, Danny Duffy spent nearly three and a half years in the Royals minor league system. After the Royals called up Duffy, they never looked back. Before the Royals acquired Brad Keller from the Reds in 2017, The Royals signed Duffy to a 5-year contract extension worth $65 million dollars in 2017. This contract extension was rightly deserved after Duffy was named the Royals opening day starter for three out of the past four years and racked up the innings. This is rare for me to say this, but I don’t believe the Royals overpaid Duffy. With one year remaining on his contract entering the 2021 season, I believe the Royals should trade Duffy this upcoming offseason. If the Royals do trade Duffy, I believe they can get a decent return for him. Unfortunately, I believe the Royals will have to eat part of the $15.5 million remaining on the final year of the deal. When looking at the 2021 starting pitcher free agent market, age will be on Duffy’s side. Duffy will be 32 years old in 2021. For teams that are looking for middle of the rotation starters, they might want to take a look at Duffy. Danny Duffy’s free agent market consists of older pitchers in Jake Arrieta, Jordan Zimmermann, Jeff Samardzija, and a few others. However, Duffy can decline any trade that involves him as he is a 10-and-5 player. Immediately after Duffy signed the contract extension with the Royals, he tweeted out the following tweet: “Bury me a Royal.” It also looks like he is no longer active on Twitter. I am a fan of Danny Duffy; but, if I were the Royals, I would trade him for a decent haul of prospects with Brady Singer, Kris Bubic, and many other pitching prospects on the rise. I would also like to point out that even though Duffy is the number two guy in the Royals rotation, I would expect him to be a team’s number three starter if he were traded.

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Author: Connor Miller

I am a huge baseball fan, mainly Royals. I love writing baseball articles. I have been a Royals fan since birth. I am hoping to become a sports journalist someday.

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