The Kansas City Royals have started the season 33-62, falling 26.5 games behind the Minnesota Twins in the AL Central and 20.5 games out in the Wild Card race.
The Royals are out of the postseason picture, in other words, and are now ready to be sellers ahead of the MLB trade deadline, according to Mark Feinsand of MLB.com:.
Whit Merrifield is obviously the most appealing name on that list. The 30-year-old second baseman is hitting .307 with 11 homers, 45 RBI and 66 runs. But he's also under contract through the 2023 season and will make a total of $16.2 million between the 2020-23 seasons, making him a steal if his current production continues.
Soler, meanwhile, could be an intriguing option for teams looking to add some pop to their lineup, as he's hit 25 homers this year. But the 27-year-old is under contract through the 2020 campaign before becoming arbitration-eligible, so the Royals would likely need to get a sizeable return for him as well.