Phillies trade rumors: Royals scouting Phillies farm system

KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 05: Dayton Moore, left, general manager of the Kansas City Royals talks with owner and Chief Executive Officer David Glass during batting practice at Kauffman Stadium on September 5, 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Reed Hoffmann/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 05: Dayton Moore, left, general manager of the Kansas City Royals talks with owner and Chief Executive Officer David Glass during batting practice at Kauffman Stadium on September 5, 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Reed Hoffmann/Getty Images) /
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A potential Mike Moustakas trade could be on the way for the Phillies

With a month until the trade deadline, the Kansas City Royals are reportedly scouting the Phillies farm system. Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports one of his sources says the two organizations are having ongoing trade discussions, and Kansas City has been watching the Phillies minor leaguers.

Moustakas is on a one-year deal with a mutual option for 2019 worth $15 million that includes a $1 million buyout.

Philadelphia has been in talks with multiple teams regarding upgrades to the hot corner, including Toronto, Baltimore, Texas, and Kansas City. Each of those four teams has a veteran third baseman on an expiring contract, something Phillies GM Matt Klentak says won’t prevent the team from making a deal.

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Maikel Franco has seemingly fallen out of favor with the coaching staff, and J.P. Crawford is on the disabled list for the second time this season.

A two-time All-Star with the Royals, Moustakas is hitting .258 with 15 home runs, 50 RBI, and an even 2:1 BB/K ratio.

His numbers aren’t dramatically different from Franco, who is also hitting .258 but with 10 home runs and 38 RBI.

Here are their slash lines compared, which again aren’t all that different:

Moustakas: .258/.313/.467/.780

Franco: . 258/.299/..442/.741

The power numbers are what sway the slugging percentage up for Moustakas, but on-base wise it’s not a major difference.

Where Philadelphia would get a major upgrade if they bring in Moustakas is with WAR, or wins above replacement. Franco is sporting a -0.4 WAR compared to Moustakas’s 1.4 WAR. Moustakas’ WAR is 15th among third baseman, while Franco’s is last among qualifying third basemen.

Considering Moustakas is a rental player Philadelphia shouldn’t have to give a major piece of their farm system up to acquire him. Franco could be part of a deal that includes a mid-level pitching prospect such as Franklyn Kilome or Cole Irvin.

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