With just over 50 hours left before the trade deadline on Thursday, the Royals and Red Sox could look to match up on a deal. According to multiple reports, Kansas City is showing interest in two of Boston's pitchers: John Lackey (via Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com) and Andrew Miller (per Rob Bradford of WEEI.com).
Lackey, who is also drawing interest from the Dodgers and multiple other teams now that the Sox have made it clear that he is available, would be a perfect fit for a Royals team that does not have much payroll flexibility. The right-hander is due just over $5 million for the rest of the year and will be paid $500K for his services next season, meaning that Kansas City can get a solid rotation piece for a year and two months for roughly $5.5 million.
Miller is drawing interest from plenty of teams as one of the best relievers available, and has also been linked to the Braves, Pirates and Dodgers in recent days. The left-hander would likely just be a rental for the Royals, who would be unlikely to re-sign him to a big-money multi-year deal in the offseason.
Bradford adds that the Royals' reported interest in Jonny Gomes has waned, so the teams are unlikely to match up on a deal that includes the outfielder. The Mariners and Braves are among the teams that would seem to be good fits for Gomes, who is a free agent after the year.