On Monday evening, news broke that the Royals had traded for pitchers Ryan Buchter, Trevor Cahill and Brandon Maurer.
The trade makes slightly less sense for the Padres, mostly because Matt Strahm is out for the year after having undergone knee surgery for a torn patellar tendon earlier in July. Cahill has thrived in his return to the rotation this season, posting a 3.69 ERA and a 72:24 K:BB in 11 starts for San Diego.
Maurer has saved 20 games this season and sports a 5.72 ERA.
Buchter, 30, owns a 3.05 ERA with a 47/18 K/BB ratio in 38 1/3 innings of relief work this season with the Padres. The Dominican Republic native signed with the Royals as an global free agent on July 3, 2015.
Kansas City was in the market for pitching, but doesn't have the prospects to compete with other teams' farm systems for the most elite options.
San Diego (43-55) is 24½ games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West. Wood has a 6.91 ERA this year, in three July starts he failed to get out of the fifth inning each appearance. He comes with two years of arbitration attached and is earning just $1.9 million this year. So he's not almost as bad as his ERA looks. This season, he was 1-3 with a 6.91 ERA in 28 games, including three starts, for Kansas City. Wade Davis was lights out and didn't give up a single run that year. He has worked primarily out of the pen with the Royals, but was looking to crack the rotation in the upcoming years.
Over his minor league career, the North Dakota native is a combined 8-18 with a 3.22 ERA (90 ER, 251.1 IP) with 304 strikeouts against 81 walks while limiting the opposition to a.222 average. His 3.69 ERA and 3.39 FIP will be a welcome addition to a rotation that ranks 15th in Major League Baseball by fWAR (6.1), 16th by ERA (4.48) and 15th by FIP (4.49).
With so many key Royals set to become free agents, this is a trade that tells the players Dayton Moore is behind giving them help so they can make one last postseason run together. It's also worth noting that the Royals' bullpen also features strong arms in Joakim Soria and lefty Mike Minor. The hard throwing righty will most likely see some action in the 7th inning and after for the Royals.