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Inbox: Who might Royals move at Deadline?

Beat reporter Jeffrey Flanagan fields Kansas City fans' questions
MLB.com @FlannyMLB

KANSAS CITY -- Roughly five weeks remain until the non-waiver Trade Deadline, and it's a sure bet the Royals and general manager Dayton Moore will be active as they continue their stated offseason goal of restocking the farm system and focusing on the rebuild.

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KANSAS CITY -- Roughly five weeks remain until the non-waiver Trade Deadline, and it's a sure bet the Royals and general manager Dayton Moore will be active as they continue their stated offseason goal of restocking the farm system and focusing on the rebuild.

• Submit a question to the Royals Inbox

With that in mind, let's get to this week's Inbox:

Tweet from @ReelMrPerfect: Who do you expect to be dealt before the trade deadline?

The Royals are 30 games under .500, and certainly Moore and his staff do not want this team to be historically bad. But that shouldn't get in the way of the Royals dealing anyone they can to upgrade their farm system and push along that rebuild. The only player not likely to be dealt is catcher Salvador Perez, whom Moore has said simply wouldn't get big enough of a return to merit a deal.

But the Royals will listen to all other offers, and that includes Whit Merrifield and Danny Duffy. Logically, players on one-year deals are the most likely to be dealt. And that starts with Mike Moustakas and Alcides Escobar -- if there is a market for a defender who is showing he can play multiple positions.

Certainly the Royals will try to move Lucas Duda Jason Hammel and possibly Drew Butera if a team needs a defensive-minded backup catcher. So much depends on other teams' injury situations. The Angels, for example, just lost Zack Cozart for the season. One would think they've already engaged in conversations with Moore about Moustakas, especially as the Angels continue to fall in the American League West.

And interestingly, if Wily Peralta shows he can handle the closer's role -- something I advocated starting back in Spring Training -- he might be an asset as well.

Tweet from @RoyalsCollector: What is the likelihood hood that we see Frank Schwindel playing for the Royals after the trade deadline? If so does he DH or 1B or both? He���s been on fire again. Any chance of seeing Ryan O���Hearn at 1B for the Royals?

I'm guessing you'll see Frank Schwindel at some point, and possibly Ryan O'Hearn, as well. Schwindel caught manager Ned Yost's eye in Spring Training, and he has been raking the ball lately. Neither player is on the 40-man roster, but after the Trade Deadline, several spots should open up. But it might not be until September that either player gets here. With Jorge Bonifacio coming back from the suspended list, Jorge Soler coming off the disabled list in August, Rosell Herrera showing promise in the outfield and the need to develop Hunter Dozier at first base, you only have so many position openings, even with the DH.

Tweet from @Sean_R_Madden: Will Ned be back?

Yost has said repeatedly that he wants to return in 2019. I think he likes the idea of seeing the next phase of the rebuild through before handing over the duties to the next manager. He may even stay through 2020.

Tweet from @TJ_Henning: Will Rosell Herrera get any look at CF soon?

Absolutely. And very soon.

Tweet from @Wuropp: Where do you see MJ Melendez in this organization? Moore sees a fast track for him but it doesn't feel like Salvy is going anywhere.

That's really an interesting question. MJ Melendez, the team's No. 4 prospect per MLB Pipeline, is only 19 and playing in Low-A Lexington. But the Royals believe Melendez's defense is superb, and he is showing power at the plate with 11 home runs and a .526 slugging percentage. Perez is 28. And if Melendez is ready for the big leagues in three or four years, Perez might be ready to do much more DHing.

Tweet from @royalcub89: When will DM dip back into free agency or make a big move again to say we are competing again? Winter of 2020, 22?

Another good question. The offseason plan was to restock the farm system and bank some payroll to make some free-agent additions when the Royals are close to contending again. Obviously, the next two years will be challenging again in terms of wins and losses. But if all goes according to plan, and players like Bonifacio, Soler, Adalberto Mondesi, Dozier, Cheslor Cuthbert, Brad Keller, Tim Hill, Jakob Junis, Josh Staumont, Richard Lovelady, Trevor Oaks, Nicky Lopez and others all become a promising next core at the Major League level by 2020, and some of the college pitchers from this year's Draft rise very rapidly, perhaps by that winter Moore and ownership will dip in the free-agent market. That, of course, would be the absolute best-case scenario and is likely overly optimistic. But hey, you never know.

Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB.

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