Royals telling teams relief trio is off limits

The Royals were apparently informing teams on Monday night that Greg Holland, Wade Davis and Kelvin Herrera were not available via trade, according to Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star.

All three have garnered interest this offseason and there was a growing suspicion that the Royals could try to move at least one member of their vaunted bullpen trio, given their rising salaries. The Royals are denying that’s the case for the time being, though that could always change — especially now that top free agent reliever David Robertson has signed with the White Sox.

Holland is projected to make more than $9 million in arbitration for next season, which would make him the Royals’ second-highest paid player behind only Alex Gordon ($14 million). Kansas City also exercised Davis’ $7 million option for 2015. The Royals’ lone moves so far this offseason — signing Luke Hochevar to a two-year, $10 million deal and Jason Frasor to a $1.8 million contract — have also involved dedicating money to the bullpen.

From a financial standpoint, it would certainly make sense for the Royals at least listen to offers for the three relievers. Whether or not they engage in serious talks regarding any of the three, however, remains to be seen.

— Paul Casella

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