The Kansas City Royals already find themselves well out of postseason contention.
91 games into the season, the Royals own a record of 26-65.
That’s the second-worst record in all of baseball behind only the Oakland Athletics.
With them already well out contention, some have begun to speculate that they may trade veteran catcher and mainstay Salvador Perez.
Perez is the last remaining member of their World Series teams from 2014 and 2015.
He has been an All-Star eight times, has won five Gold Gloves, and has even earned four Silver Slugger awards.
On Twitter, Jon Morosi of MLB Network provided an update on Perez and addressed the rumors that he may be traded.
Trade Deadline update:
The Salvador Pérez market is quiet at the moment.
He has full no-trade protection, and the Royals value his presence as they add young talent.
Pérez has two years (and $44 million) remaining on his contract *after* this season.@MLBNetwork
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 13, 2023
Morosi makes it perfectly clear that at the moment, the Royals have no intention of trading away Perez.
The 2015 World Series MVP has a full no-trade clause.
Morosi also notes that Kansas City values his veteran presence and that they believe keeping him around while young talent is pouring in is the right move.
After this season, the veteran catcher has two years and $44 million remaining on his contract with the Royals.
Perez has been with the Royals since he came up to the Major Leagues all the way back in 2011 and has been a mainstay in the organization ever since his MLB debut.
As of now, it appears that the Royals still value his presence and believe he can serve as a mentor to some of the team’s younger players over the next few years, meaning he more than likely will not be traded.NEXT: MLB Insider Comments On Zack Greinke Trade Talk