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Kansas City Royals: Getting the Royals to act in their own best interests is the challenge. Whit Merrifield should have been traded two years ago; now he’s 33 with a .291 OBP. Andrew Benintendi is the most likely prize, as he’s bounced back from a lost 2020 to hit .290/.345/.427 as a Royal with strong defense in left field. He’s basically Alex Gordon Lite. Michael Taylor is having a career year and would be a big upgrade in center for a number of contenders, even a couple of World Series favorites. He’s signed through 2023. Hunter Dozier is just in the way here, has bench-bat value on a good team and is signed inexpensively through 2024 with an option for 2025.