The way I understand it is that the Royals agreed to trade Ian Kennedy to Atlanta before the Braves ever acquired Mark Melancon. The Braves eventually ate all of Melancon’s contract but shipped off two lesser prospects in exchange. In order to acquire a player as good as Wentz, the Royals presumably had to have eaten some money on Kennedy’s contract, the question that remains is how much?
I can’t imagine that anyone saw this going much better for either Kansas City or Pasquantino. The Royals, when drafting Pasquantino, probably saw an emerging power lefty with well-above average plate discipline to fill a position of relative need on the farm. Pasquantino probably saw an opportunity to join the ranks of professional baseball with a team that needs a power bat at the position and an opportunity to prove himself after a rough 2018.
Speaking of Kelvin Gutiérrez, he is hitting like mad these days with 14 hits in his six games this week. He is also on an 8-game hit streak during which he has compiled a .500/.553/.765 line.