A playoff spot is far from guaranteed, but the Royals right now look a lot like their 2015 team that won the World Series on the back of clutch hitting and pitching depth.
Wood, 30, was 4-0 with a 2.95 ERA for the Cubs past year during their championship season, including a 2.84 ERA in the postseason. The Royals got rid of a struggling Travis Wood (though will be paying the rest of his salary), which needed to happen.
Cahill should slot in perfectly into the rotation, likely replacing Wood, who started Sunday's win over the Chicago White Sox.
Wood was 1-3 with a 6.91 ERA this year for Kansas City.
The Royals enter play on Monday night just a game-and-a-half behind the Cleveland Indians for first place in the American League Central.
San Diego (43-55) is 24½ games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West. He had 78 strikeouts in 63 innings.
Joining him in the bullpen is Buchter, who owns a 3.05 ERA in 42 appearances this season. He had 47 strikeouts in 38 1/3 innings. He can become a free agent after the season.
Cahill could be the fifth starter Kansas City needs right now (or even higher in the rotation than that), as he currently has a 3.69 ERA through 11 starts for the Padres. He recently spent seven weeks on the disabled list but returned July 4 and has made four starts since. He is also sporting a 3.23 FIP and a 1.195 WHIP, so while he isn't throwing sterling stuff this season, he could still certainly be of assistance in the Royals bullpen.
Maurer, 27, joined the Padres before the 2015 season in a trade for Seth Smith. Maurer was 1-and-4 with a 5.72 ERA and 20 saves for San Diego. He is earning $1.9 million and is arbitration-eligible the next two seasons. The Dominican Republic native signed with the Royals as an worldwide free agent on July 3, 2015. He has 10 doubles, 3 home runs, 22 runs scored and 9 stolen bases.
Strahm is now on the 60-day disabled list after surgery in early July to fix a torn patellar tendon in his left knee.
Strahm, 25, was 2-5 with a 5.45 ERA in three starts and 24 games for the Royals this year.