The Kansas City Royals had an eventful and surprisingly positive offseason so far, but is there another move looming in the near future? Let’s hope not. Unnamed sources within the Royals franchise have told reporters that re-signing free agent Ervin Santana to even a one-year deal is now only a “remote” possibility, calling it a “tall order” and explaining that the cash KC would’ve spent on Santana was used up in deals with Jason Vargas and Omar Infante. Without this being an option, the only big-time move that’s being whispered about in the rumor mill is a trade involving Billy Butler.
Getting rid of Butler at this point in the process would be utterly heartbreaking. KC’s looking at a lineup that’s strong all the way through thanks to their previous offseason moves, but pulling Butler out of the middle of that lineup would still mean the Royals downgraded for 2014. As I’ve mentioned before, this would be insanely counterproductive. So, what should Kansas City do in the free-agent market then? Nothing. Nothing would be fantastic.
If the Royals stand pat, they’ll have done what they could to address their main concerns without changing the core of what made them successful in the year prior – save the inevitable loss of Santana. A move to do much more of anything would almost surely mean losing a piece of what made the Royals a winner in 2013. That makes doing nothing the best possible plan for the Royals in this already-productive, already-successful offseason.