Every game between now and the trade deadline brings us one step closer to prime time for baseball trade talk. With the Kansas City Royals in the middle of the pack of AL Wild Card contenders, what else will they do to shake things up before season’s end? GM Dayton Moore told the press that he spoke with David Glass about possibly spending for an upgrade at the break.
So, does that mean KC will at least hold on to all their valuable commodities this season?
Let’s hope so, because to trade away a major contributor at this time could be disastrous for the franchise’s future. Billy Butler hasn’t performed well enough in the first half of 2014 to warrant any real value on the market, and he’s nearing the end of his big contract extension, so thankfully we shouldn’t have to kick that dead horse. Rumors about a trade involving James Shields ran rampant for a while, but similar struggles for Shields make him less alluring now.
At this point, trade rumors involving KC letting go of anyone are few and far between. The hammer has been dropped on most of the players suspected to be dealt, including moves that meant parting ways with Pedro Ciriaco, Justin Maxwell and Donnie Joseph. These are all moves involving only marginal talent with only cash considerations and roster spots to be gained, and KC should keep their wheeling and dealing to a minimum like this for the rest of the year.
Actually trading someone who consistently contributes doesn’t seem likely, and that’s great. To actually move someone valuable would deal a pointless blow to the team’s best chance at success in decades, and also disenchant many new or aspiring fans. Let’s just appreciate the fact that KC is too legit right now to start trading away big pieces, especially after losing so many high-profile players in the past.