The tension of the non-waiver trade deadline presses on all MLB fans with increasing tenacity over the next three days, and the frustrating timidity exercised so far by the Kansas City Royals intensifies that tension even more for fans in KC. I wanted the chance to write a bunch of speculative articles about intriguing, big-name players the Royals were rumored to be speaking with before the trade deadline, but may never get much of a chance to do so.
As far as I can tell, starters seem to make up the vast majority of high-profile-ish players rumored to be coming to Kansas City. Why is Bartolo Colon the biggest name involved in somewhat-realistic trade rumors when GM Dayton Moore told the press, loudly and proudly, that the organization was fervently seeking a power bat?
Why is the Kansas City Star now downgrading the team’s interest in Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard to “tepid”, and explaining that KC’s people have backed off talks with Howard’s people?
Actually, putting the Howard rumors to bed is probably for the best. In order to bring in the once-dominant, currently awful lefty slugger, KC would need to pay the large majority of his remaining contract, which would be insane, and figure out what to do with Billy Butler, which presumably means trading him for diminished value.
Still, the persistent rumors regarding starting pitching bring many questions to mind. KC’s starting rotation clearly isn’t on the team’s short list of problem areas. Power hitting, on the other hand, is an area in which the Royals are obviously lacking.
Perhaps the organization is just doing well to keep things quiet, which is something I’ll rarely hold against them. Perhaps they’ll give us all a pleasant surprise when they announce the clever acquisition of a helpful power bat before the deadline. Perhaps all my exes are right and I have problems letting go of small slivers of hope.
All we know for sure is that no word on realistic negotiations between KC and a legit hitter has been released.