Two years waiting for the All Star Game to come to Kansas City is over. Not only is the wait over but also the game is over. It was a great three days in Kansas City and by all accounts the city was a great host for the 83rd All Star Game. Not only did record crowds head out to Kauffman Stadium for all of the activities but the fan base showed just how loyal that they can be to their hometown boys. All of that being said, reality has set in and the Kansas City Royals still have just under half of their games yet to play. It could be an interesting second half for the boys that play at the K. An array of story-lines could occur in the next couple of months that would send the media in Kansas City stirring.
What will the Royals do in the trade market over the next few weeks is probably the biggest current question that fans and media have surrounding the organization. For the first time in a long time the Royals could be both buyers and sellers. Selling their stock in guys like Jonathan Broxton, Jeff Franceour, and Yuniesky Betancourt. No doubt will these three names be on the top of Dayton Moore’s list of players that other teams may need. Broxton has shown this season that coming of of an injury he is still able to close games, even if he does give everyone watching a heart attack while doing so. There are always a few teams looking for that closer at the deadline and with the way that the Royals bullpen is set up if Broxton is moved they have many that could step in a fill his role. Some teams have stated that they are in need of a right handed bat and the Royals have two that are expendable at this point. Franceour, even though having what most would say is a terrible year, could still give a lineup some pop and nothing would make fans in Kansas City happier than to see room on the field made for number 1 hitting prospect Wil Myers. Betancourt could also be a movable piece not only because over the last month he has turned in on as a run producer but also because the Royals have a plethora of serviceable second basemen that could fill right in. These guys would probably just bring prospects back but could be packaged together to get something in return that could help both this year and for the future.
The proof will be in the pudding whether the Royals truly are buyers in this years market. Tim Collins name has been thrown into the trading pool and could be a good addition to a trade that could bring more pitching to the Royals organization. The thing that every team needs when they are buyers are numerous guys that can be plugged into a trade that could give good value to another organization. The biggest thing that the Royals need if they are going to buy is pitching. There are a few pitchers out there that could help this team out not only for this year but also would be able to sign here and stay on for the future. The biggest names that the Royals could trade for would be Zach Grienke and Cole Hamels but are they going sign here after this season woudl be the biggest question that they Royals will have to ponder when making a buyers trade. One pitcher that would seem to fit nicely in the Royals staff and on that would have no problem signing here would be Milwaukee Brewers starter Shaun Marcum. A local guy from Excelsior Springs that would love nothing more than to be able to come home and pitch for a team that I am sure he grew up watching. The things that this deal and a future contract for Marcum could do for the team is show other free agents of the future that they Royals are willing to pay. If they truly want to win they are going to have to pay at least two top starters to come to Kansas City and then fill in the other slots in the rotation with guys that they either already have or are developing.
The Royals have a lot of work to do over the next couple of weeks. They could sell some guys to continue to build the minor league system and they could buy players with prospects that they already have in the system that could help with the big league club now and in the future. General Manager Dayton Moore will have to prove to fans that he is able to go out and get a guy to help the team because his trade for Jonathan Sanchez last winter seems to continue to haunt fans as Melky Cabrera cam back to Kansas City and was named the All Star Game MVP. Do the knives in the backs of Royals fans ever stop?