Originally written on The Outside Corner  |  Last updated 10/21/14
Oh, the Royals. There has been a lot said about this team this season by people much more passionate and knowledgeable than myself after Kansas City GM Dayton Moore said he's not going to be selling at the deadline. The article I linked above pretty much outlines exactly what the Royals need to do at the trade deadline. No one is advocating that they trade Eric Hosmer, or Alex Gordon, or Billy Butler...yet. The Royals only have two key free agents next year: Ervin Santana and Bruce Chen. Santana has been really good this year after a disastrous 2012 with the Angels, but the Royals need to learn some lessons from re-signing Jeremy Guthrie last winter after 14 good starts and sell high. The 36-year old Chen is a more interesting option to dangle as trade bait, because he's really just an extra man on the Royals staff this year. Chen has started just one game while coming out of the bullpen 19 times, and 11 of those relief appearances have been for more than an inning. ...
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