KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- With the Royals riding a six-game winning streak to pull within five games of Baltimore in the race for the final wild-card spot -- and Wednesday's 3 p.m. trading deadline looming -- the question for general manager Dayton Moore is obvious:
Just how bold should he get in the next 48 hours?
Moore has stated he is not interested in just "selling" at the deadline, meaning if he does make a deal, particularly in the case of pending free-agent Ervin Santana, he wants to acquire something in return that can help the Royals during these final two months.
And, of course, there also is a chance Moore will hold onto Santana, and make a different deal that could aid manager Ned Yost's struggling offense through the final nine weeks.
The most obvious need for the Royals is at second base, where Chris Getz has struggled to contribute and where Johnny Giavotella, given a very brief opportunity, wasn't able to wow the front office and win the job.
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