by John Viril—
The Kansas City Royals and San Diego Padres are mirror images of each other. Kansas City stands 34-34 while the Padres are a half-game better at 35-34. Yet, they have achieved their success by completely different means. The Royals have just pulled back to .500 by preventing enough runs to keep an anemic offense afloat. Meanwhile, the Padres position players have accumulated the 2nd highest fWAR in the National League to carry a below replacement-level pitching staff.
If these two teams want to stay in contention, they need cut a deal with one another. The Padres have excess hitting, while the Royals have excess pitching—especially with 2012 starters Danny Duffy and Felipe Paulino soon to return from rehab assignments in the minors.
The two clubs match up too well for a deal not to happen.
Right now, the Padres have multiple effective utility players sitting on their bench and power-hitting outfielder Kyle Blanks unable to crack the lineup. The Royals lead the America...