by John Viril—
With the July 31 trade deadline now only hours away (3 PM Eastern), it now appears the Kansas City Royals will stand pat. When beat reporter Bob Dutton asked an unnamed club official on Tuesday night if anything was “cooking”, he received a reply that, “The stove isn’t even on.”
If nothing develops between now and 3 PM Eastern time, Dayton Moore has missed an opportunity.
Either Moore should “go for it” and do SOMETHING to address his black hole at 2nd base. Or, he should cut bait and deal pitcher Ervin Santana to either Atlanta or St. Louis. Standing pat is a bad result.
I don’t expect the Royals to make an outrageously bad deal. If the Angels refuse to deal Erick Aybar or if Howie Kendrick doesn’t want to come to KC, I don’t expect Moore to move heaven and earth to make a trade. But, Billy Beane in Oakland was able to land Alberto Callaspo to fill his hole at 2B for Grant Green (.325/.379/.500 at AAA). While Royals fans very well know that Callaspo is hardly an ...