Posted Under: Johanna's View
That’s right, the Royals are thinking of themselves as buyers this season, according to Danny Knobler of CBSsports.com. And it only makes sense. While we usually think of teams in their place in the standings as sellers, they just don’t have the big pieces- except closer Jonathon Broxton- to sell much of anything. Meanwhile, they also don’t have much star pitching on the horizon. To be better next year, they need that.
The AL Central has shown it isn’t any one team’s for the taking. Sure the White Sox and the Tigers are leading the pack, but no one is running away with it. And if the Royals can get in position to win just a few more games- well, they too could sit at the top of the division, instead of feeding the win totals of the other two teams.
So how do you get better at the Major League level if you don’t have pitching ready in the minors? You trade for it, and you trade for it when the other teams are ready to give up that pitching readily. Now is that time. The Royals have the deepest of farm systems. They can give up some great prospects to get top of the line talent. And they have more young talent than some of the winning teams can afford to give up. So yes, this is their time. There aren’t many other losing teams that can afford to think this way. The Royals, however, can reinvent the trading deadline rules to make themselves better for 2013, and in fact need to. Just one more element to make this a unique and interesting trading season.