Josh Klingler: Don't deal just to deal
The sad but true joke every year is that we (the media) need the Royals to “get us to Chiefs training camp.” In reality I ask the Royals to stay relevant until the Chiefs get into their offseason workouts, OTAs and minicamp before fading off until the trade deadline. But no Chiefs offseason means the spotlight has stayed a bit longer on our baseball team who enter the second half with the worst record in the American League.
It has felt better in 2011, it honestly has. But somehow the better vibe has resulted in the same old record. When you look at individual performances, there has been a lot to like in this Royals campaign. It just hasn't added up. Why? Ro-ta-tion.
I was willing to believe in 2012 or 2013 and still do at every spot on the field except for the most important one .. starting pitching. The six man rotation continues with six guys who are probably #3 to #5 starters. Who would you want back in 2012 from this group? I'm taking Danny Duffy, Bruce Chen, and I guess one more round of Luke Hochevar. I find myself 2 ½ starters short. I'm willing to give Jeff Francis and Felipe Paulino a little more rope to see what they can do, and Kyle Davies? We all know the Q rating on this guy.
That being said I am NOT in favor of completely scuttling the Royals as we hit baseball's trading deadline, UNLESS there's starting pitching involved in return. Any deal made has to include starting pitching, whether it's already in the Majors or prospects. I like or even can live with most of what's around the diamond, if we can only figure out what to put on top of the mound.
There are quite a few trade-able pieces on the Royals but they should not deal just for the sake of dealing. The Royals have not fared very well in this endeavor before (see Mazzaro – DeJesus and O'Sullivan – Callaspo) which makes it more daunting. It would be nice to be on the right end of one of these deals. If only #1 starters grew on trees or in the summer time heat .. then we'd be in business.