Josh Klingler: July 8 - my next line in the sand
So are the Royals buyers or stand patters? We shall see. I'd largely written off 2012 after the rough start at home in KC, but the Royals are on the verge of making this summer fun and dare I say relevant.
I know I've mentioned on air that there was 'no chance' but I'd be more than happy to be wrong. The AL Central isn't great so I'm sayin there's a chance! So I'm making July 8th the date. The All-Star break. Get there and let's see where they stand.
It's 17 games. A six game homestand followed by 11 games on the road. Normally the road is not so kind, but as we've seen this year the Royals are just fine away from the K.
So get 17 more games and there will be three more weeks until the non-waiver trade deadline. I'd say the time to decide whether 'you're in' or still laying the groundwork for 2013, 14 or whatever is considered the future.
1 pitcher away? 2? Seems to me they'll still need a major deal or two to be in firm shape for this year or beyond. We've taken plenty of reaction on the show about what's okay and not okay to deal. The consensus seems to be that fans want to hold on to THE NEXT, the not yet here, Wil Myers.
To me, no one is untouchable, even Myers. My fear is that he's the one top notch commodity that could help bring back something significant in return. If you want a 1, a 2, or maybe even a 3+ pitcher, you might have to deal somebody you like. Sorry folks, I don't think one person's trash is another person's treasure in this case. Teams aren't going to want the backup or backup to the backup at 2nd or a 7th or 8th inning reliever for their #1.
Or we can all wait until free agency and think of 2013 .. or kidnap a top notch starter when they are here at the All-Star Game. Two things I'm not ready to commit to .. yet.
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