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Jul 13, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals first basemen Eric Hosmer (35) looks into the dugout after a play against the Detroit Tigers during the sixth inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

Around the Kingdom: Eric Hosmer, Steve Gregory, Commings, Zusi, Besler

Around the Kingdom, the major-league baseball trade deadline came and went with the Royals standing pat, while watching the Tigers add David Price and wild card rivals Yankees and Mariners improve their teams.

Sometimes, the best trade is the one you didn’t make. But, I can’t help but think the Royals are watching their season go down the drain.

Along with the flurry of activity at the trade deadline, which saw significant players like Jon LesterJohn Lackey, Yoenis Cespedes, and David Price change teams, the Royals did play a game on Thursday, beaing the Twins 6-3.

Training camp continues in St. Joseph, Missourii for the chiefs, and Kansas City watched while Eric Berry suffered another injury and safety Sanders Commings broke his ankle. Yeah. Attrition is already raising its ugly head.

To offset these problems, the Chiefs signed veteran safety Steve Gregory.

Meanwhile, Sporting KC players Graham Zusi and Matt Besler are reportedly set to make $600k this season after receiving contract upgrades in wake of their World Cup performances.

KANSAS CITY ROYALS

What Dayton Moore has essentially done is the baseball equivalent of staying on 14 in balckjack and hoping the dealer busts despite having an ace showing. Even though the Royals offense should be better than how it has performed, the fact of the matter remains that the Royals simply do not have the bats to make a legitimate playoff run

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

Listed at 5’10 and 200 pounds, Gregory has played special teams and safety in his career. While Berry has been injured, the Chiefs also lost Sanders Commings for a significant amount of time. I wonder where the Chiefs will play Gregory — strong or free safety? In the slot on subpackages?

SPORTING KC

  • Kansas City Star – Graham Zusi and Matt Besler’s contract extensions will pay them $600,000 this season:

The extensions include a pro-rated base salary of $600,000 this year, which will increase to $650,000 in 2015, $700,000 in 2016, $725,000 in 2017 and $750,000 in the final year of the deals, according to the report. The contracts also include separate team and performance bonuses.

KANSAS STATE

  • KStateSports.com – K-State football team rated 21st in pre-season coaches poll:

The Wildcats were also ranked 21st by the coaches prior to the Big 12 Championship season of 2012, which was the first time K-State was in the preseason poll since 2004. It is the first time overall Kansas State has been included in the coaches poll since the final 2012 survey when the Wildcats finished the year at No. 11

 There you have it KC fans—the news Around the Kingdom.

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/sports/mls/sporting-kc/article842547.html#storylink=cpy

Tags: Eric Hosmer Graham Zusi Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Royals Kansas State Wildcats Matt Besler Sanders Commings Sporting Kansas City Steve Gregory

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