Royals Rumors: Teams being told KC still trying to contend

Kansas City Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports
Kansas City Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports /

While most folks around the league and in the media believe the Kansas City Royals should start selling, the latest Royals rumors say the team isn’t there yet.

With the worst record in the American League, most people are ready to say the Kansas City Royals need to start selling off talent. However, the latest Royals rumors coming in from ESPN’s Buster Olney says KC is telling other teams they still think they can contend.

It is true that the Royals are only 4.5 games out of the Wild Card and 6.5 games out of first place in the AL Central. However, there hasn’t been much of anything to suggest they can make up that distance. There has been little to no consistency from this team so far this year. That is something they will need to make up any distance in the standings.

What is a bit worrisome about this is that the Royals seem to be approaching this situation with very little conviction. They aren’t playing well enough to have this mentality. However, they really aren’t playing bad enough to feel they are out of the running. That could create a worst case scenario where they miss out on the MLB trade deadline and get nothing.

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However, there is something of a safety net for Kansas City here. Ken Rosenthal recently reported that if the Royals fail to trade off their pending free agents, they will have the ability to tender qualifying offers to them. If those offers are rejected, and a player then signs for over $50 million with another team, KC would get a 1st round pick as compensation. Not bad.

Whatever the decision the Royals intend to make though, they need to get around to making it soon. That is both in the front office and on the field. If this team intends to make one final run, then the players on the field need to step up and do it. If everyone is willing to accept it’s time to move on, then the front office needs to act now.

The only thing that cannot happen is indecisiveness, and that’s the image we’re getting right now.

The Kansas City Royals can still hold their heads high for what they achieved in 2014 and 2015. However, the organization needs to be smart about how they approach their future. Who this team decides to build around will be the key to the next five years. Dayton Moore needs to be ready to make the necessary decisions.