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Royals Rumors: Dayton Moore considering becoming buyers at deadline

Oct 23, 2015; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals owner David Glass (left) with general manager Dayton Moore (right) before game six of the ALCS against the Toronto Blue Jays at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 23, 2015; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals owner David Glass (left) with general manager Dayton Moore (right) before game six of the ALCS against the Toronto Blue Jays at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports /
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Royals rumors will be getting hot and heavy in the coming weeks, but suddenly, the Kansas City Royals have gone from being sellers to potentially being buyers at the trade deadline.

Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reported on Wednesday that the Kansas City Royals, who were ten games under .500 not too long ago, could become buyers at the trade deadline. Who would have thunk it?

"“Of course, we’ll try to find ways to improve our team without adding significantly to payroll. But it doesn’t mean we won’t do it. We’ve done it before. It’s just hard to predict right now. Not every team will need the same thing."

Something interesting that I noticed on this current road trip in Detroit is that Dayton Moore and owner David Glass traveled with the team. That usually doesn’t seem to be the case, so perhaps a big move could be coming down the road?

The Royals’ biggest needs are easily in the rotation and also at designated hitter, but with the news of Nate Karns being transferred to the 60-day disabled list, it might be time to look for another starter too. Danny Duffy should be returning shortly, but having Jake Junis at the fifth starter still isn’t a great feeling for the fans.

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The problem with the Royals wanting to become buyers is that their farm system is pretty weak. They gave up three left-handed pitchers in the trade for Johnny Cueto two years ago and gave up two more pitchers for Ben Zobrist as well.

That leaves the Royals with very few options they’d be willing to part with to get some weapons. It made sense to go all in during that 2015 season because of how well the Royals had been playing. This season, however, Kansas City has struggled at times and are right with the rest of the pack in the race for the division and one of the Wild Card spots.

Here’s what I see happening: The Kansas City Royals will only consider adding a bat to throw in at DH if Jorge Soler continues to struggle. We know by now that Brandon Moss is terrible, but if Soler can start hitting the ball, then that position could be saved.

Relief pitching has its moments. The Royals could likely get a bullpen arm for on the cheap, but the back end of the pen has been pretty decent for the most part. Once Matt Strahm can go back to the bullpen, I’ll be more confident in their ability to close out games.

Dayton Moore’s confidence in this team continues to be a good sign for Royals fans and hopefully when we start to hear about Royals rumors, they’re all about the team becoming buyers.