Kansas City Royals: No room for additions to this team

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The Kansas City Royals made another trade on Sunday, acquiring outfielder Melky Cabrera from the Chicago White Sox. With the trade deadline closing in on Monday afternoon, the Royals might not be in a position to add another player.

When looking at the Kansas City Royals‘ current roster, this is the best this team has looked all season long, and honestly… No one on the major league team deserves to be demoted or designated for assignment at the moment.

Easy answers to get rid of would be Neftali Feliz or Ramon Torres, but both are needed on this team. Feliz has looked pretty good since the Royals brought him in (2.57 ERA) and Torres is the only backup infielder on the team at the moment.

While starting pitching is still an area of concern, the current rotation has been better in the last week or so. Sure, Trevor Cahill had a rough Royals debut in Boston, but I expect him to perform better in start number two this week.

If the Royals wanted to grab a starter, someone from the team’s 40-man roster would have to go and there’s just no easy answer for that. The tweet above had people commenting about potentially packaging Scott Alexander in a trade, but that would be silly for the Royals to do. Alexander has been one of the team’s best relievers this season and they need him in that bullpen.

This isn’t a bad problem to have. In fact, it shows that the Royals are absolutely ready to make a run at this thing and that’s exciting! This team could absolutely make a big run.

The addition of Melky Cabrera only adds to how solid this team can be, as their offense has finally gotten going on a consistent basis. Cabrera adds the ability to be slotted in as designated hitter and to occasionally give Alex Gordon time off in left. Brandon Moss has been seeing the ball much better recently, but Gordon is still struggling, batting a mere .202 at the moment.

Acquiring Cabrera might have come as a bit of a shock to the fans, but his .295/.336/.436 slash line in 397 at bats with the White Sox is very attractive to Royals fans. He should be able to immediately come in and make an impact in this lineup.

While some might still doubt the Royals being able to compete with the likes of the Astros and the Dodgers, just remember that people were saying the same type of stuff in 2014, only about the Angels and the Orioles. Remember what happened afterwards? The Royals swept both of those teams to advance to the World Series. Good times, man. Good times.