The Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians and Detroit Tigers are further along than the Royals are with young talent.
The drubbing that the White Sox laid at the feet of the Royals this past weekend should help serve as a warning to fans just how far away the Royals currently are, but how quickly they can get back if they are willing to do what it takes.
The White Sox have a very deep roster led by the uber-talented Luis Robert. The Northsiders are a force to be reckoned with a few years after trading away a great quantity of veteran talent, highlighted by Chris Sale and Jose Quintana. The organization now reaps the rewards as they vie for the American League Central title.
Another hurdle is the Cleveland Indians, who in the middle of a pennant race and tied for first at the time, traded away a front line starting pitcher to fortify their minors. Think about that – In a race, they traded away a starting pitcher.
No worries though, as the Indians have youngsters like Tristian McKenzie that can step in a fill the void. Further long-term help will come when the organization likely moves shortstop Francisco Lindor this offseason.
Without trading away veterans that will likely not be on the roster or past their prime when the organization hopes they are competitive again, the Royals could potentially never contend again.