KANSAS CITY, MO - AUGUST 07: Joakim Soria #48 of the Kansas City Royals throws in the ninth inning during a game against the Detroit Tigers at Kauffman Stadium on August 7, 2011 in Kansas City, Missouri. The Royals won 4-3. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)
Here's the latest out of Kansas City, where the team is almost certainly out of any discussions to do with free agents (I know that really surprises the fans) and any action will be via trade. Joel Sherman tweets that both Joakim Soria and Greg Holland could be available. KC would presumably want another starting pitcher in case the Aaron Crow experiment doesn't work out:
Twitter / @Joelsherman1
"#Royals downplaying but would move Soria for SP, also would talk talk Greg Holland"
Royals’ offseason shopping nearly done as winter meetings begin - Bob Dutton
"The Royals are projecting a payroll next season at $55 million-60 million and, after signing Chen and Broxton, are already brushing against the lower part of that range. The uncertainly involves numerous arbitration-eligible players."
Twitter / @Royals_Report
No surprise here, but several #Royals officials say any major roster upgrades will come through trades. Won't look to free-agent market.
For Want Of A Pitcher: Jonathan Broxton? - Rany on the Royals
"Like a lot of Dayton Moore’s moves, the wisdom of signing Broxton depends in large part on whether this is the precursor to other moves. But even if it isn’t, it’s a modest commitment to a pitcher who, when healthy, has always been an excellent reliever. It’s a contract that has a chance to be a bargain for the Royals given the current relief market. If it allows the Royals to leverage their surplus in relievers for other needs, so much the better, but even as a standalone move, it’s a decent little transaction."
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"They couldn't fake it any longer."