BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 26: Jeff Francouer #2 of the Kansas City Royals celebrates a win after a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on May 26, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
The Kansas City Royals will be looking to move some of their veterans at the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, which would then in turn allow the team to play and develop their younger players at the big league level. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the team has made the following four players available in trades: relievers Jonathan Broxton and Jose Mijares, outfielder Jeff Francoeur, and shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt.
Available #Royals, according to sources: Broxton, Mijares, Francoeur, Y. Betancourt.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 24, 2012
While these are players the Royals are clearly looking to move, the list of available players could very well extend beyond them. These situations are fluid, so don't be surprised to see if a veteran not on the list is moved.
All the players listed are set to hit the free agency waters at season's end, except Jeff Francouer, who is under contract through 2013. But the Royals would be wise to move him, even if they need to eat salary in a trade, to open up a spot for top prospect Wil Myers. Myers is absolutely raking in the minor leagues and is just 21 years of age.