Will Kansas City be the next team to pull a blockbuster trade?
Royals general manager Dayton Moore, according to one rival executive, is "feeling the heat" – in a sense, not unlike Toronto Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos did when agreed to his 12-player trade with the Miami Marlins.
Even after acquiring right-hander Ervin Santana from the Los Angeles Angels for left-hander Brandon Sisk, the Royals still can fit a free agent, such as right-hander Jeremy Guthrie, into their payroll. They way they would go about doing this is signing said free agent to a back-loaded, multi-year deal.
While Moore could scour the free agent market for his next acquisition, Rosenthal also hinted that the GM could attempt to trade for pitching.
Designated hitter/first baseman Billy Butler appeals to the Seattle Mariners, a team in need of an offensive boost, according to Rosenthal’s sources. However, Moore isn’t sure if the rest of the Royals’ offense is "potent enough" to withstand the loss of Butler.
Meanwhile, the Tampa Bay Rays covet Royals’ top outfield prospect Wil Myers. Moore is once again torn, according to sources, on whether or not to trade Myers to Tampa Bay, even for a high-profile young arm such as Jeremy Hellickson or Matt Moore.