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Royals Links: Danny Duffy, Royals as Buyers, August Schedule, & More

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The days leading up to the trade deadline are always exciting. Deals are being made left and right, and the anticipation surrounding major players – like David Price and Cole Hamels – leads to all sorts of intrigue. Unfortunately, it also leads to all sorts of terrible trade proposals from baseball fans. Sorry, but it’s going to take more than a AAAA player and two A-ball prospects to acquire Giancarlo Stanton. A good rule to have is if you would make the trade without giving too much thought, more and/or better prospects need to be added. A better rule to have is to not come up with hypothetical trade proposals at all. Let’s get to some links.

– At Royals Review, Max Rieper discusses why the Royals should be buyers at this trade deadline, suggesting the second Wild Card is worth going after. He also mentions that while the Royals are flawed, they are surrounded by many other flawed teams, and projections do give the team a legitimate shot at the postseason. Adding that one bat could be the thing to push the Royals over the top.

– The Kansas City Star’s Vahe Gregorian wrote about Danny Duffy‘s genuine personality, both on and off the field. I find it literally impossible to not like Duffy. He loves the game, he loves the Royals, and he doesn’t act like he’s above anything. He’s a regular guy, who just so happens to be awesome at throwing baseballs from a mound of dirt. His transformation into a front-of-the-rotation pitcher this season has been all the more entertaining because of how likable he is.

Clint Scoles of Pine Tar Press says the month of August offers the Royals yet another opportunity to make some moves in the playoff race. They do play the Athletics for 7 games, but many other games are against the dregs of the league, meaning Kansas City could have a chance to vault up the standings before September is here.

– In his Rumblings and Grumblings post, ESPN’s Jayson Stark reports that the Royals don’t seem to be interested in Alex Rios, particularly considering the financial cost involved. Consider me happy. Because of the dollars, the team may look to add a bat during the waiver period next month. He also notes that Marlon Byrd apparently doesn’t really know why Kansas City ended up on his no-trade list, which is something, I suppose.

Alex Skillin has a nice piece up at The Hardball Times that focuses on prospects who face difficulties when they first come up, before they reach their potential. Some of the disappointment in those prospects has intensified in today’s prospect-focused environment, but it’s a good reminder that players are constantly developing and adjusting, trying to figure out what works in the big leagues. Obviously teams have to draw the line somewhere, but it’s easy to see why they will give top prospects so much rope, even in the midst of severe struggles.

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