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When looking at possible trade targets for the Kansas City Royals, most of the speculation seems to surround the starting rotation. This makes sense, given that the Royals are currently starting Joe Blanton and Chris Young, both of which were backup options to say the least. In fact, Blanton’s inclusion in the rotation was likely one of those “break glass in case of emergency” situations.
Yet, for the struggles that the Royals may have with their rotation, the offense may be a bit more of a concern, at least at second and right. While Omar Infante has been on a hot streak since passing Jose Altuve for the All-Star Game, he is still statistically the worst second baseman in the American League, and has just surpassed Chase Utley to keep from being the worst in baseball.
Alex Rios, meanwhile, has not given the Royals the boost to their lineup that they had hoped for after his return from the disabled list. Despite being white hot at the plate when he was injured, Rios has struggled in his return. Now, the Royals may find themselves looking at two upgrades in the lineup on their quest for the postseason.
The problem with this is, naturally, finding players that could be available and would fit the Kansas City Royals needs, either at second, right or both. So, let us take a look at a few bats at could be available at the trade deadline that may be an upgrade for the Royals this year, and potentially for seasons to come.
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