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How would you go about rebuilding the Royals...

...in a fantasy world?

I know this is a bit off topic(and let's be honest, besides the Zack Cy Young run and Butler actually starting to hit with authority, we don't have THAT much to look forward to the rest of the season), but I just took over the Royals in a huge(28 teams) dynasty league that tries to mimic the MLB(but since it's fantasy baseball, defense and grits don't matter, I will probably try to trade Bloomy first chance I get). As the Royals I get everybody that's in the Royals system right now besides 2009 draft picks(which will go into an amateur draft). Well, I was going through the roster and things don't look promising...

Besides Zack Greinke, Gil Meche, Luke Hochevar, Brian Bannister, Joakim Soria, Billy Butler and Alberto Callaspo under team control with reasonable contracts until at least 2012. This team doesn't have much to build on, certainly not to win anything anytime soon. A league rule that does benefit the Royals is the fact that we use real life contract and the salary cap will be 100 millions, effective immediately, which means teams like the Red Sox and Yankees will have to cut some of their decent players to fit under 100 millions while Marlins and the Royals has the cap room to acquire those talents. I have already made my first move, but I figure RR is about the most knowledgeable Royals fanbase anywhere, you guys certainly have good ideas on how to build the Royals(who I should trade for? should I be on the 3 year plan or the 5 year plan? should I trust the process(TM)?...)  And that it would be an interesting discussion and will undoubtedly inspire.

The first trade that I made since I took over the team is below.

Royals trade: Alex Gordon who makes 457k(until 2012) and Jose Guillen 12mil until 2010

to the Red Sox for JD Drew 14 mils until 2011, as well as Red Sox prospect Josh Reddick, Ryan Kalish and Che-Hsuan Lin, all of them OF, all of them has "tools" and fill the "upper level position player prospect" void that the Royals have. While I still have faith in Alex to be league average/above league average, I don't have faith in my Royals to be any good anytime soon, probably not until 2012 when his contract expires anyway. And if 2/3 of the Reddick/Kalish/Lin pays off, I would have some decent bat(which the Royals have real problem developing) and the addition of JD Drew can simply be future trade chip.

So what would you guys do next for rebuilding if you are in my shoes?

This FanPost was written by a member of the Royals Review community. It does not necessarily reflect the views of the editors and writers of this site.

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