In the wake of the rumors that the Royals are looking to shop Juan Cruz, I can't help but feel a bit of optimism. I didn't say a lot of optimism, but a little bit. And of course this is an unverified source outside the Royals organization, but let's forget about that for a second.
The reason for this slight, miniscule optimism is the fact that it appears the Royals are attempting to make some sort of chance to their bullpen. Perhaps they realize that things are not working in 7th or 8th inning in the current state, and that a change of some sort is necessary.
Now, Juan Cruz is likely the 3rd or 4th best reliever on the roster right now, and he also probably has the most upside other than Soria, but to me the fact that the Royals are willing to reportedly consider making a change to their bullpen is promising. Cruz of course is one the highest paid players in our bullpen, and as reported we would likely have to pay some of his salary if we traded him, but he is also the only player that we can likely get any player in return. Do you think anyone would trade us a prospect for Colon or Mendoza? (Nevermind the question of whether another team would even pick either of these players up should we DFA them). I wouldn't mind the Royals picking up someone they think could be useful in the future, while at the same time saving a little money and potentially bringing up someone useful that may help our bullpen.
Unloading Cruz would free up a spot on the major league roster for us to bring up a player in the minors. This could be Alex Gordon, who is expected to return soon. Or it could be for a AAA player that management feels deserves a shot at some playing time. Rany and other RR contributors have already discussed who they would like to be brought up, so I won't go into that. All we can hope is that they bring up someone that is useful to the team.
The last bit of optimism I feel is the fact that, should this reported potential deal fall through the Royals may be tempted to get rid of another reliever currently on the roster because they don't think things are currently working out. Or the Royals strike a deal with someone and DFA another guy anyways, giving another one of the AAA guys a shot (or Crow) to prove something. As Soria's Unibrow was kinda to point out, there is no gurantee or even reasonable reason to think that this could happen, but that's not what this fanpost is about.
It's still early in the season, the Royals can get back to .500 tomorrow, and Jo-gui and Pods are carrying my AL-only fantasy team right now. Let's have some optimism people!