I think it is clear that the Royals have some talent in the minor leagues and that we are all looking forward to buying our 2012 season tickets but that is banking on most of our prospects working out the way we expect them too and as we've all seen, that doesn't always work. How about keep putting new guys in our system the way the Pirates did last year when they just started cleaning house. I think the Royals have ENOUGH talent on the team to at least get a few decent prospects, so here's a list of possible players to trade and what teams could use them.
Alberto Callaspo: Who doesn't need an infielder who hits around .300, hits doubles, drives in some runs and will hit you 12-15 HRs a year? Maybe the Dodgers? Blake DeWitt doesn't seem like the guy they want to bring into a deep run in the playoffs...if they make it there. There is a cluster of players in the infield for the Royals and Callaspo right now has the most value, someone can use him.
Jose Guillen: I hope Moore is a better sales man than he is a GM because we might be able to get something out of Guillen if its the right team and the right situation. Raul Ilbanez in Philadelphia has not been good this season. At the end of June, Guillen hitting .270 16 HR 50 RBI suddenly starts looking pretty good compared to Ilbanez and Atlanta is just far away where the Phillies are just getting desperate enough.
Jason Kendall: They say he can handle the pitching staff, but I'm just not seeing it. There hasn't been great improvement to anyone in particular and his number are just good enough that a team looking for a catcher to play every fourth or fifth day might give up a guy in low A with a little upside just for insurance. Look for Texas to make a move for him as they have no one really that is doing much behind the backstop.
Kyle Farnsworth: Is there a team that could want this guy? Actually there are teams that could be interested and what makes it even more interesting is his stats are pretty good right now. 2.53 ERA 16 K 6 BB 21.1 innings. Okay, so its nothing to write home about, but I think the Dodgers, Yankees, Angels and Mets all don't care about money nearing playoff time and Farnsworth is just that interesting to possibly trade a prospect or two.
Bruce Chen: I know people are probably saying who wants this guy? Think of this; what happens when your starter either is getting shelled, gets injured or gets tossed like Roy Oswalt in early innings and you want to stay competitive for the game without using 4-5 relievers for the game or a starting pitcher? You call in a long reliever. If Chen can put together another couple of games like the 4 inning 1 ER 5 K that he did against Boston and you could have some teams calling. Teams that don't have the player in their pen that was supposed to be a starter but never worked out will be calling so think Boston or Atlanta. What's he worth? Probably not much, but money off the books and at least some more depth in the minor leagues or a little cash on hand is worth at least something.