Note: this article is in addition to "The Brewers Did The Right thing", written earlier today by Will McDonald.
So, the Royals have an excellent farm system.
Now back at the farm system. We have plenty of good prospects that are valued very highly by other organizations. Prospects like Wil Myers, Jake Odorizzi, Mike Montgomery, John Lamb, and Cheslor Cuthbert are all top prospects.
They had (and still have) a really good offense, much like the 2011 Royals, but far less consistent.
Their defense was average, much like the 2011 Royals.
Now, what are the key differences, you ask? The Royals have more farm system depth than the Brewers. The Royals have more players under team control.
The Brewers traded most of their top prospects for Zack Grienke and Shaun Marcum. Why can't we trade some prospects for two or three good pitchers?
Now, I'm not advocating trading away the entire farm system for an entire rotation of aces. What I'm suggesting is that we get two or three pitchers who are at least #2 starters from trades by trading away some of our depth at the higher levels.
The Brewers did it in relatively the same position, and they are in pretty good shape. Why can't we?