It's mostly quiet on the Royals front, unless you consider this breaking news:
I'm also less than motivated to write about a team that continues to tread in a sea of mediocrity, and shows no signs of making any moves to change that trend. So let's see how everyone else is coping.
Michael Engel looks at how the Royals are effectively punting three innings a game with the bottom half of the lineup, and it doesn't appear to be getting better anytime soon.
Paul York is officially ready to declare the Royals season dead, and has given up on the current regime.
Landon Adams does a nice job attaching a dollar figure to Santana's trade value.
Sam Mellinger's opinion on the Royals seems to be drifting to the one held by most at RR. Santana really needs to be traded.
If you haven't seen this video that Santana tweeted out yesterday, you should probably watch it:
Grant Brisbee doing his usual good work over at BN:
I can understand losing respect for players. I can understand feeling deceived as a fan. I can really, really, really understand wanting all this to go away. But I don't understand the abject rage of columnists and fans.
Steven Goldman is ready to move on from two players who haven't contributed in 2013, and talk more about the younger generation of baseball players.
Evan Hall examines how Harper doesn't fit the usual stereotype of a Mormon-athlete, and why that's a positive.
Will Leitch has never been to Kauffman Stadium, so the K doesn't make his list. He lists Wrigley as his favorite ballpark that he's traveled too.
What can I say, I'm a company man. But Satchel Price does a nice job looking at why NBA teams are still going after Oden even though he hasn't played professional basketball in nearly four years.
Julian Baggini argues that cynicism helps people question what is wrong with the world and strive to make it a better place.
Danielle Riendeau and Chris Plante discuss the ending of the latest Naughty Dog game, so obvious spoilers if you haven't finished the game (you should have finished the game by now, it's great).
Chase Madar looks how American journalism could suffer a serious blow depending on the fallout of the Bradley Manning Wikileaks case.