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08:20 AM ET 07.14 | Maybe this isn't the year Kansas City goes selling. This isn't like last year, when [Dayton Moore] felt the need to move a series of aging veterans -- Scott Podsednik, Rick Ankiel, Kyle Farnsworth and Jose Guillen -- who clearly did not project as part of the club's future. He now sees a club where the catcher, either Matt Treanor or Brayan Pena, is the only player in the starting lineup on most nights older than 27. ... "The one constant since we got here [in June 2006] has been change," Moore said. "Now, we've got a young club -- the youngest in the major leagues. It's a group that gets along and wants to win together. Maybe we just let them play and see what happens."

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July 14, 2011  08:47 AM ET

Sadly, the only chance the Royals have of contending is in this way. Build up your farm system a la The Tampa Bay Rays and you will have a small window to compete before the big boys (Boston, New York, Chicago) poach anyone good when free agency times roll around.

July 14, 2011  09:20 AM ET

Now, how do Jeff Francoeur, Melky Cabrera, Kyle Davies and Bruce Chen fit into the future? They're Brave rejects. Kansas City has plenty of dead weight that is not going to help their future. Maybe they can get something for them.

July 14, 2011  09:49 AM ET
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Now, how do Jeff Francoeur, Melky Cabrera, Kyle Davies and Bruce Chen fit into the future? They're Brave rejects. Kansas City has plenty of dead weight that is not going to help their future. Maybe they can get something for them.

Yeah, but they've got all the fungo bats and Big League Chew they need.

July 14, 2011  10:07 AM ET

If the Royals trade any of thier young players, the fans should revolt and boycot the rest of the season. They've suffered terrible baseball for years with the excuse of building from within. So, finally the kids are here. Play 'em.

July 14, 2011  10:26 AM ET
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If the Royals trade any of thier young players, the fans should revolt and boycot the rest of the season. They've suffered terrible baseball for years with the excuse of building from within. So, finally the kids are here. Play 'em.

There's no advantage to trading the kids. They bring in fans, and they're cheap. When they are becoming FA's they may have some decisions to make if they don't buy out a couple of FA years soon.

July 14, 2011  10:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

If the Royals trade any of thier young players, the fans should revolt and boycot the rest of the season. They've suffered terrible baseball for years with the excuse of building from within. So, finally the kids are here. Play 'em.

100% correct - Jeff Francoeur and Melky Cabrera can go if they can get young talent back.

July 14, 2011  12:01 PM ET

KC needs some veterans to show the young kids how to play the right way. Francoeur and Cabrera are doing that. Yeah, send them off if an incredible offer comes across the table. But they're both contributing. This year is a demo for Cabrera, he wants a multi-year deal from someone next year.

July 14, 2011  12:49 PM ET

hold the line for another year

July 14, 2011  01:44 PM ET

the royals should keep intact the franchise, best thing to do its replace every coach, manager, slowly untill they be figureout the puzzle on how to been conssistently on wining games, and achieve the goals that had being set!!!

July 14, 2011  02:37 PM ET
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Might as well try it for one year to see if it works out. Gotta make a stand some time.

It's working for the Mariners. Beats the hell out of a 60 W-100 L season.
They're nowhere near ready for the playoffs yet, but Seattle's AAA team is holding its own and the team is competing against the AL West again instead of being 28 games behind, by the AS break. Plus it's fun to watch these kids grow into the rolls they will be playing, for years to come instead of cursing and turning the channel after 2 innings.

July 14, 2011  05:01 PM ET
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It's working for the Mariners. Beats the hell out of a 60 W-100 L season.They're nowhere near ready for the playoffs yet, but Seattle's AAA team is holding its own and the team is competing against the AL West again instead of being 28 games behind, by the AS break. Plus it's fun to watch these kids grow into the rolls they will be playing, for years to come instead of cursing and turning the channel after 2 innings.

Yep. Pirates should take note as well, or vice versa. Keeping a core of young players together has its benefits ('96 Yankees).

 
July 14, 2011  06:56 PM ET
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Yep. Pirates should take note as well, or vice versa. Keeping a core of young players together has its benefits ('96 Yankees).

agree!!!

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