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Trade Deadline Is July 31st

Royals have pieces to sell

Henry Lake
July 19, 2017 - 9:57 am

As a sports fan, a lot of times we get caught up in our emotions.  It's apart of being a fan of a team.  It's tough at times to seperate your true feeling and sense for what your favorite team is capable of.  We always want the best for our team, which at times blinds us from the reality of the situation that we are in. I personally try not to be a overly pessimistic or optimistic, but appreciate what my team is and what they are capable based on how they are playing and what I perceive that their ceiling is.

This leads me to the Kansas City Royals and a question that I have asked myself about the team for the last two weeks.  The question that I pose is simple, has the championship window for this team closed?  Oh no, I get it, we don't want to talk about our beloved baseball team not having a chance or real shot at winning a championship.  I don't ask myself this question or you for that matter trying to be negative.  I'm asking this and processing what I believe this team can accomplish in my head, based on what I think is the reality of this team.

My answer to the question is YES, I believe unfortunately that the window has closed.  But it's not because I don't think that this team is still talented. Lorenzo Cain is still one of the best outfielders in the game of baseball. Eric Hosmer isn't just a good, gold glove first baseman, but a young player who is still improving. Mike Moustakas is having his best season yet, displaying the power that we all have been waiting to see from a Royals player. Danny Duffy has become the ace and leader of the pitching staff that we all have dreamed of. Salvador Perez continues to play like he is headed to Cooperstown.  Throw in an all-star appearance from Jason Vargas, solid contributions from Whit Merrifield and Jorge Bonifacio, and you wonder what the hell is Henry Lake talking about when he says the Royals window has closed?

The reason that I feel this way is because of two persons, Alex Gordon and Wade Davis.  Alex Gordon just isn't the player that he was years ago for the Royals. His defense is still something to be admired but offensively, he hasn't been the same guy since he re-signed with the team for the highest contract in team history.  If Gordon was the player now that all Royals fans feel in love with years ago, this team wouldn't be 2 games under .500, they would be in 1st place in the AL Central in my opinion. The success of this team is so tied into Gordon, but he's almost an afterthought when you look at his offensive production these days. Batting .194 and being at the bottom of the lineup severely hampers this team.

But beyond Gordo, the Royals most likely accelerated the window being closed shut when they moved Wade Davis for Jorge Soler.  We understand that Jorge Soler is under team control. We understand that Wade Davis was battling a few nagging injuries last season that gave you some pause. Made you scared that he may be damaged goods. Made you want to try and get something for him before his value started to diminish. Well the reality is that Wade Davis is still one of the best closers in baseball and Jorge Soler is bouncing back and forth like a ping pong ball from the big leagues to the minors. With Wade Davis still on this roster, your bullpen is dominant and still feared. Remember, when he came into a ball game for the Royals, it affected the opponent from a mental perspective too.

It's that simple for me. Gordon not being all world outfielder in every aspect of the game and Wade Davis no longer being the roster has probably closed the door on this specific group of Royals getting a World Series championship. But I'm not too worried about what the future holds for the team though.  I trust that Dayton Moore has some tricks up his sleave and a possible plan in place that will reveal itself in due time.

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