Baseball’s non-waiver trading deadline came and went on Thursday afternoon, and the Kansas City Royals did not make a move. General manager Dayton Moore spoke with reporters for about 11 minutes before Thursday’s game, and explained the factors that hampered his ability to make a move. Here is the transcript:
Major League Baseball’s non-waiver trade deadline is at 3 p.m. Thursday, and one deal that was struck in the morning was a doozy: the Boston Red Sox traded Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes to the Oakland Athletics for Yoenis Cespedes. Near the deadline, Detroit landed Rays left-hander David Price in a three-team deal. Check here for the latest moves on what has been an active day of trades.
In Tuesday’s loss to the Twins, the Royals had a lineup that was similar to the one that was used on opening day. The difference? Billy Butler was dropped from fourth to sixth. Manager Ned Yost says that Butler will stay as the team’s designated hitter as long as he keeps hitting.
Eric Hosmer is listed in the Royals lineup for Tuesday night’s series opener against The Twins at Kauffman Stadium. Hosmer missed all of the weekend series against Cleveland due to a lack of strength in his bruised right hand.
This late in the season, with the Royals desperate to gain ground in the scramble for the American League’s second wild card, they can ill afford to drop a series. So this upcoming, three-game set with Minnesota looms large for a variety of reasons, especially considering Kansas City’s schedule in August.
About four hours before the first pitch of Friday’s Royals-Indians game, pitcher Danny Duffy was booting a soccer ball around Kauffman Stadium’s immaculately manicured outfield. The ball had a Sporting KC logo and Duffy was wearing a No. 8 Graham Zusi shirt.
The Royals scored first on Thursday night when Mike Moustakas hit a double down the left field line. Cleveland’s Ryan Raburn just missed making a great catch. His subsequent throw allowed Moustakas to round the bases.
Little about Billy Butler looks normal in 2014. His power is down. His batting eye looks hazy. His offensive statistics have all fallen short of expectations. Except for one. He leads the American League lead in grounding into double plays.