Sam Mellinger

July 31, 2014 7:26 PM

Royals can blame themselves for being losers at the trade deadline

The Royals were never going to make a big move before baseball’s non-waiver trade deadline Thursday. They were always going to nibble at the corners and dig in their heels with the guys on the roster. Because the Royals are stuck in what is now their new normal — not good enough to expect in the playoffs, and not bad enough to blow up and start over.

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