Following the emotional 2017 season finale, Royals fans held out hope for a miracle that the team would keeps its core players together.
But as the months passed, a certain resignation set in that Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Lorenzo Cain and Alcides Escobar probably would not be returning to the Royals.
On Wednesday, a rumor circulated at the Winter Meetings in Florida that made Royals fans cringe: left-hander Danny Duffy could be traded just 11 months after signing a club-friendly extension.
Duffy heard the chatter, too, and proclaimed his desire to remain a Royal. That led fans to threaten a revolt if general manager Dayton Moore were to pull the trigger on a trade involving Duffy.
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Here is just a sample of what fans were saying: