The World Series champion Royals are stuck in no-man's land, close enough to contention to keep fighting yet far enough behind the race that going all-in at the trade deadline would be a fool's gambit.
The Royals entered the All-Star break at 45-43, seven games out of first place in the AL Central. They are also on the outside for the final wild-card spot, leaving general manager Dayton Moore and manager Ned Yost in the unenviable position of deciding what direction they should guide the franchise.
"It hasn't been early for a while," Yost said, dismissing the overused cliché of "it's still early."
"But again, you have to stay focused on...