Royals Trade Rumors: 3 Things To Know Before The Deadline

The hours are ticking down in advance of Friday's 2015 MLB Trade Deadline, and there's plenty of intrigue to go around surrounding all 30 MLB teams -- ESPECIALLY the Kansas City Royals. With that in mind, here are three rumors you need to know:

Kansas City unlikely to make another move

The Kansas City Royals have been the most active team at the trade deadline, acquiring two rental players in pitcher Johnny Cueto from the Reds and utility player Ben Zobrist from the Oakland A's, both of whom were considered to be some of the best players on the market. Even though there's still a couple more days until the trade deadline, the team has said they don't expect another deal to be done before them.

GM Dayton Moore says Zobrist trade shows team's aggressive mindset

General manager Dayton Moore discussed the Zobrist trade with reporters after the deal was made:

“We always have a mandate to put the best team on the field. Certainly the play of our team and how our players have responded gives us more motivation to make moves, but we’ve always tried to do whatever could at the deadline to make our team better for the second half, even when we weren’t competing.”

“You’ll have to speak with [Reds GM] Walt [Jocketty] and [A’s GM] Billy [Beane], but for me, they were just satisfied with the package that was offered. I don’t think anybody is gonna execute a deal unless they’re as satisfied as they can be. When we enter into these types of discussions for a player we want we are very aggressive. We have a good idea of what we want and what we want to provide as far as the package goes and what they desire…No sense in stringing things out and creating unnecessary tension. If you know at the end of the day that you’re going to get to a certain place, you might as well get there.”

Royals inquired about David Price before trading for Cueto

Kansas City asked the Tigers about the availability of David Price before acquiring Johnny Cueto, but moved on to the righty when they learned that Price was not yet being marketed, according to Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star.

Detroit has now made Price available, but it's doubtful that the Royals would be willing to re-engage with talks to make a deal for another rental.

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