I mean...what are they going to do? Trade one of their ridiculously good young hitters for a starting pitcher? Ship a young arm to a contender for an outfielder? No.
The Royals are out of it this year, and they need to develop the minor league pitching first and foremost.
The Royals boast guys like Billy Butler, Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas—the list goes on. So, the lineup is looking good for the future. But where they have really struggled is in the rotation. Making a play at a free-agent starter is a better plan than trying to wheel and deal at the deadline.
Also, according to a tweet by Danny Knobler of CBS Sports, rumor has it that multiple teams are looking at swinging a trade for Jonathan Broxton. All playoff contenders have good closer options, so they likely wouldn't get a great return for him. Plus, with Soria back in the fold for 2013, Broxton goes back to the setup role—a spot he's even better in.