Kansas City's stay atop the American League Central standings last month may have been fleeting, but it was a sign that the Royals may finally be ready to break a nearly 30-year absence from postseason baseball.
With a strong starting rotation and an excellent bullpen, the Royals are perhaps the only real competition Detroit will face for the division this season. But if they hope not to squander their opportunity, general manager Dayton Moore is going to have to address some weak spots on the major league roster.
In a somewhat surprising development, owner David Glass told Andy McCullough of The Kansas City Star that the club would consider adding to its payroll if necessary, though he added that he's not convinced the team needs to make a deal in order to contend.
As trade chatter surrounding the team picks up, keep it here for the most up-to-the-minute rumblings about the Royals as well as analysis and everything else that comes with it.
While the post date on this tracker will always show as July 1, simply click to the next slide to see the latest from the rumor mill as the Royals look to improve their chances to reach the playoffs for the first time since 1985.