In recent years the Kansas City Royals have become know as sellers at the trade deadline and in the offseason, moving veteran players in exchange for a never-ending string of prospects. The strategy is simple but not all that effective when it comes to being competitive for the postseason.
However, the club is slowly building up a core of talented players who are young enough to stick around for a few years before moving on. As examples, first baseman Eric Hosmer, third baseman Mike Moustakas and starting pitcher Danny Duffy are all 22 or younger.
The Royals have become adept at filling in the gaps with moderately-priced free agents and role players, and if they can continue that success, the team should be in a surprisingly good position within the next couple of years.
But to maximize their shot at making the playoffs sometime soon, the Royals need to capitalize on their current crop of sell-high candidates. Here are five players who, if properly shopped, could net K.C. nice returns in 2011.