The Kansas City Royals are no longer going to be getting R.A. Dickey, according to Andy Martino of the Daily News. The Royals were previously named as one of eight or ten teams to be in the running for Dickey.
The rumored deal was that the Royals were going to send minor league prospect Wil Myers for Dickey, but a top Royals official decided to not trade the 2011 minor league player of the year.
The Royals are still interested in landing a top pitcher, but they are not interested in giving up Myers to land a front-end line pitcher. Kansas City is open to the idea of trading other prospects for a top-flight pitcher, but if they can't do that, then they will likely go for a different position this offseason.
The only other offer that the Royals have for a starting pitcher comes from the Tampa Bay Rays, but they want Myers plus another prospect for pitcher James Shields. However, Kansas City objected to that offer, because if they give up Myers, they want it to be for a player that can get them into the playoffs.