The Kansas City Royals have a few parts to move at the MLB trade deadline that came and went yesterday but many of them remain on the team. Only closer Jonathan Broxton was moved, leaving behind other names like Jose Mijares who had also served interest. It is perhaps for that reason that Jim Bowden of ESPN gave the Royals at 'C-' grade for their moves at the deadline.
The Royals picked up Juan Carlos Sulbaran, a AA starter, and Donnie Joseph, a AAA reliever, from the Reds for Broxton in a move that was widely praised. However Bowden must not think so.
He writes, "The Royals knew they weren't going to re-sign Broxton or offer him salary arbitration at season's end. So with no draft pick compensation ahead, they did the right thing to trade him for a couple minor-league arms. Sulbaran is a former high school teammate of Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer. He profiles as a back-of-the-rotation starter. Joseph, 24, was the Reds' third pick in the 2009 draft and should help their bullpen depth."