In the latest Royal Revival poll I asked How the Royals will acquire their front line starter? Here are the results:
They won't acquire one - 14 votes (18%)
Trade - 39 votes (54%)
Free Agency - 11 votes (14%)
Posting System - 10 votes (13%)
Earlier today CBS Sports predicted the Royals to land C.J. Wilson for 5 years and $80 million. Later ESPN reported that the Royals had been in discussions regarding Jair Jurrjens. Trade talks involved Wil Myers and Lorenzo Cain.
Personally I don't think the Royals would move Myers unless for a legitimate number 1. Jurrjens absolutely doesn't do it for me in that regard. However, if the Royals could acquire Jurrjens for Lorenzo Cain and a couple of lower level guys and the Royals could find an explanation for Jurrjens dip in velocity in 2011, I would consider the deal.
Jurrjens improves the rotation, that is clear. However, I don't believe he is the game changer the Royals are looking for. Due to this reason I wouldn't include any of the system's elite prospects to bring Jurrjens to Kansas City.
It wouldn't be the end of the world for the Royals to stand pat this off season. It isn't what the fans want, but it would allow the organization another year to evaluate what they have. Also, the Royals wouldn't have to overspend on the trade or free agent markets when they are likely not quite ready to contend anyway.
Don't force your hand and hurt yourself long term. The organization has made it this far and put themselves in a good position through patience and faith. Don't blow that now.