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Baird has options ... and holes to fill

The Royals need to break up their team and make trades that could put them in line to prosper in the future.

Originally Published: June 11, 2004
By Rob Neyer | ESPN.com

Well, better late than never.

After losing in Oakland on May 23, the Kansas City Royals stood 13-28, and 11 games behind the first-place Chicago White Sox. The Royals, as an organization, right then should have started thinking about 2005 (and beyond), because teams with that record and that distance between themselves and first place simply don't win anything.

But this team opened the season with big hopes, and it's hard to give those up before Memorial Day. Royals general ...

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