Better days ahead for the Royals

Updated: July 24, 2010, 11:59 AM ET
By Buster Olney
Friday was not a good day for the Kansas City Royals, who learned that David DeJesus will miss the rest of the season because of a thumb injury, which means that the Royals will miss out on opportunity -- for now, anyway -- to trade him for a couple of good prospects from the Red Sox or the Giants or the Padres or some other interested team. The Giants were well along in their trade talks for DeJesus, writes Henry Schulman.

Then, hours after the Royals learned about the severity of the DeJesus injury, they were overwhelmed by the Yankees. It has not been a good year for the Royals, who for the 25th consecutive October will not appear in the playoffs.

But if rival evaluators are right, there are really good days coming for the Royals. Other teams have been combing through the minor league systems of other clubs, including the Royals, as they prepare for possible midseason deals, and time and again, scouts and GMs and assistant GMs have come away raving about the Kansas City prospects. "I wish we had what they have coming down the road," said one scout.