To ownership I say "Competative? My staff ace is %#$^ing Gil Meche!"
The players you meantioned as trade bait aren't going to fetch much. Sanders is injured and nobody bit before trade deadline last year, Perez is terrible and has been for a while, I can't find any reason anyone would want to take a 100 inning a year old worn down kinda bleh to begin with arm in Elarton(who's been in AAA for a part of the year), Sweeney has been a part of KC for so long that if someone wanted him he'd be gone ages ago... basically they have Riske and Dotel as trade bait. They'll be looking for teams with a poor bullpen willing to take a chance that Dotel can bounce back from his injury and be effective, and basically give journeyman Riske another place to pitch a few 7th innings.
Realisitically though, what KC should do is continue to stock up on younger tallent in hopes to be competative down the line. They've built up a nice group of guys in Shealy, Gordon, and Teahen and should continue building on that.
If KC really wants to be agressive, I would try and make a trade with the Cubs, who has a pen that is at best, playing terribly. Also with their idea to move Dempster to the rotation, offering Dotel as insurence to Guzman/whoever is a good idea. Package Dotel, Riske and possibly cash, for Felix Pie. Pie is currently being blocked by Soriano and a host of other vets and doesn't look to be getting any playing time this season, but the hype around him may make the cubs want to hold on. If so KC really should eat the 5mil they're giving to Dotel. I know, fat chance, but it's what they should do.
KC would then call up someone like Standridge or Billy Buckner to fill the pen spot.
The lineup is hard to say, KC will probably want to bat Pie low in the order until they're comfortable with him. They'd move E. Brown to the bench, shift De Jesus to left, and let Pie play center.
SS Pena Jr.
SP De La Rosa
Mop up Standridge/Buckner
Middle Peralta/Gobble (matchups)
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