Pat Burrell and the Kansas City Royals thought that trading for Major League pieces in the middle of May would be a difficult proposition, but they had underestimated the power of the trading block. After putting out feelers for a few players listed on the block, it became clear that they were more than just available–they were priced to move. The Royals would be able to upgrade both their rotation and their lineup with some judicious planning.
The first call Pat Burrell made was to Sandy Alderson, GM of the struggling New York Mets. The Mets had not been expected to contend in 2014, and in the new alternate future they were more than living up to expectations. They sustained a 9-18 record in April and continued to barely limp along into May. Alderson already knew there wasn’t much hope of competing, and wanted to move some of the older spare parts off for pieces in the future.