I imagine that most of the people on this site have learned the lesson from drafting prospects for need that we all basically agree on the idea of best player available. Yet, on the discussion over whether Montero would be a valuable trade chip to get Greinke, people noted that the Royals might not have a space for him - and the truth is that if there is any team with the prospects that they should seriously consider need rather than value alone, it might be the Royals now. So, I was wondering, if you were the Royals, and thinking more in terms of need (without, obviously, ignoring value), whom would you be looking for?
As the Montero commenters noted, the Royals are not lacking for potentially elite young hitters. Billy Butler, Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas and Will Myers would likely all make a list of the most talented hitters below 25. The one issue with those players, however, is that the Royals might be forced to put a terrific hitter in a place where his defense could be a disadvantage. If they could find a very talented player who was also a true CF, that might be a huge bonus for them. Similarly, a MIF or C who could hit might be very valuable. Though they have a ton of pitching talent, depth, particularly from the right side, is always helpful.
Does this make sense to you? If you were the Royals, which CF, MIF or C might you be looking for? Would you see if the Cardinals would include Rasmus in a deal for Greinke? What about seeing if a deal based around Ackley and Pineda is possible? Might you see if the Orioles would include Adam Jones, Machado, and maybe another piece? What about if the Rays would deal Desmond Jennings, or even B.J. Upton? Are there any catchers whom you would target? What about true middle infielders other than Machado? (Or maybe somebody closer)