At the top of the list of players who could be dealt is third baseman Mike Moustakas, who signed a one-year deal during Spring Training. Moustakas has been around long enough to understand the big picture.
"Watching [Lorenzo Cain] and [Eric Hosmer] go, and the guys we won a World Series with go, is tough," Moustakas said Wednesday. "But at the end of the day, this is a business. We get that. I get that. And the Royals have to do what's best for the Royals. We all understand that."
Moustakas certainly understands his situation. With the team more than 30 games under .500, he knows more deals are coming, and he knows he is a valuable asset in trade talks.
Moustakas, who set the franchise record with 38 home runs last season, leads the team with 15 home runs and 49 RBIs this season.
"But coming out here every day, you can't think of that," he said. "You have to perform at a high level. If you start wondering where you'll end up, it just gets in the way. You can't let it get into your head."
And Moustakas swears he isn't checking his cell phone every five minutes chasing down every rumor.
"Not really," he said, smiling. "I'm pretty sure someone will come in and tell me if something happens to me. If I do have questions, I just call my agent.
"I honestly have no idea [when he might get dealt]. What [general manager Dayton Moore] wants to do, he's in charge. My job isn't to worry about that."
Does Moustakas think he'll get a heads up from the organization if a deal is in the works?
"I think Dayton still has a job to do, and whatever is best for the organization, he has to do," Moustakas said. "He has done a lot for me and my family over these past 10 or 11 years. I couldn't ask him to do more. If he did [talk to me first], that would be cool. If he didn't, that would be cool, too. His job is to look after this organization."
Grimm to DL On Wednesday, The Royals placed right-hander Justin Grimm on the 10-day disabled list and recalled right-hander Jason Adam. Grimm began suffering from a right shoulder impingement last weekend in Houston, manager Ned Yost said.