DETROIT -- Inside the Royals' clubhouse after another stirring victory -- this one a 5-3 win in 12 innings over the Tigers on Monday -- talk turned to the front office's commitment to doing whatever is necessary to help this team get back to the postseason.Earlier in the day, just
DETROIT -- Inside the Royals' clubhouse after another stirring victory -- this one a 5-3 win in 12 innings over the Tigers on Monday -- talk turned to the front office's commitment to doing whatever is necessary to help this team get back to the postseason.
Earlier in the day, just before game time, general manager Dayton Moore pulled off a trade with the Padres that could immediately bolster the Royals' pitching staff. Moore acquired right-hander Trevor Cahill, left-hander Ryan Buchter and right-hander Brandon Maurer. The Royals gave up left-handers Matt Strahm and Travis Wood, and Minor Leaguer Esteury Ruiz.
"I think it's going to be great for us," Royals catcher Salvador Perez said. "I think we'll get a little better with those guys coming tomorrow. Whatever it takes to get back to what we were in 2014 and 2015."
Royals manager Ned Yost said Cahill will replace Wood as the No. 5 starter. Buchter and Maurer will join Yost's group of setup men ahead of closer Kelvin Herrera.
"We've got a really good bullpen now," Yost said, "and I think we're going to have a great one. With these new additions, they're going to add depth, they're going to add quality, and it'll be a great bullpen."
Royals players buzzed about the move, from those who haven't been with the team too long to the mainstays.
"We're trying to do something special here," right-hander Jason Hammel said. "The front office is doing whatever it can that they think will help. … It's a commitment to winning.
"It takes the question out of your mind. Not that we pay attention to the whole 'sellers' or 'buyers,' but it lets you know they're committed in this run. They're confident we can go out and make a big second-half move and go deep into October."
Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas knows Moore wants another title with this core group.
"It's the same message he's been sending all year," Moustakas said. "This team's in it. We're in it. We're going to go out there and try to win a World Series.
"Dayton's been saying it all year. We've been saying it all year, and our goal is to go out there and try to win a World Series. It says a lot."
Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB.