The Royals, looking for upgrades at second base and in right field, have had discussions about Gordon Beckham of the White Sox, Howie Kendrick of the Angels and Rickie Weeks of the Brewers, according to sources.
There was no indication Tuesday that the Royals were close on a deal for any of the three players, or any other trade, for that matter. While they still won't completely rule out dealing starter Ervin Santana, he was still scheduled to pitch Tuesday night against the Twins as the Royals try to extend their six-game winning streak.
The Royals would prefer not to give up on this season, but their interest as a possible buyer would be in players they could control beyond 2013. Beckham, Kendrick and Weeks are all under control through 2015.
Deals for any of the three wouldn't be simple. The Angels are now open to discussing Kendrick, but would want players (most likely pitchers) who would impact their club in 2014. And it's not clear how comfortable the White Sox would be with trading Beckham within the division. Weeks, meanwhile, is signed for $11 million next year, with an $11.5 million option for 2015, and there's no chance the Royals would want to take on all that money.
Also, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Royals are one of the teams on Kendrick's no-trade list. While that doesn't necessarily prevent a deal, it does make it more complicated.
The Royals have also looked at Kevin Frandsen of the Phillies, although he is more of a utility player than a full-time second baseman.