Royals don't appear close to Deadline deals

Royals don't appear close to Deadline deals

SEATTLE -- With just a few days left before Tuesday's non-waiver Trade Deadline, there's no indication that the Royals are close to any deals.

General manager Dayton Moore said "it's business as usual" with conversations with a lot of teams.

"Our focus hasn't changed," he said. "We want to do everything in our power to give our team an opportunity to win, not only today but into the future, so anything that we do would be predicated on building and adding to this current group of young, talented players."

Moore wouldn't comment on inquiries about four players that reportedly have sparked some interest -- closer Jonathan Broxton, right fielder Jeff Francoeur, reliever Jose Mijares and infielder Yuniesky Betancourt.

Not much speculation has surfaced lately on Francoeur, who is battling a slump and was 1-for-15 on this trip going into Friday night.

"I like it here. I know I need to do better, but I want to be here and be a part of this," Francoeur said. "I'm working hard with Seitz [hitting coach Kevin Seitzer] to turn this thing around. I've gone through it before, it's nothing new, and I'll go through it again. It's just getting out of it and it's magnified when the team isn't going good. When you're winning games, it's easy to go through it -- I've done that with Atlanta. But when you're losing games, it's never fun."