Royals general manager Dayton Moore pulled off a needed trade on Wednesday, Day 3 of the Winter Meetings, moving closer Wade Davis and the remaining $10 million on the right-hander's contract to the Cubs for outfielder Jorge Soler.
But Moore will have to decide which of those six he believes he can keep for the long term. The Royals started initial talks with Duffy about a long-term deal last month.
"We're going to try to make a run at some of these guys," Moore said. "We're not just going to let them walk out the door."
But Moore also made it clear that he will continue to listen to trade offers. There has been interest in Dyson from the Orioles and the A's. Dyson or Cain could be trade material because the Royals now have five outfielders vying for three starting spots.
The Royals, with the loss of Davis, may have to deal someone to find a cost-efficient addition to the bullpen.
"We want to improve our bullpen," Moore said. "It didn't perform to our expectations last year. And now we don't have Wade Davis. The natural question is, 'How do we fix it?' We just go to work and evaluate it one at a time and piece it together. We'll figure it out. I have great confidence in [manager Ned Yost's] ability to utilize a bullpen.
"But understand this: When you have a guy as your closer that you're comfortable with, that rock, that anchor, you can put together a bullpen."