"You want to start well and have a nice cushion," said right-hander Darren O'Day, whose new contract was part of the club's record offseason spending before the 2016 season. "We've all been through it. It's a long season, but yeah, being at the deadline as part of a seller is no fun. It could be fun in a few years when you get those prospects coming back. [The Royals have] had a lot of success. I think they built theirs a little differently, more through the draft and stuff, player development, and those guys are all coming of age. But I think players understand more now than ever about how the game appears to guys in terms of the lifespan of a team. In a perfect world, you can be competitive, cost effective, signing free agents, developing guys every year, but it's just not always feasible."