Notwithstanding newcomer Justin Maxwell’s game-winning 12th-inning home run Saturday the Royals essentially stood pat at last week’s trade deadline.

With the first playoff berth in a generation actually within their reach if not yet their grasp they didn’t force a grand-standing blockbuster franchise-changing maneuver just to say they did.

Which just amplifies and accentuates the fact that that move already was made — in December when they surrendered a potential chunk of their future for what has become the bedrock of their present: ace starter James Shields from whom much of what has happened this season has drizzled down.

Shields who is only 6-7 but has started 13 games the Royals won largely because of how he pitched of course isn’t the sole reason for the Royals’ revival through this point of the season.

But his presence set the tone for and aligned a pitching staff that is tops in the American League through Friday’s games (3.62 ERA) a staff whose work has further been enabled by stellar defense.

That meant from the get-go that the Royals would have a chance at something special — albeit relatively — if and when the bats cranked up.

Presto with runs no longer a rarity the Royals are soaring with 10 wins in their last 11 games and are on the scent of the playoffs.

So never mind that with each thunderous swat for the Tampa Bay Rays Wil Myers the headliner on the other end of the trade may prompt some Royals fans to wince sigh curse mutter or shake their heads.

Even if Myers goes on to the preposterously prosperous career he appears to have before him and even if the other promising prospects the Royals surrendered in the momentous move ultimately succeed the deal was a must.

It was a bold risky declaration that the future is now for the Royals who haven’t been to the playoffs since winning the World Series in 1985 have had one winning (full) season since 1993 and haven’t won more than 75 games in a decade.