The Royals, until the end, held steady to their demand for a ready-now starting pitcher in return for veteran closer Jonathan Broxton before settling Tuesday for the best-available deal — two minor-league pitchers — just before the 3 p.m. deadline.

"We tried to focus on bringing back a starting pitcher who could be in our rotation today," general manager Dayton Moore admitted. "Or if not today, certainly next year. It just didn't materialize for us."