Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Royals Revival

The Kansas City Royals have been irrelevant in the Wild Card Era.  The franchise has endured 17 losing seasons since 1995 and finished above .500 only once in 2003 thanks to this historic night.  Basically, if not for the Pittsburgh Pirates two-decade-old disappearing act, the Royals would have the honor of least competitive franchise in MLB.

In recent years, the starting pitching has resembled waiver wire fodder in your yahoo fantasy league. 

Luminaries such as Jose Lima, Runelvys Hernandez, Sean O’Sullivan, Vin Mazzaro, and everyone’s favorite, Kyle Davies has littered the roster with below average replacement level value.  The only quality starter the Royals have been able to develop this millennium is the Dodgers $147 million man, Zack Greinke.

On Sunday, GM Dayton Moore finally infused the roster with a potential ace in James Shields and quality RHP Wade Davis.  The trade of prospect Wil Myers to the Tampa Bay Rays has left many baseball industry members scratching their heads but the Royals fan base is tired of continuous rebuilding and Moore’s job is on the line.

The 2013 Kansas City Royals enter the season with its best starting staff since George Brett was still an active player in 1993.  James Shields and Wade Davis help augment the resigning of RHP Jeremy Guthrie and the trade for RHP Ervin Santana.  The number five spot is between LHP Bruce Chen and RHP Luke Hochevar.

A bold trade for frontline starting pitching and young offensive nucleus could elevate the franchise to capture its first post-season birth since the 1985 World Champion squad.

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