Kansas City Royals Positional Battles Heading into Spring Training
By David Hill
The Kansas City Royals have spent quite a hefty sum this offseason, yet still have a few jobs up for grabs. Let us look at these possible positional battles as the Royals get ready for Spring Training.
Everything was great for the Kansas City Royals at the beginning of November. They had just won their second World Series title, avenging their loss in Game Seven during the previous year. The Royals proved that they were more than a one year wonder, running roughshod over the American League for most of the regular season before transforming into the Cardiac Kids when the playoffs began. It was amazing to watch, and an experience that no Royals fan will forget.
However, given the plethora of free agents that the Royals had, those good feelings ended quickly. Dayton Moore and the Royals front office were facing a critical offseason, and had plenty of work to do. Even though they lost players like Johnny Cueto and Ben Zobrist, the Royals were able to retain Alex Gordon, while bringing in Ian Kennedy and Joakim Soria. Moore is certainly intending on keeping this window of opportunity open for a couple more years, at least.
Yet, there are still holes on the Royals roster. Spring Training will have an added significance this season, with several positions open for competition. For a team that is looking for their third consecutive American League title, it is going to be an interesting six weeks in Surprise.
Let us take a look at the possible competitions heading into Spring Training, and the competition that the Royals have for those potentially open positions.
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