The Kansas City Royals and New York Mets return most of the key players from the previous October.
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Rental second baseman Ben Zobrist and starting pitcher Johnny Cueto left the Kansas City Royals in free-agency, along with right fielder Alex Rios. Former starter Omar Infante takes over at second to open the 2016 season, with free-agent Ian Kennedy coming over from Arizona to join the KC Royals rotation in place of Cueto. The Royals intend to fill right field with a combination of bench players Jarrod Dyson and Paulo Orlando from the 2015 squad, along with 25-year-old prospect Reymond Fuentes.
For the Mets, 2015 playoff hero Daniel Murphy and shortstop Ruben Tejada departed in favor of second baseman Neil Walker and Asdrubal Cabrera at short, who were acquired in off-season trades. Rental Yoenis Cespedes re-signed and will play center on most days, but Juan Lagares will play center in Kansas City with the DH rule in effect.
Kansas City Expected Lineup
CF Lorenzo Cain
1B Eric Hosmer
LF Alex Gordon
2B Omar Infante
New York Mets Expected Lineup
3B David Wright
1B Lucas Duda
2B Neil Walker
CF Juan Lagares
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