Kansas City Royals: How to ‘Moneyball’ this winter to remain competitive

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KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 05: Dayton Moore, left, general manager of the Kansas City Royals talks with owner and Chief Executive Officer David Glass during batting practice at Kauffman Stadium on September 5, 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Reed Hoffmann/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 05: Dayton Moore, left, general manager of the Kansas City Royals talks with owner and Chief Executive Officer David Glass during batting practice at Kauffman Stadium on September 5, 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Reed Hoffmann/Getty Images) /
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OAKLAND, CA – AUGUST 16: Eric Hosmer
OAKLAND, CA – AUGUST 16: Eric Hosmer /

The Thoroughbred

The lifeblood of the Kansas City Royals lineup in 2017 came from their first baseman Hosmer. The recipient of a (controversial) Silver Slugger award this offseason and also a (even more controversial) Gold Glove award. The Kansas City Royals need to aim to bring back their homegrown superstar in 2018.

Yes, the easiest way to gather a collection of three players whose average OBP is .354 would be to sign one player who posted an OBP of .385 last season. The Kansas City Royals desperately need Hosmer for multiple reasons. Ticket sales, fandom, a new TV deal, the ability to compete and the need for a superstar are all reasons that the team need to bring back Hosmer.

And while signing Hosmer would be a bit different route than the A’s took in real life and subsequently in the movie, the Royals are in a much better financial situation than Oakland and can probably afford to bring Hosmer back within a certain price range.

If you scroll through the Kings of Kauffman website long enough, you’ll find plenty of articles that I wrote detailing the Royals’ need for Hosmer. They need him, and I am of the belief that they will do everything in their power to bring him back.

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