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Did Royals Signal Offseason Plan by Claiming Volstad on Waivers from Cubs?

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Did Royals Signal Offseason Plan by Claiming Volstad on Waivers from Cubs?
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The Royals’ decision to claim struggling right-hander Chris Volstad on waivers Friday from the Chicago Cubs could be more than a simple move to assemble greater short-term inventory for a troubled rotation. It might also signal the club plans to pursue affordable low-risk starting pitchers this offseason rather than enter into expensive free-agent auctions for Anibal Sánchez and Kyle Lohse, or even stretch their budget to retain Jeremy Guthrie.

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