The team finished third in their division with a record of 72-90. That’s a record almost identical to last season’s 71-91. Still, it was an improvement from the previous two years when the team didn’t even get to 70 wins.
What will it take for the Royals to be better than "not terrible" next year?
They’ll need to make some changes to their roster, particularly when it comes to their starting pitching.
The Royals were ranked among the worst in the league in batting average against (.270) and ERA (4.30) this season.
Left-hander Bruce Chen was the only starter to get double-digit wins (11-14, 5.07 ERA).
If the Royals can acquire a couple of solid starting pitchers, they’ll definitely improve their chances of making it to the playoffs next year…or at least of having a winning season.
The Royals claimed Chris Volstad from the Cubs off waivers recently to fill the roster. But a pitcher with a 6.31 ERA who finished with a 3-12 record this season? That’s not the kind of acquisitions KC should be making.
So who should the Royals get?
Here are a few available starters who Kansas City might consider bringing on board for next year.