The Kansas City Royals have been active in adding pieces to the club this offseason. On the heels of a winning season, the team obviously feels that they will find themselves contending for the division title in 2014.
Contending for the division title did not require a complete overhaul of the roster. The Royals were able to shop intelligently for pieces that would improve the team. A backup catcher, a backup infielder, a rotation arm, a second baseman and a leadoff hitter were the shopping list items. General manager Dayton Moore effectively evaluated his ability to field each one of those needs while sacrificing as little of his current roster as possible.
For the first time in recent memory, the Royals were willing to open the coffers and spend on a free agent acquisition. They found a way to deal from a surplus of outfielders and relief pitchers to strengthen themselves elsewhere.
Here are five impact moves that Dayton Moore and the Kansas City Royals have pulled off this offseason, ranked in order of impact to the club.