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Complete Kansas City Royals 2014 Spring Training Preview
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Fans in Kansas City have been anxiously awaiting the next wave of success, which will be the first time for a lot of younger diehards, for their beloved Royals to take control of the American League Central. 

Even though things didn't work out perfectly in 2013, with the Royals finishing behind Detroit and Cleveland in the division, there might not be a team better prepared to take a step forward in 2014. 

Eric Hosmer, who seemed destined for greatness after an impressive rookie season, figured out his issues in 2012 and the first half of 2013 to finish the year with an OPS just over .800. 

In fact, three of their core position players—Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas and Salvador Perezenter this season 25 years old or younger. Pair that with a rotation that combines proven veterans (James Shields, Jason Vargas) with high-ceiling power (Yordano Ventura), and suddenly the Royals look a lot better. 

No team in the AL Central is perfect, but the Royals might have the perfect blend of experience and youth to make a serious playoff push this season. 

Before the Royals take the field for spring training, let's look back at what they did in the offseason and why optimism should be high in Kansas City. 

 

Note: All stats courtesy of Baseball Reference and FanGraphs unless otherwise noted. 

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