The Kansas City Royals are putting the finishing touches on spring training and gearing up for the 2014 season. The climate around the team has changed and the expectations to win are growing.
The Royals have not reached the postseason since their last World Series victory in 1985. Prior to last season, they had not posted a winning record since 2003. The 1994 season was the last time the Royals were able to post a winning record in two consecutive seasons.
They hope to change all of that this year.
General manager Dayton Moore has been patient with a farm system that is now boiling over with talent. He has successfully ventured into the free-agent pool to find complementary pieces to the home-grown talent.
Manager Ned Yost takes the helm again in 2014. He will look to shake the stigma of falling just short in his career. He has helped build the Milwaukee Brewers, and now the Royals, into contenders. In 2014, he will look to reach the postseason and prove that he can take the next step and help a team he developed win on the October stage.
Ultimately, 2014 will be a key year for the franchise. Here's a complete look at what the 2014 season holds for the Royals.