2010 Kansas City Royals Preview
The Kansas City Royals would have been nothing last season without Cy Young award winning pitcher Zack Greinke. Kansas City finished 5th in a weak AL Central division and they made very few moves this off-season to bring themselves out of the divisional basement. Also, with the loss bf one of their most productive bats in Mark Teahan, GM Dayton Moore, has even more rebuilding to do.
3rd year manager Trey Hillman has not seen a lot of success in his short tenure, 140-184 in his two seasons. Hillman's only managerial experience came from five of managing a Japanese team. Hillman doesn't seem like the best possible manager for the Royals if they want to have a successful future. Instead of waiting for Hillman to gain experience, the Royals should have sought after someone with more experience.
It is very hard to make a team successful without without talent and without talented veteran players. However, the Royals do have three talented players that a strong franchise could be built around. They are: SP Zack Greinke won the 2009 AL Cy Young award and had 16-8 record 2.16 ERA with 242 K's. CL Joakim Soria had 30 saves and a consistent 2.21 ERA. Soria brings stability to a very young bullpen. CF David Dejesus is a left handed hitter and fielder from Brooklyn, with a .281 avg and 71 RBI's Dejesus is one of the few veteran leaders that the royals have.
The young and untalented Royals will probably continue to be untalented until GM Dayton Moore make's some moves to improve this team. Adding veteran OF Rick Ankiel is decent move, but drastic changes need to happen pretty soon. FA 1B Hank Blalock could bring his 25 HR to KC and add some power to a weak lineup(Matt Stairs is still a Free Agent).
With only one LHP on the 40-Man Roster that automatically becomes a position of need for the Royals. Jarrod Washburn is a FA for now could go back to Detroit very soon. SP Mike Hampton and RP Scott Eyre are to left handed Free Agent that Kansas City could consider.
Prospects such as OF Jordan Parraz, IF Mike Moustakas and P Zack Wheeler could make an impact in the future, but for now the Royals stay in the basement of American League until Dayton Moore lands a FA that could actually bring some excitement to this boring team.
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