They've lost catcher Salvador Perez for three months. And they've lost closer Joakim Soria likely for the season.
The Royals could still be good enough to contend for the postseason, at least according to Hall of Famer George Brett.
"Why not? You don't rule anything out," Brett told me by phone. "I see this team coming together and getting closer every day. That gives you the ability to overcome some things, to get through some adversity.
"This team reminds me of the 1985 Royals team in terms of camaraderie. The makeup is different because the '85 team had a lot of veterans and this team doesn't. The oldest position player on this team is Mitch Maier, I think, and he doesn't even start.
"But there was a closeness to that '85 team that I see here as well."
Brett, a Royals vice president, traditionally spends every day of spring training working on the field with the players.
"I can honestly say this is the most fun I've had in spring training since I retired," he sa...