For a few seasons now, the Kansas City Royals have left their fans wondering: Is this the year the talent comes together?
With promising talent at nearly every position, the Royals have seemed primed for a rise only to remain a bottom-of-the-division team with just one winning season since 1994.
This offseason, the Royals took the next step toward becoming a contender, addressing their biggest weakness by bringing in three pitchers for the starting rotation. In doing so, they've at least put the AL Central's best on notice.
The centerpiece of the rotation renovation is James Shields, who came over from Tampa Bay along with Wade Davis in a trade that cost the Royals one of baseball's elite minor-league prospects: Wil Myers. Shields gives Kansas City a legitimate No. 1 pitcher who won 15 games last season and 16 the year before while leading the league in complete games and shutouts.
Davis, 27, also joins the rotation after spending last year in Tampa Bay's bullpen...