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The Royals have been a scapegoat in the American League for years. They've finished above .500 just once in the last 17 years (2003, when the team finished 83-79), they've dealt away stars like Carlos Beltran and Jermaine Dye for far below market value, and they've handed playing time to some of the worst players you can imagine in baseball. But the team went on a full-on youth movement in 2011, with just one regular (catcher Matt Treanor, who got the most plate appearances in a three headed platoon) on offense older than 27 years old. Veterans Jeff Francis and Bruce Chen anchored the rotation, but the rest of the staff was also laden with youngsters. So far this offseason, Kansas City has tweaked their roster to the point where they're starting to look a tad bit scary in 2012. Could this Royals team really contend? The Royals return the majority of their lineup in 2012. The majority of the changes can only lead to improvement. The team went younger in center field a...
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