by John Viril—
With the new year upon us, and only six weeks to the early reporting date for spring training, now is an excellent time for fans to take stock of the Kansas City Royals roster. The short answer is: GM Dayton Moore hasn’t finished the job.
In the wake of December’s big trade of Minor League Player of the Year Wil Myers for starting pitchers James Shields and Wade Davis, the Royals have clearly committed themselves to winning now. James Shields is a legitimate top-of-the-rotation starter (but many do not consider him a true “ace”), but is only under team control for two more option years.
Yet, many analysts still consider Kansas City as only the 2nd or 3rd best team in the Central Division. Bill James’ admittedly optimistic projected wins for 2013 estimates a robust 93 wins for the Royals, but foresees Detroit with 101. Other analysts still consider last year’s surprise team, the Chicago White Sox, ahead of the unproven Royals. Even rabid Royals’ sites like Kings of Kau...