The Royals' acquisition of right-hander Ervin Santana and their signing of right-hander Jeremy Guthrie merely whetted the appetite of Royals fans.
Royals fans are hungry for more, as in another arm to retool one of the worst rotations in baseball last season.
Royals general manager Dayton Moore understands that hunger.
But he has to be careful not to mortgage the team's future for any short-term gain.
As Moore embarks on baseball's annual winter meetings Monday in Nashville, Tenn., he undoubtedly will field many questions from other general managers about how willing he is to land another starting pitcher.
"It's always a balancing act," Moore said by phone. "You always have to determine your acquisition costs. Sure, you want a solid starting pitcher. Everyone does. Go up and down any team's roster and they're going to want another starter. It's the commodity you have to have.
"But you have to keep the big picture in mind."
And the big picture for the Royals is the program Mo...