Found February 20, 2012 on Fox Sports Kansas City:
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) -- Dayton Moore knew he'd need to improve the Kansas City pitching staff if the Royals were to have any chance of fulfilling some lofty expectations this season. The general manager's first significant move came in November, when he dealt outfielder Melky Cabrera to the San Francisco Giants for Jonathan Sanchez, gambling a left-hander oozing with talent had put a season marred by nagging injuries behind him. Moore then went out an acquired veteran reliever Jonathan Broxton to bridge the gap to closer Joakim Soria, who will be trying to rebound from his own rollercoaster of a year. Perhaps the most significant move Kansas City made, though, had nothing to do with players. The Royals decided to hire Dave Eiland to replace pitching coach Bob McClure, and it will be the longtime Yankees coach's responsibility to begin revamping the Kansas City staff when pitchers and catchers report to the team's spring training complex Monday in Surprise, Ariz. ...

Royals need their starters to be better finishers

Left-hander Jonathan Sanchez is the only offseason addition to the Royals' rotation, which was an Achilles' heel last year. Kansas City's starters compiled a 45-65 record and a 4.82 earned run average a year ago. The Royals had only two complete games in 2012 and neither was nine innings. Right-hander Luke Hochevar, the first pick of the 2006 draft, left-hander Bruce...

Broxton among Royals reporting to spring training

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Concluding The WAR On The Trades Of The GMDM Era

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The Embattled Hero

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