KANSAS CITY, Mo. What's next?
The Royals and general manager Dayton Moore further beefed up their ailing starting rotation on Tuesday by re-signing free-agent Jeremy Guthrie to a three-year, 25 million deal.
That move, which was anything but a certainty considering at least two other teams were in the hunt for Guthrie, dovetails the recent trade for Angels right-hander Ervin Santana and gives the Royals something they haven't had in awhile: Two workhorse starters with a proven record of serving up 200-plus innings a season.
In fact, one could now argue that Moore already has no matter what other three candidates fill out the rotation his best rotation since he had Gil Meche and Zack Greinke in 2009.
But is there anything else a small-market GM can do to further bolster the rotation?
Sure, but don't count on another major pitching acquisition.
On Tuesday, Moore would not rule out the possibility of the Royals dipping into the free-agent market again, but cautione...