Originally written on The Viril View: On the KC Royals  |  Last updated 11/18/14
by John Viril— The recent report that the Kansas City Royals were one of the four teams that sent scouts to see free-agent pitcher Javier Vazquez in Puerto Rico indicates Royals GM Dayton Moore is not completely satisfied with his roster. Instead, he’s still looking to improve his starting rotation. This article will examine the remaining available starting pitching options that could possibly help the Royals this season. While the starting rotation promises vast improvement over last season, questions still remain. Wade Davis, acquired along with James Shields in the Wil Myers deal, is the wild card. If the Royals get very lucky, Davis could translate the lessons he learned in missing bats last season after moving to the bullpen (K/9 11.13), into his role as a starter. If he manages to pull off the feat, Davis would be a top-of-the-rotation arm. On the other hand, Davis could struggle as he did in 2010 and 2011 as a member of Tampa’s rotation—establishing that his major league futu...
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