So it is December, still 99 days away from Opening Day. The Royals have a lot of work to do on their roster, but with their plan to cut payroll, they don’t really have much flexibility to add to the roster. If anything, you will simply see them subtract.
Despite their hardships, the Royals are obligated to play 162 games next year. Looking at the current roster, what would your starting lineup look like right now sans Hosmer, Moustakas, and Cain? Who fills out your roster on the bench? What does your pitching staff look like?
Take a look at the roster you have filled out. What is the most urgent area of need for just...warm bodies? How many games does that team win?
One thing is for sure - Dayton Moore has his work cut out for him the next few years.
Players likely to be in camp:
Catchers: Drew Butera, Cam Gallagher, Salvador Pérez, Meibrys Viloria
First Basemen: Brandon Moss, Ryan O’Hearn, Frank Schwindel
Infielders: Cody Asche, Cheslor Cuthbert, Hunter Dozier, Samir Duenez, Nicky Lopez, Whit Merrifield, Raúl Mondesí, Ramon Torres, Corey Toups
Outfielders: Jorge Bonifacio, Billy Burns, Alex Gordon, Terrance Gore, Paulo Orlando, Jorge Soler, Bubba Starling
Starting pitchers: Scott Barlow, Danny Duffy, Sam Gaviglio, Jason Hammel, Jakob Junis, Nate Karns, Ian Kennedy, Eric Skoglund, Kyle Zimmer
Relief pitchers: Scott Alexander, Miguel Almonte, Mike Broadway, Ryan Buchter, Brian Flynn, Kelvin Herrera, Tim Hill, Brad Keller, Richard Lovelady, Andrés Machado, Brandon Maurer, Kevin McCarthy, Wily Peralta, Burch Smith, Joakim Soria, Eric Stout