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The Royals

I just wanted to mention before everyone gets up in arms about the Sox losing a game or games to the Royals, that the Royals aren't terrible. If they had any offense, they might even be good. This is a team that is just a few bats and another arm from being the Mariners. Ok, not a ringing endorsement, but anyway.

The Royals have a true ace (Greinke) and two developing young starters (Hochever and Bannister) and a ssolid veteran (Gil Meche) in their rotation. The bullpen is potentially very good with a wonderful closer (Soria) and some veteran bullpen arms (Cruz, Mahay, Farnsworth and Wright).

The problem is they cannot hit and they can't buy break with their prospects. They invest a lot in top draft pics, but don't get much. So far, great prospects like Mark Teahan, Alex Gordon, and John Buck have been good at best. They've had two breakout rookie shortstops (ROY Angel Berroa and Aviles last year) who have inexplicably fallen apart after year one (Note: I don't actually know what's up with Aviles, maybe his tommy john injury killed his hitting, but that's not normal for not pitchers).

Right now they need Gordon to become the star he should be. They need a veteran professional hitter to solidify the offense. And they need a few other prospects to blow up. It's sad when David Dejesus is your most successful everyday player developed. He's good, but that's it. He'd be the 4th outfielder on the Sox.

I guess I'm writing this only because I am always fascinated by low budget teams. I wish them the best.

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