Is the Reign Over?
The Kansas City Royals have experienced a very rewarding past few years after having only one winning season from 1994-2012. Royals fans had to dream of days of old to keep from getting further discouraged by their terrible run of almost twenty years. However, there was a light at the end of the tunnel for the Royal faithful.
In 2013, the Royals finally were able to finish over .500 going 86-76 on the season. These 86 wins were the most for the Royals since 1989. That is a span of over twenty years! For KC, the 2013 season was just the beginning of a four season run of success. These four years were accompanied by two trips to the World Series including one World Series ring. So everything’s great right? Wrong.
Last season, the Royals were starting to look like they might be moving in the wrong direction as they finished the year 81-81, which was not good enough to make the playoffs. The hope among fans is that they could bounce back this year. To this point, that hope has been muted as the Royals to date are 37-37. Right now they are on a pace of 81 wins and 81 losses… exactly what they did last year. If they could only put together 81 for a second straight season, then they would miss the playoffs for the second straight year. The past two years haven’t been great for KC, but even if they don’t make the playoffs this year they can next year right? Again wrong.
The Royals really have to go all out this year. Their current core is made up of 1B Eric Hosmer, 3B Mike Moustakas, CF Lorenzo Cain, SS Alcides Escobar, and SP Danny Duffy. Of this core, everyone will be free agents next year except for Danny Duffy. This is a really bad situation for KC, because they are a small market team and all these impending free agents will be expecting major paydays. Even if GM Dayton Moore can re-sign one or two of these four, they would till be losing major pieces of their core. The Royals have a sparse minor league system and don’t have major league caliber players ready in the system to take over for the future free agents.
I’ve racked my Sports Mind to figure out the what plan will help the Royals out the best for the future, and I believe a rebuild is necessary. My Sports Mind believes that if GM Dayton Moore is able to trade two or three of those impending free agents they should be able to get a nice haul and expedite the rebuild. Obviously, no franchise wants to rebuild, but if KC is proactive with this rebuild it may not last long.
What’s on your Sports Mind?