The Kansas City Royals started the winter with something of a flurry of moves. In addition to the usual trimming of the roster and loss of players to free agency, they also have added two pitchers off waivers and acquired Ervin Santana through a trade. But that was a fortnight ago and since then things have been very quiet. This is to be expected to an extent; certainly the Royals were not going to keep up that frenetic pace and with it still being before the winter meetings there is really no hurry.
But in addition to being simply expected, the quiet period may actually be a bit of good news. It is no secret that the Royals are going after starting pitching this year and specifically top-drawer starting pitching. The players the Royals have already picked up are all in the realm of low-hanging fruit; General Manager Dayton Moore certainly needs to get more than that. And the fact that we have heard nothing might be an indication that he is seriously working toward getting something a lot more notable. As good as it would be to have already signed someone like Kyle Lohse, it simply isn’t likely to wrap up something like that this quickly, especially given the number of teams who will be bidding for his services. It will take time. The fact that the Royals are not wasting effort picking up small players off waivers or picking up second-tier pitchers may be a positive indication with regard to efforts to go after first-tier pitchers.