The Kansas City Royals are a team that is on the brink of doing something special in the American League if they could get some pitching to go with their young offense led by Billy Butler, Eric Hosmer and Salvador Perez. The Royals have already made some pitching moves this offseason with the addition of Ervin Santana but I think there is another big pitching move that could be made in going out and getting free agent closer Brian Wilson.
Wilson, just like former Royals closer Joakim Soria, is coming off of Tommy John surgery but can you just imagine Wilson’s odd ways playing out in Kansas City? It would definitely bring some excitement to a fan base that hasn’t seen much to cheer about in the last two decades. The best part of the chance for Wilson is that it may take some of the media pressure off the younger Royals players like Hosmer, who had a terrible sophomore slump in 2012. If Hosmer can get his bat going again and with Wil Myers likely on his way to Kansas City to take over right field, Kansas City could contend for a Wild Card in 2013.
It is obviously a long shot for this to happen but Royals general manager Dayton Moore has said that the team needs more pitching. It is a back of the game improvement but one that could have many different and lasting impacts on a young team looking to find their way to success in the very tough American League Central. What is the harm in going big?
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