The Kansas City Royals finished the Winter Meetings quietly. There were vague rumours, as there always are, but for the second year in a row Dayton Moore opted not to make any major moves.
Although the Royals are near enough to exactly where they were at the start of the week, that does not mean they will still be at the start of the season. It’s worth remembering that arguably the Royals biggest trade in recent years, the deal that sent Zack Greinke to the Milwaukee Brewers, was completed more than a week after the conclusion of the winter meetings. It would not come as any shock for the Royals to still make a significant offseason move (or more significant than those which they have already made, at least). There are still notable free agents on the market and Kyle Lohse in particular. Also the future of RA Dickey is undecided and there has been a hint that, as I suggested in October they might, the Royals could be looking into acquiring him via a trade.
There are still more than two months even until pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training and still plenty of dealing and signing to be done. I think the Royals will still make a serious play for another strong starter. But as Moore pointed out, the team is already a much improved one and should at least be more competitive in the AL Central next year. But I think all Royals fans will want one more big acquisition to go into next year with a real hope of challenging for the top of the table.