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Kansas City Royals: Pitching Moves Critical; Johnny Giavotella Hits Minors

Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

The Kansas City Royals hit 2013 attempting to fulfill each of their fans’ dreams — to see their team in a playoff game. This drought dating back to 1985 appears more likely to be broken than it typically does in March, with the team having brought in high-profile acquisitions this off-season after earning a reputation for being generally cheap in recent decades.

Sporting News correspondent Scot Gregor spoke to Royals general manager Dayton Moore, who showed a sense of urgency in the weeks leading up to MLB Opening Day.

“We have to start winning games at the major league level,” Moore says. “When you can acquire a pitcher like James Shields (or) Wade Davis, we have to do it. It’s important that we start winning games.”

The Royals gave up a king’s ransom of young talent to acquire veteran starting pitching in the trade, sending away key elements of their potential future in outfield prospect Wil Myers and pitching prospect Jake Odorizzi. Fortunately, they still do boast a ton of young talent in position players.

Mike MoustakasEric HosmerSalvador Perez and Johnny Giavotella provide a wealth of potentially potent bats that could very well decide the fate of KC in 2013, or at least will serve as an X-factor. Moustakas, Hosmer and Perez should make up critical parts of the batting lineup from Opening Day.

Giavotella, however, will start off in the minors. Mike Swanson, Royals vice president of communications and broadcasting, broke the news on Twitter Saturday afternoon. After hitting his first homer of spring training on March 20, the Royals have optioned their 25-year old infielder to the Triple-A affiliate outside Omaha, Neb.

Thomas Emerick is a Senior Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ThomasEmerick, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google