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Ranking the Kansas City Royals’ 5 Biggest Offseason Needs

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Ranking the Kansas City Royals’ 5 Biggest Offseason Needs

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The Kansas City Royals might not be serious contenders for their former starting pitcher Ervin Santana but that doesn’t mean they are not willing to be active this offseason. They went a long way and paid a high price to try and win last year and this year by sending away prized prospect and now Rookie of the Year Wil Myers to the Tampa Bay Rays. This offseason they have to make the right decisions to win again next season and prove that the costly move wasn’t for naught.

This is a task that would be made much simpler if the world of Major League Baseball wasn’t ruled by money-hungry agents like Scott Boras but that’s the way it is. Given their current landscape, competing with a lower payroll isn’t going to be simple with tough teams like the Cleveland Indians and Detroit Tigers always around. They have to use the tools at their disposal however.

Considering that fact, they are showing themselves ready and willing to make moves to try and make themselves a contender. Kudos to them because it isn’t going to be easy. There are a few areas where their need seems to be greater than others however and that is what this slideshow will focus on. Feel free to leave a comment in the comments section below or on Twitter with #RML.

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

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5 – New DH

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Billy Butler is all fine and dandy but the Royals need more punch from their DH batting order position. Butler could be traded or something in favor of someone like veteran Raul Ibanez who really could provide some offense from that position.

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4 – Power Corner Outfielder

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Carlos Beltran seems to be the perfect thought for a good and solid veteran to fill this role. They badly need someone like Beltran to fill out their outfield and make them a more fundamental and successful team in 2014.

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3 – Rebound from Wade Davis

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Davis is one part of the costly Wil Myers trade. His 2013 wasn’t nearly what James Shields put up or that Rookie of the Year Myers won wouldn’t have hurt quite so much. A big rebound in 2014 would fill a big rotation spot and would be a gigantic lift for the Royals.

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2 – Second Baseman

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Emilio Bonifacio can move around to several spots if the Royals rumored interest in Howie Kendrick and other second basemen continues into the offseason. Kendrick would be big boost for the team without a doubt from both sides of the ball.

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1 – Good Starting Pitcher

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Santana isn’t coming back but the Royals still can get a good deal on another cheaper starter to fill that spot. If they pull the right strings they could even come close to Santana’s numbers for much less money.