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5 Kansas City Royals Who Won’t Make it Through 2014 Spring Training

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5 Kansas City Royals Who Won’t Make it Through 2014 Spring Training

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For many years around the Kansas City Royals the motto could have been, the more things change the more they stay the same. Year after year hopes were dashed as the team lost once again to nearly every other team in their division, if not all of Major League Baseball. Then came 2013 and that time it seemed like things actually did change.

Did we really see a winning season with promise for another winning season the following year? I think we did, yes. There are no guarantees in baseball as everyone knows but the Royals have as good of a chance to win the American League Central going into Spring Training as anyone else. I don’t mean that in a cute way either, they actually have a real chance in 2014.

How do they get there though? They are not a perfect roster by any stretch and they have many decisions to make. The vast majority of those decisions will revolve around the games played during Spring Training. There are young players getting their first or second look at the majors during that time and veterans vying for a spot to shine one more time.

As someone once said, you can’t make an omelet without breaking a few eggs. In the same way a MLB team cannot get their best team on the field at the start of the season without going into the spring with way too many and cutting those who don’t fit. Here are five players that probably will not make it through spring training to the Royals opening day roster.

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Ramon Hernandez – C

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Hernandez really will be mostly valuable at the beginning of the spring where they have split squad games to get all of the pitchers the same amount of work. I doubt very seriously he will make it through the end of the spring.

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P.J. Walters – SP

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It is nothing against Walters or his ability because signing any free agent pitcher to a minor league deal with spring training invite is a good plan. The main problem is that the Royals just re-signed Bruce Chen in a great move and that will push some of the other possible starters and bullpen guys down some.

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Brandon Laird – 3B

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Laird can play a role possibly but there is a pecking order at third base for the Royals that does not look to be ready for a change. He should very likely miss out on the opening day spot.

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Brett Hayes – C

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Hayes has a real shot to have the backup catching job but I really believe that spot will go to Francisco Pena at the start of the regular season. He might hang around but I think it will be on a minor league basis to possibly return later.

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Emilio Bonifacio – 2B

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When Bonifacio came over from the Blue Jays last season he really jolted the Royals extremely well. That really should put his name higher up on the MLB second basemen totem pole but he is definitely not as high as Omar Infante. Infante will get the starting job and Bonifacio seems too good of a name to stick around for a bench spot. Look for a minor trade to move him to someone who can better use him.