5 Questions About Kansas City Royals’ Outfield in 2014
5 Questions About Kansas City Royals' Outfield in 2014
The beginning of the 2014 seasons is looming larger on the horizon, and teams in the MLB are scrambling to finalize their teams in preparation for Spring Training. With only so many spots available on the Opening Day roster, the Kansas City Royals and the rest of the teams in the league have plenty of decisions to make before April arrives.
Many of those choices for the Royals will involve the several players vying for one of the scarce Opening Day roster spots as outfielders. Seven of the spots on the 40-man roster are taken up by outfielders, and four of the team's non-roster invitees play outfield, as well.
This complex and confusing situation in the outfield presents quite a few unanswered questions to the franchise and its fans. Many moves and new acquisitions were made for outfield depth and flexibility, but I can say for certain that KC won't be heading into Opening Day with 11 outfielders on their roster. The Royals' headlines have been dominated by a combination of pitchers and outfielders for weeks. Two outfielders signed contracts with the Royals in the past ten days, Norichika Aoki's acquisition may be the biggest Royals move of the offseason, and none of the non-roster invitees have played in a single game yet for Kansas City.
Amidst all this criticizing and speculating I'll be doing, it should be noted that this overabundance of depth in the outfield is far from a negative for Kansas City. Too much depth is always a good problem to have. Continue on to find the Royals' five most pressing questions regarding their outfield in 2014.
Will Peguero be an influence?
Can Lo Cain stay healthy?
What is Justin Maxwell's role?
How will Gordo produce outside the lead-off spot?
Will Nori live up to expectations?
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