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5 Players the Kansas City Royals Could Do Without in 2014

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5 Players the Kansas City Royals Could Do Without in 2014

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The Kansas City Royals are in the middle of a seven-game winning streak, so it's tough to criticize their roster at this current moment. But as with any roster, it could be better. Despite their recent success, there are some players who are dragging down the quality of the team.

These are the five players the Royals could do without for the rest of 2014.

5. Eric Hosmer

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5. Eric Hosmer

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A few years ago, the Kansas City Royals had the enticing future of Eric Hosmer, Alex Gordon and Mike Moustakas in the middle of their lineup. Now in 2014, two of these players haven't exactly lived up to the hype. Hosmer leads the Royals in hits this year, but he doesn't provide any sort of power to the lineup.

4. Omar Infante

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4. Omar Infante

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Omar Infante is in the middle of one his worst offensive seasons in his 12-year career. After batting over .300 for the Detroit Tigers last season, Infante signed a four-year, $ 30 million contract with the Royals. So far, he hasn't had the season he and the Royals had hoped for.

3. Jeremy Guthrie

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3. Jeremy Guthrie

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Jeremy Guthrie had the most wins of his career in 2013, but he hasn't had the same success this year. Guthrie is never going to be a dominating pitcher, but he is 3-6 with a 4.04 ERA, the worst on the starting staff.

2. Billy Butler

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2. Billy Butler

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Billy Butler has been a mainstay in the Royals' lineup for the past seven years. He has always hovered around a .300 batting average with decent power. This year, however, Butler is only batting .263 with two home runs. As a designated hitter, he isn't doing his job, and when he is playing in the field, he is a liability.

1. Mike Moustakas

Mike Moustakas
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1. Mike Moustakas

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Mike Moustakas is the most disappointing player on this team. He was the second overall pick in the 2007 draft, and he hasn't lived up to expectations in a Royals uniform. He is batting a lowly .173 this season, and he is an automatic out in the lineup. The Royals can't hang onto this guy much longer.