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FOXSports.com's Jim Bowden previews the Kansas City Royals' upcoming season.
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The Kansas City Royals haven't won a World Series in a corner entry. And -- -- only one winning season in the last fifteen years Orioles GM Dayton Moore has been as active as any GM this off season although it's been attacked. Book small market attempt a -- competitive. The major trade were heading arbitration eligible third base and mark in the Chicago White Sox. In exchange for second baseman Chris get and once labeled top prospect Josh Fields. Get give the Royals much improved defense and a proven stealing threat isn't quite 25 base is in 27 attempts last year. However the deal means that -- okay -- what 300 hitter last year we -- three RBIs will need to find a place to play Europe might even be traded. Josh Fields might have hit 43 homers in 2007. But would be a crime to put him at third base and not continue to develop Alex Gordon. Their first round pick they elected by the way over Ryan Zimmerman and Troy Tulowitzki just a few years ago. The Royals were busy on the free agent market this year revamping their outfield. By signing Scott Podsednik to play left field Rick Ankiel the -- the ground and center field. Regular shown great power hitting 49 home runs in his first 1000 about in the big leagues but he's better or for right field that he is center field. -- was -- domino effect in which David DeJesus now becomes the right fielder and Jose Guillen gets moved to DH. The Royals are hoping that he and it's helping. Both forms and they can trade him at the deadline to an American League contender needing a DH. It -- need -- veteran catcher to help their young pitching staff. The Royals had offered a pudge Rodriguez but after he burned them for the nationals they turned to Jason Kendall. And game a two year six million dollar deal that raised -- -- The one bright spot up pencil lead the Royals again will be first baseman Billy Butler. Who -- 301 batting average with 21 homers in 93 RBI should be improved on 2010. That -- he won the American League cy young and there's no reason to think he can't repeat that type of performance again this year. -- -- -- -- It's -- player that you need to watch for the Kansas City Royals his dismal beginning to his Major League career reflected by thirteen and 46 record. And Friday eight ERA is well deserved. Eighty -- make an adjustment and a pro defense behind -- should help. But -- -- hoping last year's first round pick Aaron -- makes it sometime this year -- currently -- up to be at the top of the rotation. The Royals also we depending on Gil Meche bouncing back and that cal babies can cut down his walk. Look for the Royals to deal impact closer Joaquin -- the trade deadline only because he's the one. Perillo I'll leadership we Dayton Moore and Trey Hillman they just they more time for their prospects develop. My prediction for the -- the last place finish in the Al central. Reports were like come on Jim Bowden.