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Pre-Season Preview; The Kansas City Royals

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The Kansas City Royals had an unbelievable season in 2014. They made it all the way to the World Series; they came up short to the San Francisco Giants 4 games to 3. The Royals still had an amazing season, which no one expected out of them.

Key Losses
DH Billy Butler
SP James Shields
OF Nori Aoki
RP Aaron Crow

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The Royals made Billy Butler a free agent and he signed a 3 year, 30 million contract with the Oakland Athletics.

Key Additions
DH Kendrys Morales
OF Alex Rios
SP Edinson Volquez
SP Kris Medlen

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Edinson Volquez seems to be their best pick up, 13 wins last season.

Projected 2015 Lineup
1. SS Alcides Escobar
2. LF Alex Gordon
3. DH Kendrys Morales
4. 1B Eric Hosmer
5. C Salvador Perez
6. RF Alex Rios
7. 2B Omar Infante
8. 3B Mike Moustakas
9. CF Lorenzo Cain

Their lineup seems weaker, but they can still make it work and compete this season.

Projected 2015 Rotation
1. Yordano Ventura
2. Jason Vargas
3. Jeremy Guthrie
4. Edinson Volquez
5. Danny Duffy

Their pitching looks solid top to bottom.

2015 Prediction
The Tigers and White Sox will be the teams to beat in the AL Central if the Royals want to make another run to the World Series. They’re the underdog though, so they could end up surprising everyone like last year.

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