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Draft History
Jorge Bonifacio - protection
9 - Luiz Gohara
39 - Brandon Woodruff
53 - Adam Engel
59 - Victor Caratini
60 - Andrew Knapp

Raul Mondesi - protection
18 - Jeff Hoffman
44 - Whit Merrifield
99 - Jeremy Hazelbaker
108 - Andrew Triggs
138 - Albert Suarez
Ryan Madson - protection
20 - Travis Shaw
26 - Cody Anderson
98 - Joey Butler
116 - Mike Montgomery

Brandon Finnegan - protection
12 - Arismendy Alcantara
102 - Kyle Crockett
106 - Tsuyoshi Wada
132 - Blake Treinen
150 - Phil Coke

Yordano Ventura - protection
45 - Ed Lucas
46 - Stephen Vogt
47 - Chris Withrow
76 - Anthony Recker
136 - Clete Thomas

Joaquin Arias - protection
15 - Joe Kelly
45 - Jordant Valdespan
75 - Gorkys Hernandez
105 - Samuel Deduno
135 - Sandy Leon

Brandon Belt - protection
23 - Eric Thames
53 - Andy Dirks
83 - Tim Collins
143 - Jason Grilli
146 - Cesar Ramos

Javier Lopez - protection
52 - Wilson Valdez
69 - Clay Hensley
99 - Jason Bourgeois

111 - Casey Coleman
129 - Matt Stairs

Buster Posey - protection
15 - Dan Hudson
27 - David Freese

Pablo Sandoval - protection
21 - Aaron Cunningham
117 - Eric Stultz
128 - Alex Kinshaw
147 - Brandon Duckworth

Tim Lincecum - protection

36 - Keith Ginter
37 - Dave McCarty
51 - Vic Darensbourgh
62 - John Riedling

92 - Matt Whiteside
Team Pages
Past Owners:
Jeremy Paulison 2017
Scott Eggen 2016
Robert LeFlam 2016
Nick Baer 2015
Don Singleton 2011-2013
Michael Chamberlain 2010
Don Singleton 2004-2009
Frank Thomas 2004
Bob Bovee 2002-2003
David Sabal 2001
Bob Bovee 1998-2000
Doug Gundlach 1991-1997

Tom Peterson 1990
Mike Douglas 1990

Formerly the San Francisco Giants ('90-'13)
Formerly the Kansas City Royals ('14-'18)

Moved to the National League in 2009

Moved back to the American League in 2014

Moved back to the National League in 2017

Moved back to the American League in 2018

Overall Record
Win Loss Pct
2251 2447 .479
Est. 1990
Owner: Aidan Bimberg - 2018
NBC-Dynasty Champions - 2008
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NL West Pennant

NL Wild Card
American League Pennant

AL West Pennant

AL Wild Card
Kansas City Royals Awards Winners

Fireman Relief Award
2008 - Joe Nathan
2007 - Joe Nathan
2006 - Joe Nathan

Rookie of the Year
2008 - Tim Lincecum

Silver Sluggers
2016 - Adeiny Hechavarria - SS
2016 - Miguel Cabrera - DH
2015 - Miguel Cabrera - 1B
2015 - Jose Bautista - OF
2013 - Buster Posey - C
2011 - Jose Bautista - OF
Kansas City Royals

2017: 71-91, 4th in NL East, Draft Position 9

Overview: After a brief 1-year exile into the National League, Kansas City comes back to the American League. This time, it is moving to the West however. Regardless of the league, since its last playoff appearance in 2012 with a 100-win season, the Royals have been fluctuating between mid-80 win seasons and mid-70 win seasons. The team has been able to maintain this level with a remarkable core of players. When the team supplemented them, they won 80+ games. When the team retooled, they won 70+ games. The issue is that the core of talent is now old. Miguel Cabrera, the long-time anchor of this franchise, seems to be past his prime. Alex Gordon, Zach Greinke, JA Happ and Chris Iannetta are all 34+ years old. These players, its seems, can no longer be relied upon.

Despite this, the team is actually well poised to contend in the future. Mookie Betts and Travis Shaw should be able to anchor the team for a number of years to come. Adeiny Hechavarria and Whit Merrifield should be able to provide a solid double play combination for a few years. Jeff Hoffman did not have a great opening year but has the ability to develop. So the team already has some key elements in place that it can build around. They are just going to have to figure out how to supplement it.

The interesting question this team should ask is how much of the present might they want to sacrifice to develop their future. It seems like this teamís window could open in a year or two. They have a few players who have value now who could be moved with an eye to a couple of years in the future. The question is whether Kansas City wants to try for a wild card now, which they have a shot at or do they sell off some parts now. It really should depend on what the market will bear.

Starting Rotation: Greinke has the numbers to be an above average number 1 starter. The question is really whether Kansas City wants to hold him since he may have some years left or should they trade him for someone younger. J.A.Happ is the only other full time starter. He is alright but he struggles with rhb. Mike Pelfrey, Hoffman, Andrew Triggs, Jarred Cosart have enough starts for 3-4-5, but they are not great this year. The bottom of the rotation is a bit of a liability which may be a reason not to trade Greinke now.

Bullpen: This teamís best and most tradable asset is its bullpen. There is a not a true closer in the bunch. However, Ryan Madson has dominant set-up numbers. Behind him, Addison Reed, Joe Kelly, and Hector Rondon are all terrors. After than Blake Treinen tends to choke in key situations, but he seems like a valuable guy to have in a bullpen. Given that a) Ryan Madson is 37 and b) every team in the AL Central could use bullpen help, it seems like it would make sense to at least shop Madson and see what Reed et al can do in the 9th.

Starting Line-Up: The starting line-up lacks a huge middle of the order threat. The young core of Betts, Shaw, Merrifield and Bonifacio should be able to score runs well enough. Yet, it is not a dominating offense. Cabrera is still a worthy bat but Gordon has seen better days. The team does seem to need PAís at shortstop and catcher.

Defense and Speed: Thanks to Alex Gordonís 15 games in Center, Betts, Gordon and Bonifacio make for an outstanding outfield defense Ė perhaps the best in the league. Hechavarria helps out as well at short. Betts, Pollock and Merrifield should be able to steal some bases.

Surplus/Deficiencies: As far as I can tell, they need help and shortstop and catcher since Hechavarria and Iannetta are not full time. They could use another starter so they do not have to rely on some other guys (and maybe move Grienke). As I mentioned above, the Royals may want to think seriously about cashing in Ryan Madson or one of their other relievers (although they are all only 29). The most important thing, though, is that the team seems to have a stable core to build from.

Outlook: If they keep Greinke and enough of the bullpen, they may be in contention for 2nd place in the division and maybe a second wild card spot Ė especially since the Angels have taken a hit in their rotation. But that is going to be a tall order if they do not get a more reliable 3rd starter. Maybe they can find one in the draft though. Regardless, the team should be fun to play. It will be interesting to see which of Kansas City, San Diego or Los Angeles are there when Seattle abdicates the throne.
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