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2014 record: 89-73 (2nd, AL Central)
Manager: Ned Yost (6th year). Key newcomers: RHP Edinson Volquez (free agency, Pirates), 1B/DH Kendrys Morales (free agent, Mariners), OF Alex Rios (free agent, Rangers), RHP Kris Medlen (free agent, Braves). Key losses: RHP James Shields (free agency, Padres), DH Billy Butler (free agent, Athletics), RF Nori Aoki (free agent, Giants). Roster
3 things to watch: Can they survive the loss of James Shields?
A year after taking the Giants to the brink in the World Series, the Royals move forward without three key cogs -- pitcher James Shields, DH Billy Butler and OF Nori Aoki. Replacing Shields (14-8, 3.21) at the head of the rotation will be the biggest challenge. Yordano Ventura (14-10, 3.20 ERA in 2014) is the best bet to take over as the ace, while Justin Vargas, Jeremy Guthrie and Danny Duffy also return. Free-agent signee Edinson Volquez (13-7 with Pittsburgh) is a newcomer to the rotation, and KC also took a flier on former Brave Kris Medlen, whose career has been sidetracked by two Tommy John surgeries.
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3 things to watch: Alex Gordon's wrist
The Royals' 2014 leader in home runs (19), RBI (74) and OPS (.783) underwent wrist surgery this winter, and as of Tuesday hadn't been cleared to throw or hit. Gordon is expected to return to action during Cactus League play, but any lingering issues could put a serious crimp in the Royals' offensively challenged lineup.
3 things to watch: Is Christian Colon ready for a bigger role?
General manager Dayton Moore told the Kansas City Star that 25-year-old Christian Colon might give second baseman Omar Infante a "run for his money this year." Infante is coming off a down year in 2014, batting .252, while Colon showed well under the bright lights of the postseason. There's little doubt Colon has already earned more opportunity this coming season, but whether he swipes a regular spot in the lineup could become more clear as soon as spring training.