Oct 29, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals left fielder Alex Gordon hits a RBI double against the San Francisco Giants in the second inning during game seven of the 2014 World Series at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports
5. Kansas City Royals
The unfortunate worst to first scenario plays out for the boys in baby blue. After falling just short in the World Series a season ago, the Kansas City Royals take major steps back this season and finish last in the AL Central division. That’s not to say their record will be abysmal, I believe the division will be relatively close as a whole, but the roster losses have mounted.
Ned Yost loses his ace in James Shields, and while he remains unsigned, all indications point to a return to the Royals seeming unlikely. Billy Butler moves on from a place he has long called him, and the Royals only are able to replace him with the likes of Kendrys Morales. Nori Aoki doesn’t appear to be headed back to The K either.
Kansas City remains young and has some great pieces however. Yordano Ventura is going to be electrifying, and Edinson Volquez should be relied upon. The bullpen should again be solid, and the outfield should remain fast. Look for the Royals to take steps backwards, but to remain on the map.