Life is tough for Kansas City Royals fans; in 2009 it was a new kind of disappointment. Coming off a 2008 campaign where the y 75 games, many thought that the Royals would contend for the wide open American League Central. After going 18-11 to start the season, they tanked early and wound up in a last place tie. Now the Royals have added a few free agents and look to get back to the 2008 success.
Jason Kendall and Scott Posednik are the too big free agents signed by this team, and they will have to figure out how big their impact will be. Kendall is a below average hitter signed for his defensive capabilities, and to lead the pitching staff. Posednik revived his career with the Chicago White Sox and will lead off. Of course they also have Rick Ankiel who will take over duties in center field. The Royals hope that Ankiel can improve his offensive numbers, and not be a defensive liability in center.
The Royals will also need their supporting cast to support their starter better in 2010. They have several young stars, but had five of their starting nine hit .245 or worse a year ago. Four of their projected starters had an ERA of 4.73 or higher. That means Zach Geinke, Joakim Soria, and Billy Butler are carrying far too much of the load.
The last big question they are facing is if Alex Gordon can win the 3B job. He had a chance to be a breakout player in 2009, but was hampered by injury. They would like to see him have huge spring and become that breakout player in 2010. If Gordon falters look for the Royals to turn the job to Josh Fields.