LHP Glen Perkins
RHP Nick Blackburn
RHP Joe Nathan
RHP Jesse Crain
RHP Luis Ayala
KANSAS CITY ROYALS (75-87, 4th)
MANAGER: Trey Hillman (2nd season)
PAYROLL: $74 million
X-FACTOR: 3B Alex Gordon has been compared to a young George Brett, but he's still looking for that breakout season.
BEST CASE: Another round of offseason additions allows them to improve their win total for a fourth straight year.
Coco Crisp, finally out of Boston, tightens up the defense and starts hitting again.
The young pitching starts to fall into place behind Gil Meche and they challenge for a playoff spot.
WORST CASE: Adding all-or-nothing Mike Jacobs to a lineup coming off a .320 on-base percentage doesn't exactly help matters.
Anything happens to Meche, placing too much pressure on the kids.
Make it 24 years and counting since their last postseason trip.
CF Coco Crisp
SS Mike Aviles
LF David DeJesus
RF Jose Guillen
1B Mike Jacobs
DH Billy Butler
3B Alex Gordon
AL Central: It should be a wide-open race
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