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Royals fans got another sobering reminder that there's still a lot of work to be done in the rebuilding process when the face of the franchise, Zach Greinke, was traded away for a high-upside, but young shortstop and a collection of prospects. Kansas City will be the near-universal pick to finish at the bottom of the AL Central for the sixth time in eight years. The Royals have finished better than third in their division just once since 1990 and aren't likely to compete for at least a couple more seasons when their impressive minor league crop is ready for the big leagues.
The trade of DeJesus clears up a somewhat muddled outfield situation for the Royals, though the return on the trade won't likely do much for KC in 2011. Mazzaro will provide a middling starting in the Royals' rotation while Marks is expected to start the year at High-A.
Signed Jeff Francoeur.
Another former Brave joins general manager Dayton Moore in Kansas City, where Francoeur is expected to start he right field. The 27-year-old isn't the defensive whiz he once was, and he doesn't give the Royals a much-needed OBP boost, but he could give them some pop that has been missing in the lineup.
Signed Melky Cabrera.
Cabrera will compete for the starting center field job after signing with Kansas City, but may be better suited for a reserve role since he