This article is part of our MLB Team Previews series.2014 Kansas City Royals Team Preview
Heading into the 2013 season, there were high hopes for the Royals as their lineup was filled with all sorts of youthful power and speed upside while they made a few moves to completely revamp their rotation. They hit a few bumps in the road along the way, but managed a 14-win improvement from the year before and finished with an 86-76 record but fell just 5.5 games short of the final wild card spot in the American League. Overall, the season had been deemed a tremendous success, but there were still some weaknesses that left them exposed at times.
Fixing the starting rotation was the team's top priority last year, as evidenced by their trade of top prospect Wil Myers in a deal that landed themselves James Shields and Wade Davis. Shields easily lived up to his end of the deal with 13 wins, a 3.15 ERA and 196 strikeouts over 228 innings, but Davis was a disaster and was eventually banished to the bullpen. Fortunately, the
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