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American League capsules
He’s Outta There: RHP Zack Greinke, OF David DeJesus, SS Yuniesky Betancourt, RHP Brian Bannister, RHP Gil Meche, LHP Dusty Hughes.
Projected Lineup: 3B Mike Aviles (.304, 8, 32), 2B Chris Getz (.237, 0, 18), DH Billy Butler (.318, 15, 78), 1B Kila Ka’aihue (.217, 8, 25), RF Jeff Francoeur (.237, 11, 54 with Mets, .340, 2, 11 with Texas), CF Melky Cabrera (.255, 4, 42 with Atlanta), LF Alex Gordon (.215, 8, 20), C Brayan Pena (.253, 1, 19), SS Alcides Escobar (.235, 4, 41).
Rotation: RH Luke Hochevar (6-6, 4.81), LH Jeff Francis (4-6, 5.00 with Colorado), RH Kyle Davies (8-12, 5.34), LH Bruce Chen (12-7, 4.17), RH Vin Mazzaro (6-8, 4.27 with Oakland).
Hot Spots: CF, RF, LF, rotation, bullpen outside of Soria and Tejeda. The Royals need free-agent signees Francoeur and Cabrera to have bounce-back years after disappointing 2010 seasons. The Royals moved Gordon from 3B to the OF last year, and are growing impatient for his breakout season offensively. With Greinke trade to the Brewers, they’re hoping Hochevar, the first pick in the 2006 draft, will make a quantum leap. Bullpen will be inexperienced with exception of All-Star closer Soria and dependable setup man Tejeda.
Outlook: Kansas City will likely have the lowest payroll in the majors and yet another losing season. They’ve had only one winning season since 1994 and have not made the playoffs since winning the 1985 World Series. Help, however, is on the way with a farm system said by Baseball America to be the deepest in the land. 3B Mike Moustakas, 1B Eric Hosmer, LHPs Mike Montgomery, Will Smith, Chris Dwyer and John Lamb, RHP Jake Odorizzi, INF Christian Colon, OF Wil Myers and C Salvador Perez are all blue-chip prospects and some could make their big league debut before the end of the season. Royals will likely not end their playoff drought this season, but by 2013-14 they could be contenders if the “can’t-miss” prospects pan out.
2010: 90-72, AL champions, lost in World Series.
Manager: Ron Washington (5th season).
Projected Lineup: 2B Ian Kinsler (.286, 9, 45), SS Elvis Andrus (.265, 0, 35, 32 SBs), LF Josh Hamilton (majors-leading .359, 32, 100, AL MVP), 3B Adrian Beltre (.321, 28, 102, AL-high 49 doubles with Boston), RF Nelson Cruz (.318, 22, 78), DH Michael Young (.284, 21, 91), 1B Mitch Moreland (.255, 9, 25), C Yorvit Torrealba (.271, 7, 37 with San Diego), CF Julio Borbon (.276, 3, 42, 15 SBs).
By David Keene
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