Kansas City Royals: Ned Yost Needs to Be Ready to Reload

Kansas City Royals. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports
Kansas City Royals. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports /

The Kansas City Royals are now in a very troubling situation. With a season that has, to the most extent, slipped away from them it is time to start preparing for contention in another season. The question is which season should the Royals be prepared to contend for?

The Kansas City Royals must face facts now. With the second to worst record in major league baseball and plenty of expiring contracts the Royals will most likely see a fire sale by the trade deadline as our own Leigh Oleszczak mentioned. Which means it is very possible that this is the end of an era for Royals baseball, and it is time to start reloading for days of better contention.

The question is: when will the Royals start contending again? Ever since the World Series win of 2015 the Royals have not changed much. For good reason, the core of this team carried them to back to back World Series. It is now obvious that this team is no longer what it once was. Kansas City needs to start thinking about building up for another postseason run.

Kansas City may be one of the best major league baseball teams at performing this feat. For the longest time the Royals had no hope during those infamous dark years. Then the Royals made a magical 2014 postseason run and became true baseball contenders. It all took a little minor league farming and some added bonuses to an already strong core team.

However, it did take them 28 years to complete this turnaround. The decisions of the KC administration in the next few seasons will be extremely important to the relevance of Royals baseball. The future of how the Royals perform in the big leagues will be resting on the shoulders of Dayton Moore and Ned Yost.

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Most of the results of the next few seasons in the big leagues will be decided in the minor leagues. The Royals must once again build a team from the ground up and farm for their prospect players. Especially with Alex Gordon‘s now cumbersome contract, Kansas City is strapped for cash. Trades may be one answer, but they only give short time solutions.

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Time is On Their Side

With the World Series win in 2015, time is definitely on the Royals side for this next proposal of rebuilding. This team has seen some of the most successful seasons in organization history capped off with a World Series crown. So, unlike the previous rebuilding era that was made to wipe away 28 years of playoff drought, the Royals are just looking to get back in the game.

This precious time can be spent making important moves on the draft board, in trade talks, and in the minors. Which seems to be one of the biggest strengths of the Dayton Moore playbook. While rebuilding can be a slow and painful process for the fans (as well as ticket sales) it is most likely unavoidable and fruitful at this point.

Unfortunately for Royals fans, there may be a short return to some of the worst baseball that the Royals always used to be known for. Considering the current leaders of the program, however, this process should be carried out with ease and ingenuity if everyone stays on board. Ned Yost and Dayton must start worrying about the future.

Right now, the Royals are a laughable team. It is time for Ned Yost to start thinking about reloading for those brighter seasons. It will take time, patience, and abundant perseverance. This program has been down this road before and seen success from it. Even though success may not be soon, it is hopefully just a wait away. We may not see the best of our boys in blue for awhile, fortunately though, we are Raised Royal for a reason.