The Kansas City Royals improved significantly this offseason and are going to be a lot of fun to watch this year.
After showing signs of improvement in the shortened 2020 season, the Kansas City Royals are hoping to be competitive in 2021 and made strides to doing so with their productive offseason. They signed Mike Minor and Carlos Santana while also re-signing Greg Holland and bringing back Wade Davis as well. Oh and they traded for former first-round pick Andrew Benintendi.
Because of these moves, Will Leitch of MLB.com has the Royals as one of six teams who are ‘guaranteed’ to be better in 2021.
"The Royals went out and added talent this year, particularly to the lineup, which is precisely what you want a team in the Royals’ position to do. They will be more productive, more enjoyable to watch and more competitive, and they’ll be a tougher matchup for every opponent. They still have a shaky rotation and an older bullpen that really wishes it were 2015 again. (Don’t we all.) They don’t look like a legitimate threat in the AL Central or the Wild Card race, but they do look like they’re going to be better — and a lot better than 70-92."
The Kansas City Royals might not be a World Series contender, but expect them to give us a fun time in 2021.
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I already touched on the talent the Royals brought in for this year, so we’ll jump to the next part. The Royals are going to be a fun team to watch this year (which is a shame that so many people in Kansas City won’t be able to watch games) and while that might not culminate in a postseason berth, Royals fans will be fine with just seeing a competitive team take the field every day.
This year will be important for the rotation, as Brad Keller, Brady Singer, and Kris Bubic are hopefully going to be big arms for this team in the future. Danny Duffy and Mike Minor won’t be in the big runs with this team, but they can help the younger guys develop.
I disagree with Leitch on his bullpen opinions, as this unit could be good. We saw them look pretty darn good last year and a lot of those same names are returning in 2021. Maybe Davis isn’t what he was the last time he wore a Royals uniform, but getting out of the high-altitude in Colorado could rejuvenate him.
The division is the main reason why the Royals probably won’t be playing deep into October this year, as the AL Central is stacked. The Royals, at best, are the fourth-best team in the division and they didn’t fare too well against the Central last year, winning just one game against the White Sox.
Royals fans have a right to be excited for this season because this team is going to be more competitive. No, it won’t result in a World Series title, but fans know how things work with this team and patience is key if you’re a Royals fan.
Hopefully, the Kansas City Royals surpass their projections and give us a fun season.