Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star did the math and came to the conclusion that the Royals don’t have much money to spend this winter. I found the same during my Offseason Outlook. If payroll stays around $60MM, there’s probably only room for one second-tier free agent. With that in mind, players like Adam Dunn and Rafael Furcal seem unlikely.
The Royals have all kinds of needs – middle infielder, slugging outfielder, and pitching help. Dayton Moore may have to pursue trades, with David DeJesus one of his better chips. He could also move a first base type, one of Kila Ka’aihue, Billy Butler, and Ryan Shealy.
For a bit more on the Royals, check out a Q&A I did with the Royals on Radio blog.