Royals To Seek Rotation Help

Royals owner David Glass wants his team’s starting rotation to improve in 2013, and he’s prepared to spend if that’s what it takes to upgrade the Kansas City pitching staff. Glass told Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star that the starting rotation will get better in 2013.

“What I’ve always said is when we get to the point where we’re competitive,” Glass said, “we’ll do what we have to do to improve our position. Yes, we’ll do what we need to do. We are committed to improving our starting pitching.

Glass said the Royals will contend if they can upgrade their rotation. The bullpen and position players “stack it up against anybody” in the American League Central in Glass’ estimation. The owner indicated a willingness to operate at a loss from a financial standpoint if necessary.

Royals starters have combined for a 4.98 ERA (26th in MLB) in 833 2/3 innings (28th in MLB). Jeremy Guthrie hits free agency this offseason, but Bruce Chen, Luke Hochevar, Luis Mendoza, Will Smith, Felipe Paulino, Danny Duffy and Jake Odorizzi are among Kansas City's internal options for 2013. Glass has yet to create a list off offseason targets with general manager Dayton Moore, Dutton reports.

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