I don't think the Royals goal is to win the Central this year. I think the goal is to be .500, with no additions to the current roster.
I think this has been the Royals' party line since since early 2000s when we dealt Damon, Beltran, Dye, etc. We were going to compete when Butler and Gordon were brought up. Then we were going to compete when Hosmer and Moustakis were brought up. Then Montgomery and Duffy were going to be the answer. Maybe Cain and Will Myers will be the answer. Maybe all of our prospects will be amazing. Until that future event - which is impossible to predict - occurs, our goal isn't to win the Division. Let's just keep waiting and hoping. It will all magically come together one of these years. I'm sure of it.
Well, the fact is that 24 games into the season, the Royals are a few arms away from competing at the top of the Division. We've got the strongest bullpen we've had in the past 20 years. Our bats as good or better than any team in a decade. If
we had an Ace, we would compete to win the Division THIS YEAR. Fact.
If we're not willing to make moves or spend money to compete to win the Division this year, why do we have confidence that this team will be in a more competitive spot next year or the next year or the year after that? Our bats are here. We need pitching. And we need it desperately. And it's not coming up through the system. Montgomery and Odirizzi are our top pitching prospects. Are we going to be more competitive in '13 because of those guys? NO. We'll be competitive when we go out onto the market and spend $15mil for an Ace. Maybe that's Greinke? We're gonna have to do it before next season. Might as well just do it now.