I think kk is being too critical and BN is being too optimistic. IMO.
Maybe I am. But, I'm not saying we should win the Division. I just think we have the talent (sans pitching) to compete for the Division. Cleveland is a decent club, but they're not great. Yet, they're competing in the Division. If we had another solid starting pitcher or two, I have no doubt that this team would be +.500 and, in this Division this year, that would be very competitive.
I totally agree, and if KC can get a guy that they can lock up for a couple or three years then I'm all for it ASAP. What I don't want, and I'm sure you'd agree, is giving up regulars and or prospects for an arm and then have him walk in the offseason. The FA market will be pretty great this year though and KC has a ton of salary to work with.
For us that have watched and hoped and sat through crappy Royals baseball, and heard them say they need this or that, or the young guys coming up are going to do this or that, we can tell it is different this time. KC really has a core group of good young ballplayers that, with some pitching (I think it will take two prospects and two outside arms) can definitely be a playoff caliber team for the next 3-5 years.
What I, and you I believe, don't want to see is these guys bleed off one-by-one and the front office do nothing while we continue to lose.