2010 record/finish: 67-95, last place Manager: Ned Yost (second full season)
Key additions: OF Jeff Francoeur, OF Melky Cabrera, LHP Jeff Francis, RHP Vin Mazzaro, SS Alcides Escobar
Key losses: RHP Zack Greinke, SS Yuniesky Betancourt, OF David DeJesus, RHP Gil Meche
Outlook: They were forced to trade their best pitcher in the offseason, but Greinke was unhappy and it had to be done. The Royals are in rebuilding mode looking toward the future, so players such as Francoeur and Cabrera were brought in as stopgaps until their slew of prospects – rated the best in baseball – are ready.
Player to watch: RHP Luke Hochevar. The No. 1 overall pick in 2006 lacks consistency, but someone needs to fill the void left by Greinke.
Will win the Central if ... well, they won’t.