Club officials are sending out signals at the winter meetings that they have money and are prepared to spend it on someone they could consider a No. 1 starter. That could even include a run at Anibal Sanchez, who has been looking for as much as $15 million a year.
The Royals believe their young offense is talented enough that they could challenge the favored Tigers in the American League Central, but only if they significantly improve their rotation. Royals starters combined for a 5.01 ERA in 2012, and pitched fewer innings than any AL rotation other than the Twins.
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