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How the Royals Roster Was Put Together

Last night, the Kansas City Royals became the 1st team in MLB history to sweep the top seeded team in the MLB Postseason. KC sent James Shields to the mound, who pitched 6 innings of 6 hit ball, before handing the ball to the baddest bullpen in the MLB.  Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis and Greg Holland sealed the game and preserved the sweep. The Royals ended a 29 year absence from Postseason play, and are now 4 wins away from a World Series appearance. The only thing standing in their way is the Baltimore Orioles.

Allard Baird replaced Herk Robinson as General Manager on June 17, 2000. During his years as General Manager, Baird traded away popular players...

Johnny Damon (January '01: Traded as part of a 3-team trade with Mark Ellis to the Oakland Athletics. The Athletics sent Ben Grieve to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. The Athletics sent Angel Berroa and A.J. Hinch to the Royals. The Rays sent Cory Lidle to the Athletics. The Rays sent Roberto Hernandez to the Royals)

Carlos Beltran (June '04: Traded as part of a 3-team trade to the Houston Astros. The Oakland Athletics sent Mark Teahen and Mike Wood to the Kansas City Royals. The Houston Astros sent Octavio Dotel to the Oakland Athletics. The Astros sent John Buck and cash to the Royals),

Jermaine Dye (July '01: Traded to the Colorado Rockies for Neifi Perez)

...with many Royal fans feeling that the team didn't get equal value. He also signed free agent Juan Gonzalez to a one-year, $4 million contract, but he played only 33 games due to a back injury.  After a terrible start to the season, Baird was fired on May 31, 2006 and replaced by Dayton Moore. - Wikipedia

How Did Kansas City Build This Royals team?

Starting Lineup

Pitching Staff

  • James Shields and Wade Davis - Acquired via trade with the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for Wil Myers, Jake Odorizzi, Patrick Leonard and Mike Montgomery
  • Jeremy Guthrie - Acquired via trade with the Colorado Rockies in exchange for Jonathan Sanchez. Signed 3 year, $25 mil deal in November 2012 at the age of 33
  • Jason Vargas - November 2013, signed 4 year $32 mil deal at the age of 31
  • Yordano Ventura - October 2008, signed as amateur free agent at 17 years old
  • Danny Duffy - Drafted in the 3rd round of the 2007 MLB Draft
  • Kelvin Herrera - December 2006, signed as amateur free agent at 17 years old
  • Aaron Crow - 12th overall pick in the 2009 MLB Draft
  • Greg Holland - Drafted in the 10th round of the 2007 MLB Draft