It’s that time of year. The Royals have fewer than two weeks left before they break camp. The tougher roster cuts are fast approaching. Remember one word.

Inventory.

General manager Dayton Moore and his staff spent the offseason stocking the organization’s depth in an effort to avoid a repeat of last year’s injury-exacerbated problems.

“We’re not going to have to run out and try to get somebody this year if something happens,” manager Ned Yost said.

The point is this: Don’t expect the Royals to throw that work away over the next several days. Keeping maximum inventory will be a key element in all upcoming roster decisions before the Royals open the season April 1 in Chicago.

“It is (a factor) because you want to retain as much quality depth as you possibly can,” Moore said. “Part of that is you want to manage your roster effectively so can keep and maintain the depth of your organization.”