This spring - like the last one - promises to be devoid of drama. Aside from some ginned up competition at second base (if you don't think Chris Getz isn't a fait accompli, you haven't been paying attention) pretty much all that's left to decide are the back of the bullpen spots.
Not very exciting.
However, there does seem to be a battle brewing for the fifth spot in the Royals rotation. Conventional wisdom has Luke Hochevar and Bruce Chen staging some sort of MMA death match for the right. There are a number of reasons for this, with the amount of cash the Royals have committed to both looming as the primary factor as to their place in this competition. (I disagree with Bob Dutton on this point who says cost is irrelevant. I just can't see the Royals keeping two pitchers for long relief who will each pocket around $4.5 million next summer. Yet another example of how Dayton Moore grapples with assembling a coherent and effective roster.)
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