The Kansas City Royals finished 86-76 for their best record since 1989, and now their bevy of young players are looking toward a future that looks bright. Still, there are plenty of questions heading into next season. Will manager Ned Yost be back? Will they find a big bat for right field?
Will they retain or replace right-hander Ervin Santana?
Will some of the young pitchers develop into starters?
Will they take the final step needed to make the postseason? Royals owner David Glass said it will be up to GM Dayton Moore to decide whether Yost will be back.
Moore will also be the one shaping the roster for next season, even though most of it returns intact.
Santana looms as the only significant loss in free agency.