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Next on Royals’ list is a starting pitcher; here’s who’s left on the free-agent market

Now that the Royals have found a designated hitter to replace Billy Butler and are close to setting a new right fielder in stone, they have one major item left on their offseason shopping list — a front-line starting pitcher. Here’s a rundown of the top available free agents and the top starting pitchers to already sign or agree to a new contract this offseason.

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As Royals introduce new DH Kendrys Morales, Dayton Moore says team isn’t done with moves

The Royals officially announced a two-year contract agreement with Kendrys Morales, who general manager Dayton Moore said would primarily DH “but can give Eric Hosmer a day off or two and play first base.” Moore also said that the Royals, who are expected to lose starter James Shields in free agency, were not finished making moves.

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A position-by-position look at the newly improved AL Central

Much of the transaction news at baseball’s Winter Meetings last week occurred in the American League Central, and even though most of that didn’t involve the Royals, it’s interesting to look at their competition. Here’s a position-by-position look at the division based on projected starters.

Yankees GM Cashman: A-Rod now a full-time DH

Alex Rodriguez faces a diminished role in his return to the New York Yankees, who have stripped A-Rod of his third-base job and plan to limit his role to full-time designated hitter — at most.

Yankees GM Cashman: A-Rod now a full-time DH

Alex Rodriguez faces a diminished role in his return to the New York Yankees, who have stripped A-Rod of his third-base job and plan to limit his role to full-time designated hitter — at most.

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Kendrys Morales headed to the Royals, and that better not be all

If the Royals are correct, they have just signed a highly motivated, switch-hitting slugger who in each of his last three full seasons hit more home runs than any Royal did last season. If they aren’t, they are wasting a lot of money for an older and inferior designated hitter and still need to make another move that would be a cause for a celebration.