November 14, 2013 2:54 PM

Royals are seeking just one starting pitcher: Santana or a free agent

The Royals are searching for one — just one — starting pitcher this winter because they believe their development pipeline is finally poised to deliver a series of high-impact arms for future rotations. Call it progress. A year ago, they added (or retained in the case of then-free agent Jeremy Guthrie) four starters. This year, club officials only see the need to retain or replace free agent Ervin Santana.

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