Vahe Gregorian

Royals stretch run begins now with focusing on big picture

KC Royals executives and players weren’t appeased by reaching game seven of the World Series last season in the franchise’s first playoff foray in 29 years. Instead, the breakthrough whetted their appetite for more and to seize the moment and momentum that often are fleeting in baseball. That is why trading prospects for established players in Johnny Cueto and Ben Zobrist was a smart decision.

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The Huddle on the Johnny Cueto trade

The Star's Vahe Gregorian, Blair Kerkhoff and Sam Mellinger discuss the Royals' trade for starting pitcher Johnny Cueto and say it's a move that shows the team is looking at the World Series, not just the playoffs. Video by The Kansas City Star.

Vahe Gregorian

With the Johnny Cueto deal, the Royals add an ace to a winning hand

Days of speculation and anticipation and fretting about solving the Royals’ most glaring vulnerability ended Sunday afternoon with the acquisition of ace pitcher Johnny Cueto. In one monumental burst arrived a harmonic convergence coinciding with a resurgence by Yordano Ventura that we could well look back on as the flashpoint when one of the best teams in baseball morphed into, in fact, the best.

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