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Royals eager to reverse fortunes

25 February 2013 14:51

Kansas City Royals general manager Dayton Moore says he is pleased with the club's business in the MLB off-season.

Moore feels morale at the club has lifted ahead of the new campaign with the signing of several new players.

The Royals have acquired the services of Ervin Santana, James Shields, Jeremy Guthrie and Wade Davis.

And Moore is hopeful that will help reverse the club's poor record in recent years.

"We feel very good about where we are from a talent level. But we don't feel well about what we have done in the past," Moore said.

"We need to win games. I think we've had two winning seasons since 1985, but the good thing about who we are and what we're about is that all of our good, young players are signed for the long-term at this point where we can control them through to 2017.

"We worked very hard during this off-season. There are people doing an incredible job, putting us in a position to acquire Ervin Santana and Jeremy Guthrie, and of course make a deal for James Shields and Wade Davis.

"We like the fact that we are in a consistent position where we can play consistent baseball from the first to the last day, which is going to be predicated on a strong rotation with presence and the ability to throw strikes, and hopefully a defence that's going to get us consistency as well."

In other MLB news, the Texas Rangers have invited Japanese pitcher Yoshinori Tateyama to pre-season training and have offered him a minor-league contract.

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