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Kansas City Royals Could Find One-Year Pitching Wonder In February

A starting pitcher could make the difference for the team, and if the free agent can see that, then it might be a last-minute marriage made in heaven.

They say the best things come to those who wait. Every year, that maxim holds true in the MLB offseason as various teams find a gem waiting there to be signed, somehow lasting through the frenzy of the baseball winter meetings and the rest of the free agency feeding season. One-year deals can be found on players overlooked or even overanalyzed, and the Kansas City Royals might enjoy this if they can wait to fill out their starting rotation just before spring training.

Right now, there are several nice pitchers to be found on the free agent market. Despite several former trade candidates finding new homes and hyped free agents like C.J. Wilson and Mark Buehrle moving on, names like Roy Oswalt, Joe Saunders, Edwin Jackson and Hiroki Kuroda still remain. And while it's not even January yet, it's impossible to tell who will be left and who will be snatched up between now and spring training.

The buzz on Matt Garza of the Cubs means he will likely find a new team sometime this winter. Jackson and Kuroda will also find new homes in the next couple of weeks, with Jackson's new home maybe coming in a matter of days. But some others might wait to find the home they like and, in the end, settle for a deal more palatable for a team like the Royals.

Even if one of the aforementioned names are not available, others like Bartolo Colon or Paul Maholm might be looking for a last minute home and the Royals could then profit. Every year a team finds someone looking for the right situation and certainly the AL Central is open enough for the Royals to make a move given their influx of young, developing talent. A starting pitcher could make the difference for the team, and if the free agent can see that, then it might be a last-minute marriage made in heaven.