After re-signing starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie and making moves to complete the 40-man roster on Tuesday, Kansas City Royals general manager Dayton Moore told the team's official website there's still a lot of work to do to to complete how the team will look next season.
Guthrie signed a three-year, $25 million contract on Tuesday to stay with the team that traded for him midway through last season. Guthrie will welcome new starter Ervin Santana, whom the Royals acquired in a trade from the Los Angeles Angels. As of now, joining the two in the rotation are Bruce Chen, Luke Hochevar, Will Smith and Jake Odorizzi, but Moore has said starting pitching is a top priority and that talks have been had to upgrade the unit:
"We're going to continue to look to upgrade. The Winter Meetings are on the horizon ... We feel we've made a lot of contact with other clubs and laid some groundwork for some potential future deals. You never know if they'll come to fruition, but we feel like we have plenty in our farm system to make a deal that impacts us -- not only in the pitching staff, but maybe somewhere else within our lineup. We don't feel like this roster is complete. We're not satisfied with where it is at this point, but we're very encouraged."
Guthrie, who pitched to a 3.16 ERA in 14 starts with Kansas City after being acquired from the Colorado Rockies midseason, said he was excited to have Santana in the mix:
"I really believed Dayton and the Royals when they said they wanted to add two or three pitchers and they wanted me to be one of them. So the fact they got Ervin just proved that point and I think they're committed to go out and get another one."