Kansas City Royals Mailbag: Contention Timeline, Job Security and More

The 2022 MLB trade deadline has passed, and the Kansas City Royals are entering an interesting stretch as a franchise.

With the exit of Whit Merrifield via trade, it seems as if Kansas City is banking on ushering in a youth movement and allowing that youth to learn on the fly. Part of that learning comes on the field in terms of performance at the plate or in the field, but a large chunk of it also involves knowing when — and how — to speak up in the clubhouse and step up as leaders.

Outside of Salvador Perez and Zack Greinke, you’d be hard-pressed to find an over-30 player on the Royals who’s expected to lead. The onus is now being placed on cornerstone pieces such as Bobby Witt Jr. and MJ Melendez to evolve quickly. The rest of the 2022 season will feature plenty of growing pains, but it should also come with plenty of fruitful moments for the club.

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