GM Moore: Royals need more innings from starting staff

Jun 4, 2015; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals general manager Dayton Moore watches batting practice before the game against the Cleveland Indians at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports Denny Medley USA TODAY Sports

The Kansas City Royals won the 2015 World Series without a so-called 'elite starting rotation'. Instead, the club relied upon its lights-out bullpen anchored by Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis and a rejuvenated Luke Hochevar after Greg Holland was lost for the season with an injury.

Ned Yost's ballclub wound up winning the Series after using journeyman such as Chris Young and Edinson Volquez in their October rotation. Those decisions panned out, but GM Dayton Moore conceded after the season that his team needs to get more results from its starting rotation next season and beyond.

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As Moore and his staff begin figuring out what will be done in preparation for the 2016 campaign, he is quoted by's Jeffrey Flanagan as saying the following: "We have to address the issue of innings from our starters. It's important to get more innings out of our starters."

Moore admitted that the Royals have to find a way to rely less on the bullpen, as it'd not be in the team's best interest to continue overworking the relief corps:

"It's unrealistic that we can put that much pressure on the back end of our bullpen over the course of 162 games," Moore said. "You can do it for a month. You can do it for the playoffs. You can do it for six weeks.

"But you can't for 162. We had [closer Greg Holland] for most of the 162 and he gave us everything he had. And when he went down in September, we had reinforcements. But we need more innings from the starters."

Moore's quotes seem to imply that K.C. will look to beef up its starting rotation behind Yordano Ventura, Edinson Volquez, Danny Duffy and Kris Medlen (the group of pitchers presumably in the mix for a starting assignment next season).