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 MLB.com'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:
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).