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Royals looking to get back to postseason before core players exit via free agency

Royals free agents

APRIL 2017 – Things were spinning so fast, even Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost had some fleeting doubts.

There was the death of Yordano “Ace” Ventura in late January just before the team reported to spring training. And the off-season forced trades of closer Wade Davis and speedster outfielder Jarrod Dyson, who are both eligible for free agency after this season, for property the Royals can control for a longer period.

“With everything we’ve had go on, losing Ventura, having to trade Wade, having to trade Dyson, I think there were some questions in my mind how good we were going to be,” Yost said.

Countdown: The Kansas City Chiefs top 3rd-round NFL Draft Picks

Chiefs Draft Picks 3rd Round

The Chiefs have a great history of the players they’ve selected as third round draft picks in the NFL Draft. They have made huge contributions to the franchise during their time, especially recently. Also, as a reminder, every pick the Chiefs have made, including while they were in the AFL, are in consideration. With all that said, let’s continue our series and take a look at the best third round draft picks made by the Chiefs.

Countdown: The Kansas City Chiefs top 4th-round NFL Draft Picks

Chiefs Draft Picks 4th Round

The Chiefs haven’t had the best luck when it comes to drafting players in the fourth round of the NFL draft. There have been a few gems found in the fourth round, however, that have gone on to have good, solid careers in the NFL and have even excelled to have great careers. Remember, this countdown is based on a player’s career in Kansas City and includes AFL draft picks. Now here is our countdown of the Chiefs’ best fourth round picks.

Newcomer Nathan Karns moves into Royals’ starting rotation

Nathan Karns

APRIL 2017 – Nathan Karns, who earned a spot in the Kansas City Royals rotation in spring training, went to Arlington (Texas) James Martin High and was a Rangers fan. The Rangers home stadium is just a few long tosses away from his high school.

He was a linebacker in the fall, liking to hit people, especially the quarterback.

In the spring, he was a right-handed pitcher armed with a 97 mile per hour fastball. The scouts noticed and so did the college recruiters.

The Astros drafted him in 2006 out of high school, but he did not sign.

Countdown: The Kansas City Chiefs top 5th-round NFL Draft Picks

Chiefs 5th Round Draft Picks

Usually a team’s later draft picks give them a less chance at finding quality players for your team. The Chiefs, however, have been able to find some good talent in the fifth round that have had good careers, whether it was in Kansas City or elsewhere. Oddly enough, the Chiefs have found some pretty good success over the years in the odd-numbered rounds of the draft. With all that said, let’s get into our countdown of the Chiefs’ best fifth round picks.

Berry back, Charles gone as Chiefs make offseason moves

Chiefs offseason

MARCH 2017 – Eric Berry will be back, but Jamaal Charles will not be as the Kansas City Chiefs made a couple of significant moves entering March.

Berry agreed to a six-year $78 million contract making him the highest paid safety in NFL history.

“Keeping Eric Berry in a Chiefs uniform long-term has been a significant goal of ours,” Chiefs general manager John Dorsey said. “He’s a special football player and an incredible person. We’re thrilled we were able to get this deal done.”

Coach Andy Reid called Berry “one of the backbones of our defense and a team leader.”

Royals second base job is wide open

Royals 2nd Base

MARCH 2017 – There was no competition for the second base job in 2016, but it was still a big question mark in spring training for the Royals.

The Royals owed Omar Infante a lot of money and are still paying him this year. There was hope he could regain his glory days after hitting a puny .220 in 2015 and left off the World Series roster with an injury.

But with Infante struggling with a .239 average and no power, the Royals released him on June 21 last season, even though he still had 1 ½ years left on his contract.

This year the Royals have four candidates for the starting second base job, but none has a great deal of big league experience playing there.

Royals Bullpen will have a different look in 2017

Royals Bullpen

MARCH 2017 – Once upon a time, the Kansas City Royals bullpen had HDH, a dominant shut down trio of pitchers.

That would stand for Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis and Greg Holland.

A couple of spring trainings ago, manager Ned Yost was told other teams were trying to replicate the Kansas City Royals’ success with similar bullpens.

“Good luck with that,” Yost replied on finding arms like Herrera, Davis and Holland to close out games.

Royals and Chiefs earn Top-20 Spots in ESPN Ultimate Standings of 2016

ESPN Ultimate Standings

JANUARY 2017 – Congrats Kansas City fans, our very own professional teams earned top spots in the ESPN Ultimate Standings of 2016. Out of the 122 teams in the four major sports leagues, the Royals ranked number 9 and the Chiefs ranked number 20.

A Review of the Chiefs last 5 Playoff Appearances

Playoff History Chiefs

Before the start of the 2016-17 postseason, let’s take a look back at the Chiefs’ 5 playoff appearances since 2000.

The Chiefs are just 1-5 in the 21st Century. That’s a .167 win percentage.