Royals should wait for young talent to grow

Originally Published: November 6, 2008
By Jonah Keri | Special to ESPN.com

The Tampa Bay Rays made a lot of shrewd decisions on their way to winning the AL pennant last season -- but a decade of losing and high draft picks also played a huge role in the team's success.

With the Rays now part of baseball's royalty, the Royals will try to live up to their own lofty name, using their own recent losing tradition to their advantage. First-round draft picks Luke Hochevar, Billy Butler and Alex Gordon all figure to play key roles for the next half-decade or ...

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