K.C.'s bullpen 'heated' and ready to go

Royals' end game a strength, but rotation will need to be improved from '08

Originally Published: March 19, 2009
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- On the heels of the Bruce Chen signing, Tug Hulett's demotion to Triple-A Omaha and the birth of Jose Guillen's son Derek, the Kansas City Royals mixed in another intriguing transaction this week. They picked up Sidney Ponson, World Baseball Classic stalwart, nemesis of Aruban judges and a guy who was released by Texas last June for conduct unbecoming a teammate.

While the Royals called it a move to strengthen their organizational "depth," there was an underlying message: ...

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