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MLB News Kansas City Royals – Who is going to win 2nd base job?

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MLB News Who is going to win as the Kansas City Royals’ 2nd base job between Chris Getz and Johnny Giavotella remains too close to call.

MLB News Kansas City RoyalsA winner may not be crowned until the final days of camp. Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star says the loser likely gets a ticket to Triple-A Omaha and won’t be kept around as an extra infielder. Giavotella and Getz have an identical .250 BA and .294 OBP through 16 at-bats in Cactus League play.

Giavotella, 25, batted .328 over the last three seasons in the minors with 28 homers in 33 games, but he’s batted just .242 in 99 major league games. The Royals seem willing to put up with some of his defensive shortcomings if he can hit in the bigs, and that may now be a concern.

The 29-year-old Getz, a .257 career hitter, is the better defensive player, but there are questions as to his durability. He already has made five career trips to the disabled list and played in just 64 games last season.

How can KC can’t afford poor start again? Last April, the Royals were embarking on a season that was supposed to bring some hope and at least mild success to a franchise that has long lacked both. Instead, Kansas City finished April at 6-15, and that wasn’t even the worst part. The club lost its first 10 home games in 2012 — the most consecutive home losses to start a season since 1913 — which crushed whatever preseason hype had surrounded the young team.

Surely things will be better this time around, no? Well, as ESPN The Magazine’s Buster Olney writes, the Royals have the hardest schedule in the American League in the early going, especially in May. That makes it all the more imperative that K.C. jumps out to a much better start than they did last year. Check out the latest MLB Future Betting Odds.

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