KC's front office drops ball

The Royals had a chance to win the AL Central, but the front office didn't get the quality starter KC needed.

Updated: July 12, 2004, 2:17 PM ET
By Rick Sutcliffe | Special to ESPN Insider
Fans in Kansas City must be disappointed with the lack of movement by the Royals' front office. The Royals have done everything they can on the field. Tony Pena is, without a doubt, the American League manager of the year. And the fans have gotten behind the team. But the front office has let the organization down.

While the Kansas City Royals are still in the AL Central race -- in third place, 3½ games behind the Minnesota Twins -- I don't believe they'll win the division. But they could have.
Rick Sutcliffe serves as an ESPN Major League Baseball analyst, appearing on Wednesday night telecasts, select ESPN Radio broadcasts, as well as Baseball Tonight.