Alex Gordon

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Well here we are, it’s the offseason. With merely five days elapsed since the Kansas City Royals celebrated their first championship in 30 years, Royals General Manager Dayton Moore is already shifting gears towards building another contending team in 2016.

The Royals have already exercised a $5.25MM option on free-swinging shortstop Alcides Escobar and an $8MM option on closer Wade Davis. The Royals have also declined a $3MM option on outfielder Jonny Gomes, a $12MM option on Alex Rios and a $10MM option on Jeremy Guthrie.

Guthrie was bought out for $3.2MM after a disappointing 2015. The 36-year-old starter was 8-8 with a 5.95 ERA in 148.1 innings pitched. He also allowed a league high 29 home runs in the process.

The Royals have a committed salary of $82.7MM in 2016, but have some key players testing free agency including, Chris Young, Johnny Cueto, Alex Gordon and Ben Zobrist.

In a season where they won a total of 107 games and a World Series Championship, it is safe to say that there is plenty of work to be done this offseason in Kansas City in order for the Royals to contend once again in 2016.

Here is a look at what they need to do if they want to be atop the American League once again in 2016.

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