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Schmuck: Royals back in ALCS with Orioles at home because they tried harder to improve

Schmuck: Royals back in ALCS with Orioles at home because they tried harder to improve

While Orioles fans lay out the chips and dip and watch the Kansas City Royals make their second straight appearance in the American League Championship Series, it should be no consolation at all that the Royals actually took a page from the O's 2014 playbook to improve their chances of getting back to the World Series.

Think about it. While the Orioles front office was busy failing to sign Nelson Cruz last winter, the Royals picked up this year's version, who now looks like the free-agent bargain of the season. They signed Kendrys Morales to a two-year contract with a mutual third-year option that will cost them an average of less than $8 million for the first two years.

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