KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The World Series is more than two weeks in the past.
Major League Baseball's award season is in full swing.
The preliminary administrative contract paperwork has been handled -- options have been accepted and declined, qualifying offers accepted and declined, players officially deemed free agents.
So now, the offseason begins in earnest. MLB's top executives gather in Arizona this week as the reshaping of rosters for the 2020 season begins to unfold.
While the Kansas City Royals clearly enter a new era of the organization's history, with a new manager taking the reins and an ownership change expected to become official later this month, the most significant change for faithful followers of the club will come in improvement upon the club's record after back-to-back 100-loss seasons.
That starts with the offseason decisions and moves made by the baseball operations leadership group headed by general manager Dayton Moore this winter.
Here are the big question marks/areas of concern that should steer the Royals during the so-called hot stove portion of the baseball calendar.
While the starting pitching rotation and bullpen warrant their own separate concerns, the current starting corps may contain candidates to bolster the bullpen.
Of course, taking from Peter to pay Paul could have significant ramifications.
The Royals' bullpen ERA of 5.07 ranked 14th in the 15-team American League. Only the Orioles posted a worse mark (5.79). Royals relievers also logged the third-fewest holds in the AL, the third-highest walk percentage (10.6 percent) and the second-lowest strikeout-to-walk ratio (2.01-1).