FILE - In this Dec. 7, 2015, file photo, Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost talks with reporters at the baseball winter meetings in Nashville, Tenn. After winning 95 games, their first division title in three decades and defeating the New York Mets in five games in the World Series, the plucky Royals surely won’t surprise anybody this season. But with most of their critical pieces returning from that team, there is ample reason to believe Kansas City can create some more October magic, even if they’ll be getting everyone’s best shot. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

Royals head to spring training with highest of expectations

Two years ago, hardly anyone expected the Kansas City Royals to reach the World Series.