Imitation is still the sincerest form of flattery. This offseason, the World Series champion Kansas City Royals are going to be consistently flattered.
Maybe it was mere coincidence that, with the Royals being built around a dominant bullpen and a terrific defense, the first two big deals of the Hot Stove season included an elite closer and a defensive whiz at shortstop. But maybe it wasn't.
Mike Bauman is a national columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.