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Yost embracing Royals' rebuilding effort

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KANSAS CITY -- You can safely say that Royals manager Ned Yost is fully embracing the team's rebuilding effort.

Yost, appearing at the team's Fan Fest event last weekend, spoke glowingly of the opportunity to manage what will be his second rebuilding effort with the Royals since taking over in 2010.

KANSAS CITY -- You can safely say that Royals manager Ned Yost is fully embracing the team's rebuilding effort.

Yost, appearing at the team's Fan Fest event last weekend, spoke glowingly of the opportunity to manage what will be his second rebuilding effort with the Royals since taking over in 2010.

Back then, young stars such as Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas and Salvador Perez were just barely on the horizon. But that trio helped the Royals get to two straight World Series and a championship.

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"I'm excited to get out there [to Arizona]," Yost said. "I'm excited to see Jorge Soler. I know how hard he's worked this offseason. I'm excited to see what Cheslor Cuthbert can do with a full season of opportunity.

"I'm excited to see [Jorge Bonifacio] play. I'm excited to see Bubba Starling come into Spring Training and see what he can do. I'm excited to see [Raul Mondesi]. I think it will be interesting."

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Yost said he believes this rebuild could go faster than the last one.

"We're further along this time than we were last time," Yost said. "Guys like Cuthbert, Soler and Mondi and Paulo [Orlando] and Boni have all had some level of success at the big league level. Moose and Hosmer and Salvy hadn't when I got there. They had to go through ups and downs, So I'm looking forward to what these guys bring to the table."

Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB.

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