06:45 PM ET 02.06 | Recently, Craig Brown over at Royalsreview.com wrote on an interesting question: Why not Luis Mendoza as the fifth starter? He notes the response the Royals have to that question, that Mendoza will perform best in a long-reliever/swing-man role. We've heard similar arguments for keeping Aaron Crow in the bullpen and Jarrod Dyson as a fourth outfielder. The premise for that line of reasoning is that it's best to give players roles in which they will be most successful. This logic is flawed. Or rather, this logic is flawed if a team's primary goal is to win the most games it can. I know it seems solid. It seems like a no-brainer. Of course the Royals should want players to have roles in which they can be most successful. DUH! Wrong. The Royals should want players in roles that will make the team most successful, and no they are not the same thing -- well, most often they are the same thing -- but not always.