Beyond the Box Score: "It’s not altogether unreasonable that the Royals could contend for the division in 2009."
Link via Royals Review.
Of course, anything's possible, especially in December. The odds say it's about time the Royals had a great season, had players hitting the 90th percentile in all the projections, watched as other teams faltered for one reason (old: White Sox) or another (they're due for a bad year: Twins).
Think of it this way: ask anyone before 2003 whether they thought the team could contend for .500, and what would they have said?
Anyway... yes, it's possible. Throw up some pixie dust and let's see what happens.