In Florida last year he was known as Mr. Marlin. That said, Jeff Conine was a) Mr. Too Expensive and b) Mr. Mediocre in '97, which is why he was traded back to Kansas City, where he began his career eight years ago. Conine, 31, will start in left for the Royals, who—with the defection of DH Chili Davis to the Yankees-need more than the .242 average, with 17 homers and 61 RBIs, he put up while hitting in the middle of a stacked Marlins lineup. In fact, on a team where only Jeff King and Dean Palmer supply true power, 90 RBIs is a must for Conine if Kansas City expects to clear .500 and he wants a shot at being "Mr. Royal."