If you think about it, the Royals and Rays, the two teams that completed a massive prospects-for-pitchers trade on Sunday, are a lot alike. Both teams are among the have-nots of the American League, competing with payrolls in the mid-60-millions (last season). Neither one draws well—in the Royals’ case, because of all the losing and because Kansas City is small, and in the Rays’ case, because of all the past losing, the newness of the franchise, and the ugliness and location of the ballpark, where it’s almost impossible to catch a foul ball without some painfuland/orembarrassing consequence. To compensate for the lack of revenue, both teams try to draft, develop, and extend homegrown players as an alternative to paying for wins from free agents, and both have had among the finest farm systems in baseball for the past few seasons.
The Kansas City Royals are suffering through yet another losing season, but the team still trusts in The Process, and an interview with Andrew McCutchen.
When Dayton Moore was hired as general manager by the Royals in June 2006, he talked about how it would be a process to turn around a franchise that hadn't been to the postseason since 1985. Moore used the word so much over time that the business of restoring the Royals to respectability became known as “The Process” by their fans.
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Thanks to Zack Greinke's desires, Dayton Moore is not a villain in Kansas City, along with other news and notes from around the major leagues.
Dayton Moore faced the decision that all small-market general managers seem to eventually be forced to make: do you hold on to your most marketable player, or do you trade him for young and affordable players in bulk? The Royals' GM made that decision last weekend and shipped right-hander Zack Greinke, just one year removed from winning the American League Cy Young award, to the Brewers a pair of 24-year-olds in shortstop Alcides Escobar and center fielder Lorenzo Cain and two pitching prospects.
GM Dayton Moore has done a fine job of stocking the farm system in KC, but hasn't found success in assembling the big-league roster.
To say that expectations were high when Dayton Moore took over as general manager of the Kansas City Royals in the summer of 2006 would be an understatement. Moore, who had spent over a decade in the Atlanta Braves' organization, was effectively the Jason Heyward of general manager prospects. Having served as a scout he had developed a keen eye for talent and seen what it takes to build consistent winners first-hand while working under John Schuerholz. On top of everything, Moore was a self-professed Royals fan and had grown up in Wichita, Kansas. It would also be an understatement, however, to say that the job he undertook was one of the least desirable in sports.
Even after being fired, Trey Hillman feels the Royals are on the right track, plus other MLB notes.
The Royals are seemingly continuing on the road to nowhere. They are 12-23, on pace to finish under .500 for the 15th time in the last 16 seasons, and now have a new manager. To the surprise of no one, the Royals fired Trey Hillman on Thursday after beating the Indians to end a seven-game losing streak. Former Brewers manager Ned Yost, a special adviser to Royals general manger Dayton Moore, will be running the team for the remainder of the season.
The Dodgers reassert their authority out west, a Cardinals kerfuffle, Kazmir's up for monkeying around, plus news and views from around the game.
The Dodgers heard the footsteps and decided not to take any chances with possibly losing their grip on a National League West title that it had seemingly put a stranglehold on four months ago. Moving swiftly, general manager Ned Colletti decisively and stealthily bolstered his team's chances of not only winning its second consecutive division title but its first NL pennant since 1988 as the clock wound down on the August 31 deadline for acquiring players who would be eligible for the post-season roster.
As hopeless as the situation may seem, it's important to remember the context of Dayton Moore's task.
About an hour into the film Broken Arrow-a trite Travolta action movie from the mid-'90s that happens to be a guilty pleasure of mine-one of the characters remarks that he is not sure whether it disturbs him more that a nuclear weapon had been stolen or that such a scenario had occurred frequently enough to merit the creation of a term to describe it. When news broke that Yuniesky Betancourt had been placed on the trading block, my knee-jerk reaction involved questioning who in the wide, wide world of sports would even desire his services. When it hit the pipeline that the Royals pulled the trigger and had brought him on board, I laughed somewhat cynically, reveling in the predictability of the move, thinking it indicative of Dayton Moore's tenure atop the organization. Much has been written in the wake of Moore's many questionable moves since taking over halfway through the 2006 campaign, critiquing his supposed lack of statistical prowess, and leading to some calling for his immediate dismissal. Relating the aforementioned film to the topic at hand, the fact that Betancourt personifies the type of player Moore has come to treasure in two and a half years on the job is more egregious in the eyes of many than the specific acquisition of a random, low-OBP shortstop from the Mariners.