Like him or not, Dayton Moore is forthcoming with fans Reviewed by Momizat on . General Manager’s are like quarterbacks. They often get too much or too little credit for the things they do and the decisions they make. Some of it is fair, General Manager’s are like quarterbacks. They often get too much or too little credit for the things they do and the decisions they make. Some of it is fair, Rating:
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Like him or not, Dayton Moore is forthcoming with fans

General Manager’s are like quarterbacks. They often get too much or too little credit for the things they do and the decisions they make. Some of it is fair, some isn’t. Regardless, they get paid to sit in the big boy chair and call the shots.

So when Dayton Moore’s interview with Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star went live this week regarding the Royals’ reasons for standing pat in the free agent pitching market, it was a matter of time before this became a hot topic throughout Royals Nation. Personally, I understand both sides of the coin in this argument. I’m not the least bit unnerved by this decision.

Regardless of whether you liked what Moore had to say, shouldn’t it at least be refreshing as a fan that your GM isn’t feeding you a giant crap sandwich?

Many of you already know that I’m on record saying I felt the Royals should have at least made a play for *Roy Oswalt. It made some sense before the Tigers landed Prince Fielder, if you believed that this team had a legitimate shot to compete for the division title this year. That, and the idea that John Lamb (Tommy John surgery), Jake Odorizzi, Chris Dwyer and Mike Montgomery all arguably could use more time in the minors – sure, what the heck would it hurt?

*(Some have commented that Oswalt had no interest in coming here, but that all appears to be speculation at this point. We may never know whether that statement is factual in any way, as it appears the Royals never did anything more than due diligence in checking on Oswalt or Edwin Jackson.)

I also said, however, that I never expected Kansas City to become serious players for Oswalt. Why? Because, unlike other GM’s around professional sports – and in many instances, the Royals of the past – I believe ‘The Process’ Moore is selling to fans is the truth.

I’m not really sure why this non-move shocked anyone, but for quite some time now Moore has stated that he won’t allow veterans to block the youngsters when they’re ready. So far, he’s not backed down from this statement. Wilson Betemit was shipped out to make room for Mike Moustakas. Melky Cabrera – even after a career year that had some fans hoping for an extension – was dealt to not only improve the rotation, but to open up a spot for Lorenzo Cain.

Moore has shown no hesitation to bring a young prospect up once team scouts are convinced he’s ready. Aaron Crow went from a demotion to A-ball to the MLB All-Star Game the next season. It’s entirely possible Montgomery could crack the rotation out of Spring Training this year if they believe he’s ready. I can’t name one ready-now prospect in the minors that is blocked by someone.

At the beginning of this offseason it was reported multiple times that the team was seeking a starting pitcher. After doing just that and acquiring Jonathan Sanchez, it was then reported the Royals were probably done and weren’t expected to sign any major free agents in order to keep the pipeline open for the youngsters. As we’ve seen, that’s exactly what’s happened.

Please don’t mistake me as a Dayton Moore apologist. With 20/20 vision there have been some terrible moves, and a few good ones. But the man deserves credit for being forthcoming with the fans, some of whom haven’t been alive long enough to have ever seen a winner. His job in Kansas City, and to an extent his resume, rides on ‘The Process’ succeeding.

He tells us it will. I believe him.

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  • mattdyer2

    Thanks, Greg.

    I’ve enjoyed your work on the radio and think you guys have done a fantastic job with the site. I worked with Levi Payton at the Carthage Press in Southwest Missouri, so it’s great to see him contributing. He does solid work.

    I agree Moore has gotten better with the media and should have been more clear with my point. I recall sitting at an APSE conference at Kauffman Stadium in 2007 and Moore was a guest speaker. Well, the Q&A, more or less, turned into a press conference. He may have been taken aback by the situation, but he was standoffish. At the pair of press conference I sat in on last season Moore looked and felt more comfortable, which only makes sense after a few years around the same people.

    Anyway, keep up the great work.

  • Greg Schaum

    Wow- was that your first Post on our site? I think it was and KUDOS to you….once our message board gets up I would love to see you as a leader on the boards

    I agree with much of what you said but I do not think Dayton is as popular with the media as you say….he has gotten much much better but he rarely gives anything more than the stock answer….

  • mattdyer2

    It’s been said before, but Dayton Moore might be the most important sports executive in Kansas City.

    Not that there’s a huge list to choose from, but it’s next to impossible to fail with an NFL franchise, or at least with a salary cap to create parody.

    What Moore has done in his short tenure with Royals is nothing short of miraculous. Moore, agree with him or not, took over a franchise that was nothing more than a kicking board for the rest of baseball. Except, perhaps, for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

    David Glass, who fronted the board of directors after Ewing Kauffman passed away in 1993, bought the Royals for approximately $97 million. Today, depending on which report you read, the Royals are worth approximately three times the amount he purchased the team for. In that span, the Royals have had one — one — winning season. As we know, the Royals averaged 100 or more losses for four out of five years.

    It’s easy to point the blame toward Allard Baird, who made his fair share of ill-advised trades, but never had the resources to turn the Royals into a consistent winner. In the meantime, the farm system was gutted, replaced by a bunch of players who were willing to sign for pennies on the dollar. On top of that, the few stars the Royals developed, Baird had little choice but to ship them off for what he deemed “major-league ready” talent. Neifi Perez, Roberto Hernandez, A.J. Hinch, anyone?

    Somebody, as they always do, had to fall on the sword, if you will, and Baird was it. Don’s worry about Baird, though, he’s enjoying life today in the Red Sox organization.

    I give Moore credit for coming in and changing the culture in Kansas City, slowly but surely turning the Royals back into — if nothing else — a legitimate baseball franchise. I also give Moore credit for, as Levi pointed out, sticking to his guns. Moore, in my opinion, swayed away from the “Process” only once when he signed Jose Guillen, which he has since admitted was a mistake.

    Some feel it has taken too long, that the Royals should already be competing for a division title. Well, it’s hard for casual fans to really understand how bad the situation was when he took over. Moore, surrounded by a talented staff, has completely overhauled the farm system.

    Since his hiring, Moore has built one of the top minor league systems in baseball. The bottom line is, Moore knows what he is doing — he’s very good at it.

    He has a great relationship with the media because — wait for it — he’s honest and unpretentious. Those two qualities are rare for a man in his position.

    I will give Glass a little credit for opening up his wallet enough to to spend money on the draft and player development. Obviously, with the new CBA, things will change in the coming years, so hopefully Glass will continue to allow Moore to spend in other areas, perhaps locking up one or two players when they become arbitration eligible and inch closer to free agency. What a concept, huh?

    As much as I want to back the Royals, little and big things like the Fanfest and the handling of Frank White make you stop and shake your head still. Hopefully when the time comes, the Glass family will be willing to offer one or two extensions to help keep the current core of position players intact. This remains to be seen, other than club-friendly extensions handed out to Joakim Soria, Zack Greinke and Billy Butler.

    Considering the Royals spent $55 million on both Mike Sweeney and Gil Meche within the last 10 years, is it realistic to think the club would be willing to pony up $80-100 million dollars on Mike Moustakas or Eric Hosmer?

    It’s yet to be determined but, as the saying goes, the air is thick.

  • cpass

    I can think of one ready-now prospect who is blocked – the only thing is, most experts hesitate to even call him a prospect. But he’s ready, and I think he could be somebody’s DH: Clint Robinson. Hard to see how he gets a chance, though.

  • jim fetterolf

    Good piece, Levi. I agree with you and with GMDM staying the Process. I think it’s actually a bit ahead of schedule and am real optimistic about this season.

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