General Managerâ€™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 isnâ€™t. Regardless, they get paid to sit in the big boy chair and call the shots.
So when Dayton Mooreâ€™s interview with Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star went live this week regarding the Royalsâ€™ 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. Iâ€™m not the least bit unnerved by this decision.
Regardless of whether you liked what Moore had to say, shouldnâ€™t it at least be refreshing as a fan that your GM isnâ€™t feeding you a giant crap sandwich?
Many of you already know that Iâ€™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 â€“ 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 GMâ€™s around professional sports â€“ and in many instances, the Royals of the past â€“ I believe â€˜The Processâ€™ Moore is selling to fans is the truth.
Iâ€™m not really sure why this non-move shocked anyone, but for quite some time now Moore has stated that he wonâ€™t allow veterans to block the youngsters when theyâ€™re ready. So far, heâ€™s not backed down from this statement. Wilson BetemitÂ was shipped out to make room for Mike Moustakas. Melky Cabrera â€“ even after a career year that had some fans hoping for an extension â€“ 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 heâ€™s ready. Aaron Crow went from a demotion to A-ball to the MLB All-Star Game the next season. Itâ€™s entirely possible Montgomery could crack the rotation out of Spring Training this year if they believe heâ€™s ready. I canâ€™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 werenâ€™t expected to sign any major free agents in order to keep the pipeline open for the youngsters. As weâ€™ve seen, thatâ€™s exactly whatâ€™s happened.
Please donâ€™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 havenâ€™t been alive long enough to have ever seen a winner. His job in Kansas City, and to an extent his resume, rides on â€˜The Processâ€™ succeeding.
He tells us it will. I believe him.