Kansas City Royals Foolish To Extend Dayton Moore’s Contract

According to Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse, a source has confirmed that the Kansas City Royals have extended the contract of GM Dayton Moore. That sound you just heard was every remaining Royals fan throwing up in their mouth.

After three years on the job, Moore doesn’t deserve to be the GM of the Long Island Ducks let alone get an extension. The Royals used to be one of the American League’s premier franchises back in the day and I am not sure how much more Royal fans can take…literally.

Moore has failed as Royals' GM

Moore has failed as Royals' GM

When Moore took over in 2006, the Royals had an Opening Day payroll of $47 million and change. The 2009 Royals had an Opening Day payroll of $70 million and change and have actually gotten worse. Some would argue that the Royals are the worst team in baseball this year.

For those of you scoring at home that is roughly a 49 percent increase in payroll from 2006 to 2009. Let’s put this into everyday terms. If you were running a business and your Director or VP of Operations increased expenditures by almost 50 percent, you would expect to see increased results, right?

The Royals have increased expenditures and the results have decreased. It’s like they are rewarding mediocrity. If Jack Welch was running the Royals, Moore would have been fired in 2008.

This is a man who has built a team that doesn’t hit for power (last in the AL in home runs), doesn’t walk (last in the AL in OBP), doesn’t hit for average (tied for last in the AL in batting avg.), and can’t field the baseball (13th in the AL in fielding percentage).

This is a man who presumably sat in a room and thought it was a good idea to give Kyle Farnsworth a two-year, $9.5 million deal. Moore woke up on the morning of December 5th, 2007 and said let’s give a malcontent, who has worn out his welcome everywhere he has been a three-year, $36 million contract.

Yes, that guy was Jose Guillen.

Outside of Zack Greinke, this team has no stars and no hope on the way. Their top prospects such as Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, and Tim Melville are still a couple of years away from really contributing. If you are wondering what happened to the Royals’ minor league pitcher of the year in 2008 Dan Cortes? Yeah, he was traded for Yuniesky Betancourt, perhaps the worst player in baseball.

I really hope for the sanity of Royal fans that Moore can get his act together. If not, it might be another 24 years before they win another World Series.


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