Dayton Moore Leaving Opens Up Opportunities For The Royals
The stagnant, subpar team that occupies Kaufmann Stadium in Kansas City just received a breath of fresh air. The Royals decided to cut ties with their President of Baseball Operations, Dayton Moore. It was finalized earlier today by Royals CEO/chairman John Sherman via press conference.
Moore took charge as their General Manager initially in 2006. The team struggled for years until the mid-2010s. In 2014, they won the American League pennant, losing the World Series to the San Francisco Giants in seven games. The next season, they won it all, defeating the Mets in five games.
Since then, the team has fallen substantially. Although never offensively inclined, they’ve consistently been amongst the worst. Since 2016, the Royals haven’t finished above 3rd place. As of Sept. 21st, the team is 59-89 which is the third worst in the American League in 2022.
At the beginning of this season, Moore was promoted to President of Baseball Operations, but the team’s poor play has led to his firing. They managed to already surpass their loss total from last year with two weeks left to play.
A new President of Baseball Operations could pay big dividends for this team. At the deadline, they let go of talented players such as Andrew Benintendi, Whit Merrifield, and Carlos Santana. In exchange, they’ve received prospects.
What the Royals need to do is to not bank on what they did in 2014/2015. This type of play isn’t sustainable anymore. That includes little emphasis on offense and a strong emphasis on pitching and speed. They need to shift this onto three true outcomes which other teams use with success.
Building a team around Shortstop Bobby Witt and Pitcher Brady Singer is the path to go towards. Their bullpen also has solid pieces including Scott Barlow and Dylan Coleman.
True, it will be a while until the Royals have a Postseason team, but if they are able to bolster that farm system without selling young studs, they could be sitting pretty.
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