There was a lot of hype surrounding the Kansas City Royals heading into the 2013 season. I mean, how could you not pay attention to a team who unloaded their farm system for a frontline starter in James Shields and a solid middle reliever in Wade Davis?
Oh wait, Wade Davis is a starting pitcher? Oops.
It’s still early enough for the Royals to bounce back and have a solid season. Heck, they may even bounce back enough to earn the wild card berth that I predicted for them, but that doesn’t change the fact that the people in charge of the team are complete and utter imbeciles.
Dayton Moore, who is the general manager of the team, simply does not get “it”. I’m putting “it” in quotations because I can’t really quantify what makes a good GM, but it’s not the way Moore conducts business.
Take the trade with Tampa as one example of Moore’s ineptitude. It’s not as if James Shields is a bad pitcher, but he definitely was not worth the price Moore paid. To sum it up in an analogy, Moore would be the kid in grade school that would trade a nickel for two pennies because two is greater than one. But, Moore isn’t the only guy who is lacking the basic understanding of how to put together a winning baseball team on the Royals.
Ned Yost, the manager of the Royals, is also proving to be quite incompetent. I mean, he’s batting Chris Getz leadoff for heaven’s sake. You really cannot defend that move in any capacity, nor can you defend trotting out Jeff Francoeur every day.
If the Royals want to contend in the future, they need to completely get rid of everyone who is bringing the team down. Someone needs to step in and start making smart decisions with that team before it’s too late, because I know Dayton Moore isn’t going to fix a thing.