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Dayton Moore loves cliches, still doesn't get it

Feb 17, 2010, 1:50 PM EDT

Royals pitchers and catchers reported to spring training this morning and general manager Dayton Moore had this to say about the team’s offseason moves:

I love the moves that we’ve made this offseason. We wanted to get more athletic, and we wanted more team speed. Guys who could play better defense. And for a little over $8 million, we’ve added Chris Getz, Josh Fields, Rick [Ankiel], Scott Podsednik, Jason Kendall, Noel Arguelles and Brian Anderson.

All of those guys are very athletic and defensive-oriented players. They’re baseball players in the sense that they come to play. They’re winners. They’ve got great reputations in the game of being competitors. We like the moves a great deal.

I’m certainly not going to fault a GM for saying that he likes his own offseason moves, but all that other stuff is mostly nonsense and similar to what we’ve heard from Moore each spring since he got the job in 2006.
– “We wanted to get more athletic, and we wanted more team speed.”
– “They’re baseball players in the sense that they come to play.”
– “They’re winners.”
– “They’ve got great reputations in the game of being competitors.”
Just to be clear, he’s talking about Jason Kendall, Scott Podsednik, Rick Ankiel, Chris Getz, Brian Anderson, and Josh Fields. Meanwhile, he seems not to care a whole lot about getting on base or hitting for power, and doesn’t seem to realize that all those cliches about supposed intangibles don’t really matter when the team is terrible.
Kansas City has averaged 99 losses per season since their last winning record in 2003, and I can assure you that not having enough speedy, athletic winners who come to play and are competitors hasn’t been the problem.

  1. BC - Feb 17, 2010 at 2:09 PM

    Could be worse. They could have Omar Minaya.

  2. APBA Guy - Feb 17, 2010 at 2:12 PM

    Most observers agree that the current advantage enjoyed by the AL over the NL is due in significant part to the wider and earlier adaptation by AL front offices of statistically based player assessment as a complement to traditional scouting.
    This revolution seems to have passed by the Royals. Ironic, as Bill James (with Rob Neyer on staff) did his seminal work using the Royals as his test bed.
    More damning still, even if you espouse scouting as preeminent in player assessment, this band of castoffs assembled by Moore in the offseason are all rejects from other, more successful, Central Division teams.
    It’s as if Moore and staff are both blind and dumb, they neither see nor compute.
    99 losses again, indeed.

  3. moreflagsmorefun - Feb 17, 2010 at 2:14 PM

    yeah , the same Omar who built the 2006 NL east champ, and lost game seven when Carlos Beltran left the bat on his shoulder on strike three the same Omar who built the 2007 and 2008 teams that coughed up the division to the Phillies and a 2009 team that had so many injured players they had to sign Sheffield to play outfield.

  4. ecp - Feb 17, 2010 at 2:16 PM

    Ah yes, it’s spring training, the official beginning of “Let’s Crucify the Royals Again” season. What the heck is the man supposed to say? “I know these guys blow, they don’t get on base and can’t play defense, but I can’t talk the good free agents into playing in Kansas City for any amount of money, so this is the best I can get?” I mean, yeah, it would be refreshingly truthful, but Ozzie Guillen he ain’t, and you just aren’t going to hear it.

  5. Josh - Feb 17, 2010 at 2:16 PM

    What Dayton really meant to say was they went to the White Sox garage sale and picked up four items. Anderson has never been able to hit at the MLB level, Pods is one year older and really got lucky last year and Fields has too poor a contact rate to be anything. I will say Getz is a solid ballplayer, may never be more than an average starter in the majors, but he brings a nice dimension to a team — but that team would not be the Royals. More like an already good team who could you use a solid bench guy.

  6. Old Gator - Feb 17, 2010 at 2:31 PM

    Minaya for Moore, heads up. Do you think you’d notice any real difference in either team in two years?
    Worse yet – they could have Isaiah Thomas.

  7. Jamie - Feb 17, 2010 at 3:47 PM

    A more truthful statement from Moore would be “I can’t talk the good free agents into playing in Kansas City, so I blew the money on the worst possible players I could find. You know, for kicks.”

  8. BC - Feb 17, 2010 at 4:05 PM

    He also hired managers who couldn’t coach their way out of a paper bag, made perhaps the dumbest trade ever getting rid of Billy Wagner (think draft choices would have been be nice?), made the second worst trade ever (Kazmir for Zambrano), drove completely killed the farm system, hired Tony Bernazard, and is such a horrible leader that he has three other people calling the shots and talking to the media instead of running the show himself. David Wright and Jose Reyes were already signed and in the system before he was there. He had money to play with and signed a couple big names, which anyone would do if they had $100 mil to play with.
    He’s buried the Mets for the next five years, minimum.

  9. YANKEES1996 - Feb 17, 2010 at 4:06 PM

    How do you get to “more athletic” and “more team speed” with names like Chris Getz, Josh Fields, Rick Ankiel, Jason Kendall and Scott Podsednik? I don’t know if Mr.Moore loves cliches or not but he appears to be using them to defend the wasting of 8 million dollars.
    Old Gator, the answer to your question you posed to BC, is NO!!

  10. Joey B - Feb 17, 2010 at 5:34 PM

    “yeah , the same Omar who built the 2006 NL east champ,”
    FWIW, by pointing out 2006, it emphasizes the fact that the NYM missed the playoffs in 2005, 2007, 2008, and 2009, and they had the highest payroll in the league in each of those years.

  11. NastyNate - Feb 17, 2010 at 7:26 PM

    Kazmir trade was done by Jim Duquette, not Minaya.

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