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Dayton Moore says Royals won’t be active in free agency

Nov 13, 2010, 2:35 PM EDT

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David DeJesus and his $6 million salary for 2011 was shipped off to the Athletics earlier this week, but Royals general manager Dayton Moore told Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star that he doesn’t intend to invest the cost savings in free agents.

“It’s not cost effective at this time for us to be real aggressive with major-league free agents,” general manager Dayton Moore said.

“Our stance on potentially adding something (major through free-agency),” Moore said, “is it would really have to fit long term. That guy doesn’t exist right now, and I don’t know who that would be. “We’re not just going to add somebody to make our payroll higher for one year.”

Uh, Dayton, what about Jeff Francoeur?

It’s easy to say that the Royals are just being cheap here, but after Moore handed out contracts to the likes of Rick Ankiel, Scott Podsednik and Jason Kendall last offseason, it’s probably a good thing they plan to sit on the sidelines.

Nobody expects the Royals to pose any sort of threat in the American League Central next season, so they are better off just biding time until top prospects like Eric Hosmer, Mike Montgomery, Mike Moustakas and John Lamb are ready for the big leagues.

  1. uyf1950 - Nov 13, 2010 at 3:24 PM

    If they aren’t going to reinvest in the team they shouldn’t receive any revenue sharing money. They have a very wealthy owner and a low payroll committed for 2011. The Royals are a prime example of what’s wrong with MLB’s revenue sharing, owners that keep the money instead of reinvesting it in the team. Maybe relocation or contraction is the answer for a team like the Royals.

    • handsfour - Nov 13, 2010 at 3:48 PM

      Not throwing money at major league free agents doesn’t necessarily mean they’re not investing in the team. Did you disagree with Moore’s comments?

      • uyf1950 - Nov 13, 2010 at 4:17 PM

        To handsfour – Yes, I do disagree. It’s one thing to throw money away. But here are probably several “low cost/bargain” major league free agents that could help the team. After all the Royals are consistently at the bottom of the AL Central Division they consistently finish in the bottom 20% in ML attendance. In my opinion waiting for “prospects” is something they don’t have the luxury of doing. They need to get fans in the ballpark. Heck I’m not saying that they are going to be in the post season or even compete with the Twins. But they need to get respectable and be competitive and up to now and for the last several years if not longer they haven’t been. After all it’s not like they don’t have the money to at the very least be competitive.

      • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Nov 15, 2010 at 2:57 PM

        I think it would be fair to look into how much they invest in scouting, player development and similar fields before we pass too much judgment.

  2. proudlycanadian - Nov 13, 2010 at 4:58 PM

    So far, nobody has been very active in the free agency market. There is no reason to pick on KC. They are not a free agent or two away from being competitive.

  3. kcfanatic - Nov 13, 2010 at 5:24 PM

    Great PR Royals. Tell everyone you are gonna go cheap, just like your owner ran walmart when he was the CEO. Run The Royals into the ground. You’ve made us wait 25 years since our last playoff berth, what’s another 25 years. Youth Movement you say…we’ve been through the youth movements. We’ve watched our youth go to contenders. We’ve been through the trades of All Stars like Johnny Damon, Carlos Beltran, Jermaine Dye. We watched our team MVP (Teahan) get moved from his position to make room for a guy that can’t make the major league roster today. We’ve watched former Royals play in World Series after World Series wondering when this team is going to sack up, and spend some money on the team. You take the revenue sharing, and don’t spend it on the team. You make the taxpayers fork over 1/4 Billion Dollars for your ballpark, so that you can improve revenue. Now you don’t want to spend a dime on the team! BOO Royals! BOO Dayton Moore! BOO David Glass!

    BTW, We in KC have let you(Royals) get away with this long enough. Maybe its because we have been watching both the Royals and Chiefs lose for years now, but enough! The Chiefs are trying to win and the Royals are trying to get by and make money off revenue sharing. Just get the heck out of my town! Please David Glass, sell the team to anyone. I would rather not have the Royals in KC, then have to watch my beloved boys in blue flounder in KC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. hackerjay - Nov 15, 2010 at 11:56 AM

    I think everyone that has a problem with this needs to take a breath and realize that the Royals have by far the best minor league system in the majors. Say what you will about Moore, but he has done a great job of building the team from basically nothing, which is what he inherited. The Royals have been “rebuilding” for almost 20 years, but it’s just been the last few that they have actually been doing it with a purpose.

    I personally think that they are right on track, and that it would be worthless for them to sign any free agents right now. Even if they were able to sign someone like Jayson Werth his best years would be wasted while the young players start to mature, and then once they are ready to contend the contract would hold them back from signing a piece that will actually help the next great Royals team. Trying to build a team by signing free agents rearly get’s you to the playoffs. Building from within and then getting the final pieces through free agency is the best way to go, as the Giants, Rangers, Rays, and Phillies have shown us recently.

  5. sportsdrenched - Nov 15, 2010 at 12:40 PM

    Just because the Royals aren’t spending money on FA doesn’t mean they’re not spending money.

    Why would you spend money on the one thing that gives you the least amount of return.

    The Royals have spent more money on the draft than any other team the last few years. They’ve also spent money on building and developing a presnece in the Dominican Republic. You know, where baseball players come from?

    Not that I want to defend Davis Glass, because he has a lot of the blame for the Royals being where they are. However, David Glass maybe rich compared to you and me, but compared to other MLB Owner’s he’s not all that. Probably in the lower third.

    There’s a lot of infastructure the Royals lacked prior to GMDM taking over. It takes time to build it.

  6. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Nov 15, 2010 at 2:59 PM

    Dayton’s doing the right thing here. He’s setting up the timing of what he thinks is best to do at what time for the team. In other words, getting big FA’s when they’ll make the most difference. That’s smart thinking.

    They should go for some upside pitching like Harden, Chris Young and/or Freddy Garcia to bide some time, and bolster that pen a little bit.

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