Jason Vargas: Lucky or Good?

by John Viril— Pundits snickered when Kansas City Royals GM Dayton Moore signed 31-year-old pitcher Jason Vargas to a 4-year $32 million contract. Most agreed that Vargas was a useful innings eater, and that the average salary was fair market value in 2014, but that Moore had overpaid by at least one, if not two, more guaranteed years than was necessary. Right now, Dayton Moore...

Why Dayton Moore Needed Early Success From Vargas

Dayton Moore needed a strong start to the season from Jason Vargas. He had made it clear at the beginning of free agency that Vargas was his man after signing him in November. He repeatedly answered questions about Ervin Santana and the possibility of bringing the number-two pitcher back for another year. 22 innings pitched. […]
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Moore says Royals knew about Infante's bone spur when they signed him

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Royals knew about second baseman Omar Infante's bone spur in his right elbow when they signed him last December and were not overly concerned, general manager Dayton Moore said. "It's fairly common for players to have that type of issue," Moore said by phone. "It's not serious. It's mostly a matter of treating the discomfort...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
March 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Dayton Moore: Duffy still could start season at Omaha, as a starter

With all the talk lately in the Royals' camp about left-hander Danny Duffy being moved to the bullpen, keep in mind one tiny detail: It's not a lock that he'll open the season in Kansas City. Duffy still could start the season at Triple-A Omaha -- as a starter, according to general manager Dayton Moore. "Absolutely, he could start at Omaha," Moore told me by...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
March 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Moore on maybe not carrying backup middle infielder: 'It's not like rosters are frozen Opening Day'

Since I began mentioning a few weeks ago that the Royals might start the season without a backup middle infielder on the 25-man roster, there seems to be some genuine concern out there in Royals land. The reason the Royals might start the season without a backup middle infielder is because they are leaning toward carrying five outfielders. Aside from the starters, Jarrod Dyson, Justin...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
February 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Dayton Moore: 'For the most part, the club is set'

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Spring training doesn't begin until later this week, but already the Royals' roster is taking shape. Royals general manager Dayton Moore held his final press conference Monday before coaches, players and front-office personnel convene in Surprise, Ariz., and Moore revealed some telling information on how that roster might shape up. For openers, Moore indicated...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
February 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals Rumors

The Kansas City Royals have been very active this offseason.  It seems the team is ready to contend and general manager Dayton Moore is building around his core players to do just that.  The 2014 season looks very promising. That does not mean the Royals are done building their team.  As the new year has arrived, so have rumors about the Royals’ interest in players that would...
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January 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Dayton Moore is grasping at straws

by John Viril— Kansas City GM Dayton Moore knows that his time is short. You can see it in every move he makes and in everything he says. If Moore does not win soon, he’s going to be out of a job. That’s the only way to make sense of Moore’s latest roster moves and comments. Today, Moore sent 2B Johnny Giavotella and P Everett Teaford back to AAA, and recalled 2B Chris Getz...
Via The Viril View: On the KC Royals
July 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Moore on Royals offense: 'The answer lies within'

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Everyone knows the problem with the Royals. They are one of the most offensively challenged teams in baseball, and it's that lack of production that keeps weighing them down, dragging them below the .500 mark and preventing them from contending in the American League Central. The Royals are 13th in runs scored in the league, now having scored just 11 more...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
June 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Dayton Moore has no more Excuses

by John Viril— With the Kansas City Royals mired in a 4-13 rut, general manager Dayton Moore has no more excuses left. The Royals are not only failing in Kansas City, but also in the minor leagues. Up and down the organization, Moore’s prized prospects are failing to live up to their promise.  Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas are simply not supplying the kind of offense the team...
Via The Viril View: On the KC Royals
May 24, 2013  |  Discuss

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