In 2016 we learn how much trust the Pirates deserve

For whatever reason, the catch-phrase “Trust the Process” never quite caught on with Neal Huntington’s rebuild of the Pirates in the way that it did in Houston with Jeff Luhnow’s work or in Kansas City with Dayton Moore. For the most part, Pirate fans were skeptical of Huntington right up until the Pirates clinched their first playoff spot in 20+ years in 2013. Since then...
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Royals Working on Deal with Kennedy, Close in on Rounding Out Rotation

  It was tweeted by Jon Heyman earlier today that the Royals are making progress in signing pitching free agent Ian Kennedy. Kennedy would provide the starter that General Manager Dayton Moore has alluded to have been seeking since the end of the postseason. While spending his last 3 seasons with the Padres, he has a 3.97 ERA in 426.2 innings and has struck out 9.2 batters...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

Alex Gordon: Reactions and Analysis

  At last, the Royals finally signed Alex Gordon. Gordon’s deal is for four years, worth $70 million. At the beginning of the offseason, Kansas City Star’s (now in LA)  Andy McCullough said that if Gordon wanted to stick around, he would’ve extended last year. Well, he was wrong, and now, Alex Gordon is well on his way to becoming this generation’s George Brett...
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January 08, 2016  |  Discuss

Alex Gordon’s New Contract Represents His Past, Present and Future with the Kansas City Royals

If the defending World Champion Kansas City Royals already looked strong heading into the upcoming season, then finalizing their new contract with Alex Gordon certainly helps their cause. Gordon agreed to a 4-year, $72 million contract with Kansas City on Tuesday, which also includes a mutual option for the 2020 season. While Gordon’s deal is only the eighth largest among all players...
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January 06, 2016  |  Discuss

Report: Royals might have 'no chance' to re-sign Gordon

The Kansas City Royals are still interested in bringing back free agent left fielder Alex Gordon, but they just might not be able to make it happen.According to a report by Jon Heyman of CBS Sports on Wednesday, the Royals are said to have 'no chance' at keeping Gordon - at least based on their current offer. Heyman quotes Jim Bowden of ESPN as saying that K.C. has offered Gordon...
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December 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Holiday Wish List: Kansas City Royals

Coming off their second straight trip to the World Series and first title in three decades, the Kansas City Royals are the toast of the league. Looking ahead to 2016, though, there are plenty of questions about the roster and their chances of repeating – as well as a few specific things that they might want to check off their to-do list.  Gordon to stayThe Royals have a big hole...
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December 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Royals Waiting May Pay Off

Early on the Dayton Moore tenure, jokes were made about how quickly he would strike once the final out of the World Series was recorded to help to bolster the Kansas City Royals for the next season. The last two years, though, the Royals have been the ones involved in the final out of the […]
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December 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Royals want to retain Gordon, but have options if he walks

The Royals obviously don't want to lose Alex Gordon, but they very well could.  Brad Rempel USA TODAY SportsWill the Kansas City Royals keep left fielder Alex Gordon, or will he depart for a new organization now that he's hit free agency?That's obviously the biggest question surrounding the World Champions at the moment. Gordon, the heart and soul of the Royals for the past few...
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December 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Nice work, Dayton: Royals GM named 'Best Executive'

After a remarkable season in which his club ended an almost 30-year World Series drought, Kansas City Royals GM Dayton Moore picked up some big accolades on Tuesday.Moore was named the Esurance MLB Award for Best Executive, having been selected from a group including Jeff Luhnow of the Houston Astros and now-departed Alex Anthopoulos of the Toronto Blue Jays. Needless to say, Moore...
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December 09, 2015  |  Discuss

GM Moore not in a hurry to address Royals' needs just yet

The Kansas City Royals have enjoyed a peaceful time since wrapping up their impressive World Series title in October, but they have some needs to address ahead of the 2016 season.GM Dayton Moore could look to the free agent market to fill some gaps in left field (should Alex Gordon sign elsewhere) and in the starting rotation, but as he told's Jeffrey Flanagan this week he...
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December 04, 2015  |  Discuss

GM Moore: Royals' starters need to lighten bullpen's load

The Kansas City Royals won the 2015 World Series without a so-called 'elite starting rotation'. Instead, the club relied upon its lights-out bullpen anchored by Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis and a rejuvenated Luke Hochevar after Greg Holland was lost for the season with an injury. Ned Yost's ballclub wound up winning the Series after using journeyman such as Chris Young and Edinson...
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November 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals Offseason Wish List

Well here we are, it’s the offseason. With merely five days elapsed since the Kansas City Royals celebrated their first championship in 30 years, Royals General Manager Dayton Moore is already shifting gears towards building another contending team in 2016. The Royals have already exercised a $5.25MM option on free-swinging shortstop Alcides Escobar and an […]
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November 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Royals GM says Indians pitching staff prepared them to face the Mets

The Kansas City Royals are your 2015 World Series champions. The beat the New York Mets in the Fall Classic, four games to one, in large part because they were able to rough up an excellent New York pitching staff. The Mets finished the regular season with the fourth-best ERA in the majors and racked up 1,337 strikeouts, good for 10th in MLB. The Royals took Games 1 and 2, games...
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November 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Dayton Moore to fans: 'This is all for you'

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November 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Royals offseason preview: World Series winners face free-agent decisions

(We have previewed one team's offseason each day leading up to the start of free agency. Now up: the World Series champion Kansas City Royals).While it took some time and a lot of patience, the Royals have developed a winning formula that works for them. Under GM Dayton Moore, Kansas City was not only able to repeat the success of 2014 with its second consecutive AL Pennant, but...
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November 03, 2015  |  Discuss

The BP Wayback Machine: Dayton Moore`s First Week by Rany Jazayerli

Flashing back to Rany Jazayerli`s assessment of the Kansas City squad that Moore inherited.
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November 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Identifying Potential Strike Zone Disputes

There’s this thing about the World Series: It’s the only baseball left. There are two teams, and they need to finish before the offseason can begin. This is the most meaningful baseball on the calendar. After all, the World Series is the whole point. So you’ve got everyone focused on at least four games — and maybe as many as seven. There are days off in the lead-up,...
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October 27, 2015  |  Discuss

With no general manager yet, could the Phillies be waiting for Royals assistant?

From left to right: Lonnie Goldberg, Ken Munoz, J.J. Picollo and Dayton Moore. — Mason Baseball (@MasonBaseball) January 23, 2015 New Phillies president Andy MacPhail only formally took the reigns of the Phillies last week. But, plenty of decisions have been made, such as the firing of Ruben Amaro,...
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October 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Royals have moved beyond 'happy to be here' perspective on playoffs

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Royals were just happy to be invited to the party last year, ending a 28-year postseason drought before squeaking through a dramatic Wild Card Game against the Athletics. Then they crashed the rest of it by sweeping their way to the World Series. The Royals ultimately lost in seven games to the San Francisco Giants, but that run changed the landscape...
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October 06, 2015  |  Discuss

The Iron Giant: How Chris Young saved the Royals season.

Chris Young was a last minute signing for Dayton Moore.  However, without him, the Royals may not be in the position they are in. I remember watching a game in last June when the Seattle Mariners were in Kansas City playing the Royals.  I remember watching this very tall pitcher for Seattle that couldn’t throw more than 86 mph and was in the strike zone.  Still, the Royals...
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October 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Bashing the Royals — 2005 Style

  Here we go again.   Another September full of meaningless games and Royals losses. Every night they take the field to once again play out the string in games that have no bearing on the division. They sure do play like it too. Bad defense, horrific pitching, anemic offense….just another Royals September.  Usually, the September callups provide some source...
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September 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Royals are Trending Up – Who is Responsible?

    This chart shows the Royals total winning percentage for all games from any date in the last 15 years up to the present. (Using raw data from This chart also shows the approximate dates that some marquee members began appearing regularly for the Royals. DMGM: Dayton Moore takes over as GM. Yost: Edgar takes over as manager. LF Gordo: Alex Gordon takes...
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August 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals trade rumors: are they done?

With the biggest trade of this year’s trade deadline under their belt, a case can be made that the Kansas City Royals are done making moves. The long sought after ace that the Royals were looking to acquire is now here in the form of Johnny Cueto. With the rotation mostly sorted out, is this the team that Dayton Moore will depend on to make it over the hump and bring a championship...
July 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Executive of the Year Candidate: Dayton Moore

Coming off their first postseason appearance in 29 years, people expected the Kansas City Royals to be active spenders over the offseason. For the most part, however, people around the game were underwhelmed with what the defending American League Champions did despite increased revenue received from their thrilling postseason run. While Dayton Moore may not have handed out any contracts...
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July 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Kansas City livin': Royals proving rebuild was no fluke

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- On a crisp, cool night last October, John Schuerholz walked through the gates of Kauffman Stadium. Every seat was full, bunting hung proudly from the railings. There was a buzz. It was all so familiar. "That's what we used to have all the time," he told The Associated Press, reflecting on the Royals' improbable run to the World Series. "To see that back, and the...
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July 15, 2015  |  Discuss
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