Jul 11, 2014|
General Manager of the Kansas City Royals, Dayton Moore, joined Rob Bradford on The Trade Deadline Show to talk about how his team handles the deadline.
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Welcome back to the MLB trade deadline show sponsored by hope knowingly and insurance hub and to have a -- this Kansas City Royals general manager Dayton Moore. Oh was the finest GMs in the in the game I've known for a little bit and up and done a great job with the organization. Lot of challenges in and day in this is a unique time a year now as a first off I wanna go back to last year to about you guys what every time we talk about how unique this time of year is. A lot of people reference you beat Kansas City Royals last year and what you were before the all star game and what you were by the time and on we -- trade deadline. Came about if you take me back what that whole experience -- Well you know last year we we wrestled with a lot of what to do urban air. At the time course we we made it big offseason trade or Jake Shields and in Kuwait -- -- moved. Really count players including you know will wires and energetic arteries these so. You know we felt that we needed to do everything we could. Just report the group player in 2013. So we made its decision not to trade. Ervin Santana. Truthfully I wasn't sure how that was gonna work out -- believe you know in our team and our players that we felt that. Trust to be successful long term with this group we needed you know win that many games as we voted him in thirteen in court. Moving and can't -- the I'm where we're at the village from Billy just so. Looking back it worked out with -- -- an actual run 86 wing not where we want it to be of course but. It was a vast improvement you know or our our recent history so you know we'd -- at that footage in a position to. Compete you know sooner than later fourteen you know we are down this year or are. You know we feel like we we competed from the first day up until now so. We've got work to do going forward in you know we're monitoring ways to help our team. Like every other organization. Those days is really fascinating that you talk to vote this intent gods allow my guess it wasn't time. How difficult was that because -- to a certain degree the Red Sox are going through a little bit of that right now. Of of knowing saying you know why we have to make a move and we still won a contender in May -- there's -- -- around the corner which in your case there was but how difficult is to waive that and when do you really have to make that decision. It as the days get closer to the -- waiver trade deadline. Well you certainly don't wanna make decisions they have to because this game changes meant that the minute that tactic in. You know go back in Iraq many examples of players you're looking to maybe move in at the -- place and somebody gets injured or out in -- -- happened and you know you're you're glad you didn't make the though you never really know as though you're asking -- outlook in the future and it's difficult. To -- upper deck what you know is going to happen at the end of the day just -- together much from you can't. Relied your manager coaching staff. -- give you get a permit them and -- go there feel you know for what's going on in the clubhouse certainly haven't -- -- yourself and you know you're culture are out there were evaluating the other morning nineteen in making recommendations and we just -- too much information as you can and that you make the decision you know when it's appropriate but analysts are really makes. Great great and and feel a little conservative because. Again that the climate in our industry changes. You know minister -- stated day. Did you see that coming the last couple weeks before the non waiver tread a line and it hit and it was or was there anything that is trying to set this. Run that you have in motion. Well you know we felt that you -- -- should start trading up our defense should be in early are starting rotation. I've been. Beyond. Our expectations even with the addition to shield we knew would be better picked in the country that truck -- was good. And you know urged yen continues. Discrete you know recommend you -- a good job or -- There are full and on what triggered the defense and in the pitching with remained strong. The offense should trend up we're the second half -- you know pitching and Wear down a little bit. In the second half as you know and give hitters a little bit advantage all. Jumped a little more Kauffman Stadium in the summer months or you know we're hopeful that we keep you out of that. The shoot strong but I think we were six games under 500. At the all star break perhaps and you know we got a little run right after the court -- In Baltimore and in. One they would want 57. After the break should give -- -- all been. It would cover overall and but again there's no way to predict you know hours that's gonna happen of course. You know that the number one thing ever club I have to do de -- and you know state pretty healthy. Last year and going into the break. You know we were we felt we were rated good place from how important well and other organization here right now but got a lot towel on the aisle and that which you know. In a situation. You know where and when you're trying to make moves scored organ through your team. The target -- the news James Shields and in Ervin Santana and from -- going back a little ways of your quest to find -- top of the rotation guy and he -- he signed dual mash and and he he was atop perceived as a Topper rotation guy but it was so so difficult. Has that turned because -- especially around here the Red -- were look at the the offensive struggles that they have and how do you find that next know the order bad. Has that turned from. The priority has to be going from getting the top of the rotation starter or is it more difficult now to find the middle middle of the order guy. While a great question I think it varies from year to year of course in the I think it's you know the recent quality pitch I think on the market -- certainly. Supplying -- what it is -- there's never enough option. There's no skating the fact that. Are crucial to grow your own towel from the end. And that's one thing church doctrine that terrific job -- -- I want the best system in the game and you know we were all we've been fortunate that to -- and tell. As well but it's you know -- except for only if you have a legit leadoff hitter with -- for older. You're often and always has changed to work and you can plug a lot of the guys. At the other six or six spot again if you have those spot places an order but there's no substitute for good starting pitching starting pitching obviously. Contractual bowl green put the game in rhythm. Allowed her off and you know -- certain had dug out a little quicker than the other guys and again. Which became -- residential I think there's no substitute for. For good starting pitching. As as a GM how difficult was that shields miers and other other pieces involved with the shields Myers. Trade to make because there was order. Agonizing and been in. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- The arrival we managed to. Decisions you'll go over the royals this we needed Alex Gordon Billy Butler -- players and -- there were double and doesn't do our best to sign him long term. We took advantage of you know Gregory yeah are rebounding and haven't and we're hopeful sign him long term would put it at a decent contract. In that position and move him. Trophy is Escobar and Lorenzo -- -- Deleted their role role players after the draft in India everything he could work him well -- -- is an accomplished in you know we had young group in the in the major exit what -- The stock at an art burn Perez came -- -- or on the club Gordon Butler were -- anchor. Productive. Major League player and again we can't use our farm system. Who could add to their current group or not gonna go out -- what negotiations. Free agencies so we use our farm system. Like trading Wellemeyer. It's who really you know high quality picture that help. Being in a position two win and but -- -- that your -- yet -- typical going to do I mean I remember when we traded Adam Wainwright. J. D. Drew we knew we'd have J. D. Drew one year and John are all felt that you know. But the and the additional working straighten. And Adam Wainwright was you know a few years away from impact in our Major League club. Time that we knew Adam -- going to be good players so. Again we have these are our system. In an appropriate manner occur to win the negotiation. -- and James -- Who is available in the living off season. Of 2012. If contract affordable. Nobody could really debate whether they could put on thirteen and certainly you're gonna have to win the right for being shield or how your arm and then. And you know we're fortunate to have enough talent and know that the timing was such that we felt it was important. To start winning games that the Major League level look we we've proved that we could -- made bill. Farm system we have a group we could win a Major League level we still have a group that won it yet so. Until we in the playoff compete the world championship at all what what a World Series you know gobble up. Well you pretty good position right now would be and having him toward the all star break in the last question. We had Allison topless on a week ago and asked him I said how many teams would you identify -- sellers -- and once they could become on one hand and at that time I was a week ago. There was one you -- -- one I can think of well shortly thereafter the cubs make the trade with the with the -- and things -- start to pick up now from your first person perspective. Where do you see the trade market is it really starting is this the time we're really -- heat up roll the after the all star break. Well I think I think you know shortly it's it's after the break -- that deadline because right now. The asking price -- a player that could eventually might be available very and your great Wayne alt or option demeanor. -- look at our our situation right now on the truly the only one that I can comment on because in I don't know what. You know other GM and other organizations earlier are experiencing winter club but I look at our team. You know we've we've we've got pictures you're Detroit starting tonight and it's important we play well they have in the -- They were true game doubtful wildcard. You know financial flexibility is somewhat of an issue for Russia. But you know they are certainly -- trust and grew fourteen million but in the players that you want and need. They're going to be available to -- and you know our look at our club. He we would like you know maybe get a -- and -- do we and then. Certainly cricket at bat that. You know logical to look at the same thing you know that the team that. Would potentially have those players to deal. And asking prices very I would you should be I'd be abandoned that position before you wanna make the best deal on board shall historically they India. You know go to the liar a little bit and summit won't jump up and it is. Aggression -- -- and -- ready to trade or other top prospect. And well again -- that kind of where we are here you can't figure out. Well David thanks so much for dry it's always great to talk review in. This exciting and he's excited having people got excited when you guys got -- -- last year and enable they like. Your team like the way you guys play in the village the fact that you're in this year so graduation so far. No -- probably appreciate having and then all of that estate. -- --