Dayton Moore reacts to Coco Crisp trade

General Manager Dayton Moore spoke with local media members about the Coco Crisp-Ramon Ramirez trade during an afternoon press conference. Here are some of the highlights:

According to Moore, Crisp was the best available player to meet the Royals need for a center fielder. He sees Crisp as an impact player for the top of the lineup and a player who will raise expectations in the locker room.

Moore believes the acquisition will help the club move toward a set lineup. However, he doesn’t see a set lineup as a must-have for a championship-caliber club.  He pointed out that the World Series champion Phillies had offensive holes in their every day lineup.

Moore feels that the trade is a good baseball deal but did acknowledge that it would be difficult to replace Ramirez and Leo Nunez, who was traded to Florida last month for Mike Jacobs. Ramirez and Nunez both offered high levels of performance at reasonable salaries.

The fortification of the bullpen is Moore’s next priority. It won’t be easy, but Moore did point out that the bullpen wasn’t set in stone at this point last season. The team signed Ron Mahay in December, Nunez exceeded expectations, and Ramirez, a member of the Rockies until the end of spring training, was not on the team’s radar at this time last year.

The Royals have now had two major trades in the early weeks of the offseason. Are their more deals or free agents to be acquired? Media outlets have floated rumors in recent days, which Moore calls “very imaginative”. He did say that the club has “flexibility” and that he looks at how many productive years a player has remaining more than his cost when deciding on free agents and trade possibilities. Stay tuned!

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