Dayton Moore and Ned Yost media sessions: July 31, 2014
“Nothing really presented itself that we felt would work at the end of the day,” said Kansas City Royals General Manager Dayton Moore as he met with the media, roughly an hour after the non-waiver trade deadline had passed. While the Royals did not make a move, both Moore and manager Ned Yost stressed the work that went into trying to improve the team. Moore said he and his staff were as aggressive as they could be but there were not any players that fit that would be upgrades over what the Royals already have.
“It’s important that our current group of players produce and we believe they will,” Moore said. “We have not played our best baseball yet, collectively. That’s what we have to count on.”
With big name players like David Price, Jon Lester, and Yoenis Cespedes, among others that were moved, Moore said he could sense what it would take to upgrade his team. He said it became apparent two weeks ago that teams were looking to get big league players in return.
Yost and Moore both said they believe in this team. While Moore acknowledged it’s more difficult to acquire players in August, it can be done, and he will continue to pursue avenues that help the team get better. Even without a move, Yost likes where the team is at.
“[My confidence] hasn’t changed since the first day of Spring Training,” Yost said. “I felt good about this group from the first day on and I feel good about them now.”
By Nate Rowan