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The Aoki trade: Dayton Moore conference call notes

The Royals and General Manager Dayton Moore held a conference call with reporters Thursday morning following KC’s acquisition of outfielder Norichika Aoki (pronounced: nor-EACH-kah AH-okee) for left-handed pitcher Will Smith.

The first questions revolved around how this trade impacts additional offseason possibilities.  Moore feels that his team is improved, but doesn’t feel that the offseason is complete, saying that the situation is fluid.  The Royals will continue to pursue players through trades and free agency.

Moore noted that Aoki can play all three outfield positions.  The Royals see him as an above-average right fielder who has enough athleticism to play center field.  He runs very good routes in the outfield and is a smart, instinctive player.  Aoki played all three outfield positions in Milwaukee, with most of the work as a right fielder.

Moore said that new third base coach Dale Sveum likes Aoki’s abilities after seeing him play against the Cubs the last two years.  Aoki figures to be KC’s leadoff hitter, which will move Alex Gordon more toward the middle of the lineup.

Smith, 24, spent parts of the last two seasons at the Major League level, making 16 starts in 2012 before moving to a bullpen role midway through 2013.  Smith excelled in the bullpen role, holding batters to a .170 average.  Moore said that all deals come with a cost and you have to give up quality (players) in order to acquire quality.

Dayton Moore and Ned Yost Press Conference Notes

Today the Royals announced they signed their manager, Ned Yost, to a two-year extension.  General Manager Dayton Moore and Yost met with the media for a season recap and to discuss the skipper’s new deal.

Moore was asked about the reasons the Royals chose to bring back Yost as the manager.

“He is a competitor for one. Our relationship is very strong. He is very open, direct and transparent. That is how he leads. He leads that way with our players and with our front office.” Moore went on to say, “We all have different ideas and suggestions. You have to have relationships that work and are trusting. When we convey an idea from the front office to Ned it is always portrayed in the right way. It is not us against them and the continuity we have here in Kansas City is crucial. We have said that from day one.”

The Royals finished the season ten games over .500 at 86-76. The 86 victories were the most since winning 92 games in 1989. There are high hopes that 2014 could be a special year in Kansas City. The GM was asked if the Royals could win next year and what they will do to fill in some holes.

“Absolutely,” said Moore.

“Look at our roster. I believe that all our players that are signed long-term or under team control are going to get better. That is a comforting feeling. Is it just going to happen? No. They are going to have to continue to work hard, apply instructions and make adjustments. They are going to have to continue to commit to becoming great players.” Dayton added that the team would look at different avenues to improve the roster from looking internally, via a trade or attaining a free agent. He also noted that maintaining their strong pitching and defense would be vital to the team’s success.

By Kent Klooster

Draft Press Conference Notes

General Manager Dayton Moore, Assistant GM/Scouting and Player Development J.J. Picollo and Scouting Director Lonnie Goldberg met with the media after tonight’s first-round selection of Hunter Dozier.  They also met the media after KC’s 7-3 win to discuss the selections of left-handed pitchers Sean Manaea and Cody Reed.

Goldberg described th3 6’4”, 220 pound Dozier as big and athletic, the type of player that the scouts look for.  Drafted as a shortstop, Dozier could also play third base or outfield, according to Goldberg.  Dozier is a player with big-time power to all fields and a guy who loves to play.

Dayton Moore also described Dozier as one who “comes to play”, a great person and someone who comes from a great family.  Picollo says that the Royals will likely start Dozier in short-season ball.

KC selected left-handed pitchers Sean Manaea and Cody Reed with the 34th and 46th picks, respectively.
Goldberg says that both have swing-and-miss ability.

Manaea dominated the Cape Cod League last year in a season that Goldberg feels was full of offense.

He sees Reed as a player that jumped on the scene this year and someone who the Royals are catching on the rise.  Picollo sees Reed going to a short-season team.

Moore was asked about pitching deliveries and how it pertains to Manaea, who has had injury issues.  Moore pointed out that deliveries are unique – pointing out that Royals Hall of Famers Kevin Appier, Mark Gubicza and Bret Saberhagen all had deliveries that were not considered normal.  Moore is not in the camp of baseball people who believe that a pitcher has to have a perfect delivery in order to be effective.

Royals Spring Training Report debuts Thursday on FOX Sports Kansas City

Gear up for the season (and warm up) with the Royals Spring Training Report, a 30-minute special, on FOX Sports Kansas City!

The show first airs this Thursday, February 28 at 10 p.m. on FOX Sports Kansas City.

The show includes:

· A one-on-one interview with new Royals ace James Shields

· An interview with GM Dayton Moore on the Royals new acquisitions

· Infielder Elliot Johnson – mic’d up for photo day

· A feature on the battle for the fifth spot in the rotation

If you can’t catch the Royals Spring Training Report on February 28, tune in on:

Friday, March 1 at 5 p.m.

Monday, March 4 at 6:30 p.m.

Monday, March 11 at 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 16 at 11 a.m.

James Shields and Wade Davis introduced in Kansas City

ShieldsDavis1Newly acquired right-handed pitchers James Shields and Wade Davis donned Royals uniforms for the first time today at a morning press conference.  General Manager Dayton Moore and Manager Ned Yost joined the media session.

Yost said that Shields and Davis “have winning flowing in their veins”. He is excited with these additions plus Jeremy Guthrie and Ervin Santana, noting how important it is to have five consistent starters. The aforementioned pitchers currently line up as KC’s first four, with Yost foreseeing a spring battle for the fifth spot.

Shields_jerseyYost saw the 2012 All-Star week as a turning point, noting the big crowds for all of the events that week.  He is excited for the possibility of a similar “phenomenal atmosphere” at Kauffman Stadium in 2013.

Shields echoed Yost’s comments, noting the passion and drive of the fan base. Shields settled in with a number 24 jersey, though he has worn 33 for most of his career.  That number is currently held by Jeremy Guthrie. Lighthearted negotiations for 33 are ongoing, with Shields knowing that he may have to find a pair of shoes (or two) for Guthrie, who likes his sneakers.

Davis_uniformMoore and Yost were asked about the importance of a winning culture, something that is hard to put into numbers. Yost cited his experiences in Atlanta, where the addition of a few key pieces were the difference as the Braves went from worst to first. Moore spoke about Zack Greinke and his return from anxiety issues. Moore believes that the culture – from the front office to the media – helped Greinke get to where he is today.

Speaking of Greinke, Davis was asked about a May, 2010 start in which he tossed 7.0 shutout innings in a 1-0 Rays win over the former KC righty. Davis remembered it fondly and is ready to have more opportunities as he returns to a starting role.

Dayton Moore/Ervin Santana teleconference notes

General Manager Dayton Moore and KC’s baseball operations staff has a clear goal this offseason:  upgrading the starting rotation.  Moore believes that the Royals did just that today by acquiring veteran righty Ervin Santana from the Los Angeles Angels.  Moore sees a high-inning pitcher that was consistent down the stretch in 2012.

Santana is excited to join the Royals – noting the good young talent on offense and defense.  He said that he had some bad luck in 2012, though no physical problems.  He is excited to play at Kauffman Stadium, saying that it is one of his favorite stadiums.  When asked about the possibility of being KC’s number one starter, Santana was confident.  If given the chance, he feels that he can fill the role.  Santana has spent his entire career with the Angels since debuting in 2005.  He will miss his long-time friends with the Angels but is looking forward to meeting all of his new teammates in KC.

Royals acquire pitcher Ervin Santana and cash from Los Angeles Angels for minor league pitcher Brandon Sisk

 The Kansas City Royals announced today that the club has acquired right-handed starting pitcher Ervin Santana and cash from the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for minor league left-handed pitcher Brandon Sisk.

“We’ve stated all along that starting pitching was a priority this off-season and acquiring someone with the resume of Ervin Santana immediately upgrades our rotation,” said Royals GM Dayton Moore.  “At just 29 years old, he has 96 major league wins, is a proven innings eater and most importantly, he competes.  Ervin has been an All-Star, has pitched in the post-season and has at least 16 wins in three different years, all of which adds a winning mindset to our clubhouse.”

The 29-year-old Santana, an American League All-Star in 2008, is 96-80 with a 4.33 ERA in 236 career Major League appearances (233 starts), all coming with the Angels since his debut in 2005.  The 6-foot-2, 185-pound right-hander was 9-13 with a 5.16 ERA in 30 starts in 2012, finishing the season with a 3.63 ERA in his final 10 starts, allowing 45 hits over 62.0 innings with 55 strikeouts against 16 walks.  He authored a one-hit shutout of the Arizona Diamondbacks on June 16 in Anaheim, joining Nolan Ryan and the only two Angels pitchers to have a no-hitter and a one-hitter.

Santana has topped the 200-innings mark in three of the last five seasons, including combining for 629.1 innings since 2010.  He has allowed fewer hits (1,444) than innings pitched (1,475.2) over his career and posted a combined opponent batting average of .240 over the last two seasons.  Santana has a career strikeout-to-walk ratio of 2.46 and has never posted a season below 2.00 in his career.  He tossed a no-hitter on July 27, 2011 at Cleveland, allowing an unearned run in a 3-1 victory and recorded 11 double-digit strikeout games in his career to this point.

Sisk, 27, signed with the Royals as a minor league free agent on July 8, 2008.  The left-handed reliever went 3-2 with eight saves and compiled a 2.54 ERA in 50 outings with Omaha (AAA) in 2012.

 

Photos: Royals Awards Luncheon media session

Today, the Royals recognized honorees for exceptional contributions on and off the field in 2011.  We’ll start with photos of the media session, which took place before the event.

Top to bottom:  General Manager Dayton Moore, Manager Ned Yost, 2011 Les Milgram Player of the Year Alex Gordon, 2011 Bruce Rice Pitcher of the Year Bruce Chen and 2011 Joe Burke Special Achievement Award winner Eric Hosmer

Butler press conference notes


butler-moore_7384.JPGBilly Butler
and Dayton Moore met with reporters on Tuesday to discuss Butler’s new long-term contract.  The 24-year old Butler is proud to wear a Kansas City uniform and excited about the future of the organization.  Butler and his family have always felt welcomed in the city and he looks forward to continuing his relationship with fans and the community.

Billy is looking forward to playing alongside some of the Royals’ highly-heralded prospects.  He’s not making guarantees, but he has high expectations for himself and the team. 

Dayton Moore believes that Butler has separated himself as one of the top young hitters in the game.  Moore cited that Butler broke into the Major Leagues at a young age and was successful in a short time period, which isn’t easy.  He recognizes Butler’s passion and that Butler wants to go from being a good hitter to a great hitter.

Yost Contract and Trade Deadline Press Conference Notes

YostPressConference1.jpgRoyals general manager Dayton Moore and his entire staff have had a busy few weeks, all culminating in a press conference today at Kauffman Stadium at 3:30 p.m.  Moore and surprise attendee Royals manager Ned Yost sat down at the desk in front of local media to talk about a few subjects on today’s agenda. 

The first topic was the announcement that the club and Yost had agreed to a two-year contract, keeping the manager in Kansas City through at least 2012. 

Yost was asked how this situation in Kansas City compared to his time in Milwaukee, when he took over a club coming off a 106-loss season in 2002.  The KC skipper said that while Milwaukee had a lot of very good prospects (Prince Fielder, J.J. Hardy, Rickie Weeks among them), they were at lower levels of the system than the bulk of the top prospects the Royals have currently.  He also mentioned that Milwaukee was unbalanced when it came to prospects, as they loaded up on power hitters and lacked in front-line pitchers.  He sees a great mix of both pitchers (and power pitchers at that) and position prospects on the Royals farm. 

Yost mentioned that he knew during spring training, as he took a look around the Royals’ complex in Surprise, that this is where he wanted to be long term.  He mentioned that building relationships are the key ingredient to building championship ballclubs and putting the pieces together to build a champion is one of the most fun things in life to do.  He plans to accomplish that here in Kansas City and to do it together with the people in the front office he’s built very strong relationships with thus far.

Moore was asked why he thought Yost was the right man to lead this club forward both in the short and long term.  He responded that Yost’s leadership abilities are off the charts and his experience both in Atlanta and Milwaukee building a winner was a very important component.  Moore did admit quite candidly that he had done his due diligence looking around at other managerial candidates, but he believes he found the right guy here.  The communication between Moore and Yost, an extremely key component to building a winner, works very well. 

The second topic was the big trade that sent outfielder Rick Ankiel and pitcher Kyle Farnsworth to the Atlanta Braves for outfielder Gregor Blanco and pitchers Jesse Chavez and Tim Collins.  From all indications, the deal was finalized and approved by the commissioner’s office very close to the 3 p.m. CT deadline.  Both Blanco and Chavez will join the Royals soon while Collins, a fireballing left-handed reliever, will report to Triple-A Omaha.

The 26-year-old Blanco was hitting .310 in limited time with the Braves this season and made his debut in 2008, posting a good rookie campaign with Atlanta in which he finished with a .366 on-base percentage.  Royals GM Dayton Moore compared the speedy outfielder to Mitch Maier, in that he can play all three outfield positions well and can handle the bat.  He likes the fact that the club controls Blanco for four more seasons so the team will have a chance to evaluate him as they move forward. 

Chavez is 26.  He is a right-handed reliever with a very good arm who has been inconsistent for the past three seasons in the big leagues with the Pirates and Braves.  Chavez was traded this offseason for former Rays second baseman Akinori Iwamura and then for All-Star closer Rafael Soriano.  The California native will join the Royals bullpen.

Finally, 20-year-old left-hander Tim Collins has had a whirlwind month of July.  He was first a key part of the July 14 trade that sent shortstop Alex Gonzalez to Atlanta and shortstop Yunel Escobar to Toronto.  Small in stature at 5-foot-7, the southpaw has a well above-average fastball and an overhand curve that he has employed to post a 2.29 ERA and 87 strikeouts in just 51.0 innings at the Double-A level in 2010.  Moore compared Collins to closer Billy Wagner, who currently has 409 saves in the Majors.  The Royals GM told the media that his scouts have indicated to him Collins has a chance to be a contributor in the big league bullpen as early as next season.  

 

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