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Ned Yost Media Session – Sept. 9, 2015

Kris Medlen makes his fourth start of the season tonight and manager Ned Yost has been satisfied with his performances so far. “It’s been really, really good,” Yost said. He expects Medlen to continue to improve as the regular season comes to a close.

The Royals expect to surpass the franchise record for the highest attendance total in a season.  Manager Yost addressed how important the fans support has been towards the teams overall success since the end of last season.  “Last year I just knew that we needed to get these boys in front of big crowds, so they could become routine for them… and it has,” Yost said.

After the Royals skipper was finished, General Manager Dayton Moore took to the mic and acknowledged the anticipated record breaking attendance total, describing the fans impact towards the team’s success as “crucial and important to connect with the fans.”  During last season’s playoff run, the team was very involved with the fans as players were seen around town interacting with all members of the community.

Royals Magic Number: 13

By Sal DeFeo

Dayton Moore/Ned Yost conference call notes

General Manager Dayton Moore and Manager Ned Yost spoke with the media today regarding Yost’s contract extension for the 2016 season.

Moore mentioned the importance of getting the deal done before Spring Training, noting that both parties were comfortable with the deal.  Moore said that Yost has done a terrific job, noting that he brought hope and optimism when he joined the club in 2010.  He also talked about Yost believing in his coaches, letting them do their work, and that Yost works well with staff throughout the organization.

Yost dialed in for his portion of the call from a deer stand – he’s hunting today on ground owned by good friend and comedian Jeff Foxworthy.  Yost, who is 60, was asked about the year-to-year status of his contract extensions.  He plans to continue managing as long as he enjoys it, and success like the Royals had in 2014 makes that an easy decision.  When asked if he is in offseason mode or season mode, Yost said that he is thinking about lineups, ready to see the players and fans at FanFest, and ready to get Spring Training started.

When asked about the Royals’ offseason, Moore talked about the defense remaining strong with the signing of Alex Rios.  As for other agent additions, he mentioned that the Royals liked the way that Edinson Volquez was trending last year and that designated hitter Kendrys Morales blends in well as a switch hitter.  Much of the success in 2015 is predicated on improvement from returning players, which includes Alex Gordon, Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Lorenzo Cain, Alcides Escobar and Salvador Perez.  Moore expects Omar Infante to return to his 2013 form.  And as for Gordon’s return from offseason surgery, Moore said that the training staff expects him to be ready by Opening Day, though he may not be 100 percent going into Spring Training.

He also noted that the bullpen remained strong and could be even better with Luke Hochevar’s return, a full year of Jason Frasor and a bounce back year from Tim Collins.

Royals announce restructuring of Baseball Operations Department

The Royals and Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations/ General Manager Dayton Moore today announced a restructuring of the Baseball Operations Department.  The redesign of the department starts with the retirement of Dean Taylor from the role of Vice President of Baseball Operations/Assistant General Manager.  Taylor, a veteran of 39 years of Major League service, will continue to serve the Royals as a consultant to baseball operations.

“I can’t thank Dean enough for the contributions he has made to our organization since accepting my invitation to return to Kansas City in 2006,” said Moore.  “His knowledge of the game, its history and the intricacies of the administrative aspects of our sport made him an invaluable part of our success.  I’m thankful he has accepted the role as consultant while also transitioning into retirement.  As for the restructuring, we have promoted several members of our staff and given them more responsibility in their roles of expertise.  I’m confident this group, as well as the others who remain with the department, will continue to work at a high level and make huge contributions to our future success.”

The restructured Baseball Operations Department:
J.J. Picollo – Vice President/Assistant General Manager of Player Personnel
Rene Francisco – Vice President/Assistant General Manager of Major League and International Operations
Scott Sharp – Assistant General Manager/Baseball Operations
Jin Wong – Assistant General Manager/Baseball Administration
Chino Cadahia – Senior Coordinator/Player Development
Kyle Vena – Director Baseball Administration
Ronnie Richardson – Director Minor League Operations
Mike Groopman – Director Baseball Operations/Analytics
John Williams – Director Baseball Analytics/Player Personnel
Daniel Mack – Director Baseball Analytics/Research Science
Chris Getz – Baseball Operations Assistant/Player Development
Phillip Stringer – Baseball Operations Assistant
Nick Relic – Minor League Video Coordinator

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.



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