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The Kansas City Royals today announced they have extended the contract of General Manager Dayton Moore through the 2014 season. Moore has exercised his option for 2011 with the Royals extending the deal to cover the 2012, 2013 and 2014 seasons. Consistent with club policy, terms of the extension were not disclosed.
Around the Horn will be sitting in on a media session with G.M. Dayton Moore today. We’ll bring you a summary of that event.
Next week, you can ask the questions as Moore will participate in a Royals Relay chat next Tuesday, September 8th at 3:00 p.m. CT on royals.com. Be sure to stop by royals.com next Tuesday!http://kansascity.royals.mlb.com/fan_forum/chat.jsp?c_id=kc
The 2009 Draft is in the books, with the Royals selecting 49 players. That doesn’t mean that the Royals are taking any time off. Scouts are headed to Minnesota this weekend to look at players and the Royals will continue to look at international talent. Here are a few notes from both today’s press conference and yesterday’s teleconference.
J.J. Picollo noted that Myers, a third-round selection, played seven positions in high school and that he has expressed a desire to catch. Picollo says that the Royals will start him as a catcher.
Kansas City selected 27 college players this year, plus Aaron Crow, who was listed as unaffiliated. That’s up from 23 college players last year. The Royals had just two high school picks among their first 11 selections this year. Last season, Johnny Giavotella was the only four-year college player in the first 10 rounds. Moore said that he likes a blend of high school and college pitchers. Some of the college pitchers from this year’s draft will be relievers. He hopes that they can reach the Majors at the same time.
Strategy and budget
Moore noted that Picollo used a strategy in which he chose three to four players with top round talent. He also said the Royals must strive to use every penny of their scouting budget wisely. Many of the players chosen in the final ten rounds are summer follow selections who have several college options. Moore is hopeful that the Royals can budget their dollars in a way that will allow them to sign a few of the summer follow picks.
The Royals made several picks with local ties, starting with Aaron Crow, their first-round selection. Moore noted that it is important to “scout your own backyard aggressively.” He also said that the Royals employed “good old-fashioned scouting.”
The Royals selected a pair of local prep pitchers today. Michael Morin of Shawnee Mission South was selected in the 40th round and Jeffrey Soptic from Shawnee Mission East was nabbed in the 43rd round. ATH just spoke with the local high school baseball fanatic in the Royals front office, Sr. Director of Corporate Sales, Mitch Wheeler. His son Seth has caught Morin since they were nine years old. Mitch says that Morin and Soptic faced off twice this season, including once in the Frank White Classic right here at Kauffman Stadium! What an exciting moment for these two players to be selected by their hometown team!
The Royals landed a highly touted prospect in the first round today, and the pitcher was in their own backyard. University of Missouri product Aaron Crow, who went to Washburn Rural High School in Topeka, was the 12th overall pick. Crow went 13-0 with Mizzou as a junior in 2008 to earn Big 12 Pitcher of the Year honors. He was selected by Washington last year, but did not sign. Crow has pitched for the Fort Worth Cats in the independent American Assocation in 2008 and 2009.
Royals team photographer Chris Vleisides was in the “war room” during today’s first round. Here are some exclusive pictures.
First, we see General Manager Dayton Moore as he talks with Midwest Regional Supervisor John Flannery.
Championship rings were presented this morning to the 2008 Midwest League champion Burlington Bees. After a 30-39 start to the season, the Bees made a second half surge, going 43-26. Burlington went a perfect 6-0 in the playoffs to earn the league championship.
Here’s Royals Hall of Famers John Mayberry, Dennis Leonard, and Willie Wilson. They’ve been at camp this week working with the minor league squads. Special thanks go to Mayberry, Leonard, and Wilson for passing their knowledge on to the next generation of Royals!
You love to watch your favorite Royals hit the ball out of the park…now see if they can keep another white ball in bounds! The second annual Kansas City Royals Celebrity Golf Tournament presented by Sprint is set for Monday, May 18.
The popular tournament will match current players and alumni with participants in an 18-hole golf tournament. All proceeds will again benefit the Special Olympics of Greater Kansas City Metro. To register, please visit:
Pictures: Above – Billy Butler tees off; below left – Gil Meche takes a picture with a new fan; below right – a few golfers talk baseball with General Manager Dayton Moore
Today the Royals signed ace right-hander Zack Greinke to a four-year contract through the 2012 season. Zack had a breakout season in 2008, finishing 13-10 with a 3.47 ERA and a career-high 183 strikeouts. His ERA was the lowest by a qualifying Royals pitcher since Kevin Appier posted a 3.40 ERA in 1997.
In an afternoon press conference, Zack described the contract as a ‘huge relief’ and said that he is very happy to be in K.C. for the long term. He’s pleased to have the contract talks out of the way for this season and several seasons to come. He also mentioned that he wouldn’t have agreed to this deal if he hadn’t seen a huge improvement in the direction of the team the past few seasons. Royals fans, it’s OK to be very excited by the direction this entire organization is headed.
General Manager Dayton Moore talked about what a great day this was for the Royals. He mentioned that his staff worked hard to get a deal in place and how the Royals have signed two of the best young pitchers in the game in Greinke and Joakim Soria to long term deals.
Check back later for a recap of a special event involving Royals outfielder David DeJesus.
9,500 fans flocked to the Overland Park Convention Center for the 2009 Royals FanFest. The main stage was home to a variety of question and answer sessions. Let’s take a look at a few of the highlights:
General Manager Dayton Moore explains his thoughts on the 2009 Royals to Ryan Lefebvre and Tim Scott. At right, Ryan interviews the newest Royals. (Left to right – Kyle Farnsworth, Mike Jacobs, Coco Crisp, Willie Bloomquist)
The broadcasters held court on Saturday for some unscripted banter. Mike Swanson, VP of Communications and Broadcasting for the Royals, chats with Denny Matthews as Ryan Lefebvre, Steve Stewart, and Joel Goldberg look on.
One of Sunday’s most popular events was the Kids Only Press Conference. David DeJesus, Alex Gordon, and Willie Bloomquist took some tough questions from the youngsters in the crowd.
Fans at the main stage took home some new Royals gear as members of the K Crew tossed items to the crowd before and after each event.
General Manager Dayton Moore will participate in a Royals Relay chat at 3 p.m. CT, today, Dec. 2. Moore has already engineered two major trades this offseason, and with the Winter Meetings starting next Monday in Las Vegas, the hot stove could continue to simmer. Have your questions ready!
On Friday, front office associates joined Royals Hall of Fame second baseman Frank White, outfielder David DeJesus, GM Dayton Moore and Senior Vice President-Business Operations Kevin Uhlich to serve a Thanksgiving feast at City Union Mission’s two area facilities. This is the third straight year that the Royals have partnered with the mission.
Founded in 1924, City Union Mission has provided warm beds, nutritious food and a safe place for thousands of poverty stricken and homeless men, women and children in the Kansas City area. The facilities rely solely on support from individuals, churches, foundations, organizations and businesses. For more information on how you can become involved with City Union Mission, visit http://www.cumission.org/.
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!