Sep 27, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Kansas City Royals starting pitcher James Shields (33) and left fielder Alex Gordon (4) celebrate for a play made against shortstop Alexei Ramirez (not pictured) during the sixth inning at U.S Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

Time for David Glass to Step Up

Sep 14, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Ervin Santana (54) walks off the field after being relieved in the seventh inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The Kansas City Royals were determined to contend last season. After talking about ‘The Process’ throughout Dayton Moore’s tenure, it was time to see results. As such, Moore went all in on the 2013 season, perhaps putting his job on the line as he acquired James Shields, Wade Davis and Ervin Santana in an attempt to make a run at the playoffs. In the end, those moves panned out, as the Royals finished above .500 for the first time since 2003, and were only five games out of the Wild Card, close enough to give fans hope for the upcoming season.

Now, the Royals need to build upon that promise. Being close may not be good enough anymore. Yet, the Royals and Moore have several decisions to make and potential holes to fill. Santana and Bruce Chen, you may have been one of the most impressive pitchers on the staff last season, are free agents. Then there are the eleven arbitration eligible players, highlighted by Greg Holland and Eric Hosmer.

Even if everyone is brought back, there are still possible holes to fill. The Royals could use an upgrade in the outfield, and potentially another starting pitcher. As Sam Mellinger stated in his article, it is time for the Royals to spend. It is time for David Glass to open up his wallet, and let Moore get the players needed to put Kansas City back into the playoffs for the first time in a generation.

There are ways the Royals can even increase payroll without dipping into Glass’s bank account. Every team is getting an additional $25Million this season from the new MLB television contract, and the Royals are likely to see an increase in attendance due to their performance this past season. Should they be able to add a couple of free agents, such as a Matt Garza and/or a Carlos Beltran, those attendance numbers may increase even more.

The Royals may be on the verge of putting together something truly special in 2014. As it stands, they may be only a couple of pieces away from making a legitimate push at the playoffs next season. The ball appears to be squarely in David Glass’s court.

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  • jimfetterolf

    Dave, I’m playing hurt today, so will just quote myself on Sam’s article:

    “For our readers, according to Bob Dutton the new media money will be
    about $13m for a total of $25m, so that clarifies things. Jeremy Guthrie
    gets a big raise this year that about eats the savings from Jeff
    Francouer’s contract expiry, and we are all probably aware that Eric
    Hosmer and Greg Holland are in line for substantial raises greater than
    savings from Bruce Chen’s ending. Luke Hochevar will be tendered, so
    that leaves the new media money and the potential $12m for Santana in
    play. The $12m might get a rotation piece and the $13m won’t touch
    Beltran, Choo, or Ellsbury but might get an improvement at 2nd, or it
    might not.

    For those who want to trade for Stanton, that will cost the top five prospects we have, several of which are more
    valuable than Wil Myers.Royals have reached the position that future
    trades need to be high priced veterans for hot prospects, the Tampa Bay

    My view is that the team that finished the year will win
    about 90 games and contend once more ’til the end. One or more of the
    young arms will step up and make Jeremy Guthrie the best #5 starter in
    the league. Beyond that it’s all luck and injuries, but Bonifacio and
    Lough/Maxwell seem to have plugged two holes and if Moose refuses to
    adjust we can always move Gordon back to 3rd and won’t have to lose one
    of the four other outfielders. I doubt Dayton Moore feels any sense of
    desperation at all and I think David Glass will pay what’s needed for
    the right players. But neither will waste the money on another Jose
    Guillen or Mike Jacobs.”

    • Dave Hill

      Hope you’re feeling better soon Jim. I think I recognize you from a couple of other Royals sites as well.

      My contention on the Royals next season is that they find themselves in a position where, with one or two moves, they may be able to make the playoffs. I feel that they are going to try to keep Santana, which is a nice start, but they need another bat in the lineup. With the amount they would get from the revenue sharing increase, that won’t be enough for them to get that bat. Hence, Glass needs to open the wallet and make it happen.

      If they don’t get one of those players that can bring them to that point, then I certainly wouldn’t want them to spend the money just because they feel they need to, unless it happens in the form of extensions to key parts of the roster. They find themselves with a legitimate chance next season, if they can get a couple more pieces. At least, as long as those pieces are not Juan Gonzalez and Benito Santiago.

      • jimfetterolf

        Spot on with the last ‘graph. I think David Glass is in legacy mode, he’s old and he wants a title and he’s much richer than Detroit’s Ilitch, so it can happen with the right signings. Those signings will happen easier coming off an 86 win season than a 72 win season, so the team is at a good place. If we keep Santana and Choo is willing to come to KC, I think Glass makes that happen.

        I look at the team and am comfortable with 85-90 wins this next season, maybe even without Santana. A big bat would be nice if it doesn’t come at the expense of a small glove, but I’ld actually rather sign Santana and another good rotation piece; Garza, Hudson, or Johnson maybe than sign Beltran and ruin the defense that makes our pitchers so good.

        Key to next year is Gordon getting over his concussion and Billy pulling the ball. Escobar needs to go oppo, Cain needs to stay healthy, and Moose needs to accept coaching or start the year in Omaha.

        • Dave Hill

          Escobar also needs to learn to take a walk and that his speed may be his greatest offensive asset. Going the other way more would certainly help, and may even cause the other two to happen, since it may help his pitch selection.

          All in all, it seems we both agree with the path the Royals should take going into next season. Let’s see if they actually do so.

        • KCMOWHOA

          There isn’t an iota of relevance to anything you just said here. Glass doesn’t give a shit about his legacy, if he did he would’ve put together some money years ago. Gordon and Esky are decent to marginal hitters and will never carry the team so I don’t see how that makes much of a difference. Doubt we sign any of those players either. Is your real name Ned Yost?

          • jimfetterolf

            So what’s your real name? Not all of us are nutless posters hiding behind screen names.

          • KCMOWHOA

            Why because I disagree with you? Welcome to the internet old fart.

  • jimfetterolf

    I would add that Moore hardly went “all-in” this year, as reminded by the ratings of the remaining farm system.

    Myers looked like the next Alex without the glove and the K would expose both his defensive liabilities and turn Werner Park homers into lazy fly outs. Odorizzi wouldn’t have started a meaningful game for the Royals, and Monty is probably a bust. Instead we have Lough-Maxwell, Ventura, Duffy, Smith, and Zimmer on a short horizon. Plus James Shields and even Wade Davis if he can fix his well-known mechanical and emotional problem on the mound. I’ld make the trade again today under today’s circumstances.

    Dayton Moore couldn’t get Anibal Sanchez to sign with a 72 win team, so he did the next best thing, which was trade a high prospect in a non-critical position for a front-line starter capable of single-handedly dominating games, something an RF seldom can do. Now, Dayton Moore can try to get FAs to sign with an 86 win team, a much easier job.

    The Process is working nicely and the only way Moore leaves is if some other owner makes him a better offer.


    Santana will leave because someone with money is willing to overspend. That knocks the rotation down a notch, and I expect Guthrie’s numbers to dip slightly in 2014. That coupled with the fact we will be employing one-two unknowns (probably Duffy and Ventura) means that Moore needs to resign Chen and find another middle tier starter with upside. I’d love to have Beltran too, but I just don’t think it’s in the cards (no pun intended). I hate to say it, but I think we’re looking at a team that is marginally worse or the same. Yes, I expect Hosmer and Butler to hit better all season. However, that still just isn’t enough to equal out what’s going to happen to the starting rotation.