Aug 13, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals general manager Dayton Moore watches batting practice before the game against the Miami Marlins at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Dayton Moore Hoping for Impact Bat at Winter Meetings

April 08, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals general manager Dayton Moore (left) looks with Royals consultant Art Stewart (right) before a game against the Minnesota Twins at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

With the Winter Meetings upcoming, it is an exciting time around baseball. Moves can happen in rapid fire succession, with rumors flying about seemingly every minute. The only thing that is certain is that nothing really is. That is what makes this time of year so wonderful.

However, there is seemingly one thing that is known – that Dayton Moore and the Royals do not consider their offseason to be complete. The Royals are still seeking an impact bat for the middle of their lineup, and are hoping to leave the Winter Meetings with one in tow. Yet, would that be possible with the team seemingly being against their payroll limit? Turns out that it may be, as the Glass family has indicated that they may be willing to spend for the right player or players.

But who are the right players? As much as Shin-Soo Choo would be great to see in the blue and white, there is seemingly no way that ownership would be willing to spend over $20 Million a year on a player. Does Omar Infante or Michael Young qualify as an impact bat, even if they would seemingly fill a need at second base?

Chances are, any impact bat that could be coming back with Dayton Moore and the Royals front office would have to be acquired in trade. The Royals seemingly have a surplus of fourth outfielders and relievers, yet is that going to be enough to get back the type of player that they seek? Unless it ends up where a team is just looking to get rid of a salary and are willing to pick up a part of that, such as the Dodgers may be willing to do with Andre Either, it seems unlikely that those pieces would be enough.

Yet, stranger things have happened. Moore has been on a role lately with trades and free agent signings, so it may be that he has a few more tricks up his sleeve. Maybe, just maybe, that could lead to the elusive impact bat that the Royals have been looking for this offseason.

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  • jimfetterolf

    Royals best bet for an impact bat would be for Billy and Alex to regain form and Moose to take a step to respectability. Had a lot of underachievers last year. I’ld trade excess talent for prospects at this point, we always need low minors pitchers and could really use a prospect OF and 2B at Springdale. Then we take our chances with the guys we have.

    • cardsfanatik

      At this point with what’s left on the market, and what teams are asking for in trades, I’m inclined to agree with you Jim. I still would like to see a Corey Hart signing. I think he won’t have trouble coming back to what he was before last year. Milwaukee is prioritizing him though, so DM would need to step up. But I think he could play a very serviceable RF. He’s not going to win the Gold Glove, but he’s not Nelson Cruz either. And he would add 25-30 HR power to your line-up. And keep Butler. Or trade a few pitchers NOT named Duffy, Zimmer, Ventura for Kendrick, and keep Butler. I think its going to do no good to trade for Kendrick, or sign Infante, if it costs you Butler. This is the year to make a statement to your fans and baseball alike.

      • unclejesse40

        I wonder if Hart would be a good fit in KC now that we have OF depth that could spell him so that his knees might actually hold up. That was the talk early this offseason but maybe he could hold up if you didnt have to play him everyday.

        • Dave Hill

          But where would Hart play? He’s blocked in right, first and DH. Unless the Royals make a trade somewhere, Hart just does not fit on this roster.

          • unclejesse40

            I agree that it would be hard to find a spot for him which means he will probably go somewhere else and play more often, but I think you could get creative with a lineup and spell both Cain and Hart so that they both make it a whole season. I would like the bat but the cost and the depth we already have makes it not as important to me.