Jul 20, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals general manager Dayton Moore (left) and owner David Glass watch the Detroit Tigers during batting practice before the game at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

David Glass is Stepping Up for the Royals


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

In Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” Scrooge was visited by the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. Seeing the way his life has been and how he will be remembered after death, Scrooge renounced his miserly ways, spending his riches for the betterment of others. While the book ends at that point, it is assumed that Scrooge goes on to lead a more fulfilled life, focusing on things other than accumulating wealth.

In Kansas City, the Royals have had their own version of Scrooge controlling the payroll. Despite sitting upon the riches of Croesus, David Glass has tended to keep such a tight rein upon the checkbook that old Scrooge would have felt as though they were brothers. His lack of willingness to do anything more than turn a profit on the Royals may be the biggest reason why the Royals are a ‘small market’ franchise. Thought to have a net worth of approximately $1.8 Billion dollars, Glass could have easily built a team that was in contention every year. Alas, winning was not nearly as much of a draw as increasing profits. This love of the bottom dollar had made him become reviled by many Royals fans.

However, things have changed. Despite claims that the Royals were against their payroll limit, they have continued to add pieces. Jason Vargas and Omar Infante were signed to contracts that not only appear to be solid value, but both players fill needs as the Royals look to compete. They even were in bidding wars with the New York Yankees, going toe to toe with them for the services of Infante and Carlos Beltran. Billy Butler has not been traded, despite his salary, because it makes more sense to keep him on the roster to provide another excellent bat in the lineup. Even with these moves, the Royals still may not be done, as they have their eyes on finding ways to improve their rotation.

In the first post I wrote for the site, I wrote that it was time for David Glass to step up and open his checkbook. Surprisingly, he has done just that this offseason. Perhaps, as Jim Fetterolf opined in the comments, Glass is in legacy mode and wants that title now. It certainly seems that way, with the front office seemingly having the freedom to make such baseball moves as necessary to improve the roster. Or, in a situation parallel to Scrooge, perhaps Glass was forced to see the light. Instead of Marley and those ghosts of Christmas, perhaps Glass was visited by Ewing Kauffman and the ghosts of Royals Past, Present and Future.

Right now, David Glass is willing to spend money, and the Royals appear to be able to contend next season. If they can get a true second starter, then it would really be a Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good 2014.

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  • LGB

    All I want for Christmas is a number 2 starter Mr. Glass. Then the team will be sitting pretty. I love the off season moves!


    They have a second starter, but Santana won’t come cheap.

  • KingofKauff

    Dayton deserves credit. He’s his following through on his word. Now is the royals calculated time.

    • Dave Hill

      That is definitely true. It is also great to see that he’s being given the money to make the moves he needs to. Both Moore and Glass deserve credit to me.

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  • unclejesse40

    If I had to guess I would say that the Royals are done making big money moves, but what you might see now is a reclamation project pitcher on a low one year salary, crossing my fingers for Johan Santana. But I would not be surprised if the rotation stands pat and we start the year with Shields, Guthrie, Vargas, Duffy, and wait for it… Hoch as the number 5. Put down the stones and think about it for a sec. I know we are in win now mode but Ventura could still start in AAA to get the extra year of service while Hoch takes the 5th spot. If it works then you have a decent 5 or you have great trade bait. After the dominate pen year he had last year and a decent half season as a starter this coming year I could totally see a team giving you something, thinking that he has finally arrived as the number one pitcher he should have been. For some reason I think Hoch was more of a product of to much team pressure and he went to the mound every time thinking he had to pitch 9 scoreless innings. I would love to see what he does with the pressure of a number 5 starter. if he stinks nothing lost and Ventura comes up and takes his spot. I would rather have hoch stink it up in the 5 spot then to have Ventura come up before he is ready and tank.

    • jimfetterolf

      Good analysis. Hoch is maddening but he also is capable of dominating a start, as is Davis. Then they can go back to the ‘pen when Ventura comes back up. Hoch and Davis are both capable of anything from three innings of middle-relief to closing out of the ‘pen and neither would be stretched giving you five innings in a spot start. And both are in the mix for #5 starter while Ventura’s time is gamed. Royals don’t need another #4-5 starter, they have that covered with Guthrie and Vargas. Just a matter of one of the high 90s arms grabbing the open slots.

  • hemroid

    I believe the Royals can stand “pat” at least for the moment. I hope that they don’t really screw up Hochehaver by putting him back in the starting rotation again. I was surprised and pleased that Luke did so well in his new role for the Royals. I would think the Royals would feel the same way. Luke admitted in a couple interviews, he pitched differently with a different mindset as a reliever. His pitching and mindset were great assets, why mess with them? Why not just go ahead and give the ball to the Duffy and Ventura and IF they can’t hack it, make the necessary adjustments? Mr. Glass has definitely not forgotten the fans so far. He has put up the pocketbook even beyond his original limits. I think most of the Royal nation has to be pleased with the change of attitude.