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 Willing to Add Payroll for a Playoff Push


For years, David Glass has been criticized as a tightwad. His general stinginess had earned the admiration of misers everywhere. In fact, one could almost imagine Glass shedding a tear if he had to part with so much as a nickel from his personal account. However, based over the last few years, that reputation may need to be changed. The Royals payroll, which was just over $36 Million in 2011, has increased to over $92 Million this season.

While the focus during the offseason involved the money that Glass did not spend, specifically to retain Ervin Santana, it is not as if the wallet was welded shut. The Royals brought in Jason Vargas on a four year deal to replace Santana. Omar Infante was signed to solidify second base, which had been a black hole over the past few years. While neither player may have been considered a top tier free agent, both players filled holes in the lineup and in the rotation.

Now, with the Royals harboring legitimate playoff aspirations and in the midst of an impressive through June, the Royals may find themselves in the market for further upgrades as they seek to end their 29 year playoff drought. Naturally, to do so, the Royals will need to add more payroll, something that was not always a given in the past. Yet, things seem to have changed with David Glass and the Royals, as Dayton Moore has indicated that Glass has given the green light to add more payroll.

The bottom line is still important to Glass, as Moore specifically stated that the Royals were not going to lose money. However, if the Royals could acquire an impact bat for the middle of the lineup, or potentially some relief help to solidify the middle of the bullpen, Dayton Moore has the green light to bring in the right players. Unlike 2003, when Curt Leskanic was the big trade deadline acquisition, the Royals may make an impact move.

“There’s a directive from Mr. Glass to make sure we’re doing everything we can each day to find ways to improve our team,” he said. “So that’s what we’ll continue to strive to do.”
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David Glass has been the target of a lot of criticism for his tenure as the Royals owner. A once proud franchise had gone from a model baseball operation to a laughingstock within the game. And yet, Glass can no longer be viewed by the past. He appears willing to do whatever is needed to make sure that the Royals remain competitive and take advantage of the opportunity presented to them. For as much criticism as he received previously, Glass deserves praise for his willingness to increase the payroll over the past few years. If the Royals add an impact player at the deadline, Glass will be a major part of why.

Of course, it is one thing to promise to increase payroll but another to actually do so. Should the Royals remain in playoff contention at the deadline and the type of impact player that the Royals could use comes available, then Glass will have the chance to literally put his money where his mouth is. Yet, after years of austerity, just hearing the possibility that payroll could increase if needed is a positive sign.

The Royals look like a playoff contender. If Dayton Moore feels a player is needed, David Glass appears willing to let him get that piece. It is a welcome change.

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  • jimfetterolf

    Glass has spent the money since it looked like it would do some good and the last two years has made the people who claimed he was cheap look foolish by blowing through payroll caps, so that’s been a non-issue for a few years now. What the issue is is what improvements can be made at the deadline without trading Zimmer or Mondezi? What is the need at the moment? Who do you want and who will you trade for them? Will you give Ventura and Zimmer for the Cubs’ Shark? Mondezi and Almonte for Hammels? Royals have few needs and no need to gut the future for a possible minimal improvement now.

    • Ryan Caltrider

      I can’t believe it would even be a thought to give Ventura AND Zimmer for Samardzija. I wouldn’t give up Ventura for him straight up, let alone throw in another top prospect!

      • jimfetterolf

        Cubs won’t let him go cheap, they expect a Shields/Greinke-type return. A lot of close races with high dollar disappointing teams needing to make a major splash and Cubs want foundation pieces for a long run. Not like we have a lot of prospects in the minors at the moment. Dozier, Mondezi, Almonte, maybe Zimmer, who is damaged. Cubs might take Duffy and Dozier for Shark. I would, since their window won’t be for a few more years and next year doesn’t matter much.

        • Ryan Caltrider

          I wouldn’t make any of those deals. Let someone else overpay for 1 1/2 years of him.

          • jimfetterolf

            Agree. I’m good with the team we have.

      • cardsfanatik

        It doesn’t matter, we don’t NEED another starter anyway, so that trade proposal makes ZERO sense. We do need a bat in the middle of the order, that is going to hit for more pop, on a more consistent basis than BB right now though. Be thinking more along the lines of Nelson Cruz (if Baltimore will part with him), maybe a Charlie Blackmon, Evan Gattis would be on my wish list. Sacrifices defense for pop, but for God’s sake, what have we been doing with Butler for the last few years, and he doesn’t have the same pop. A starting pitcher would be nice, but I don’t think thats what this team NEEDS. They have survived all year long, and are only in first right now, BECAUSE of the pitching we currently have. I would be looking for a guy that can keep the pressure on the other guys pitchers, not trying to replace ours.

        • Ryan Caltrider

          I think another good starting pitcher would be a good thing to add. I just wouldn’t go after the top arms like Samardzija or Price that are going to cost way too much. I would go after someone like Jason Hammel. If the current starting 5 stay healthy then you don’t need another necessarily. But odds are the 5 won’t stay healthy all year and Duffy and Ventura might need to skip a start here or there to keep their innings down. The Royals have a solid starting 5 but no depth in their starting pitching (see Aaron Brooks).

          But a bat with some pop in the middle of the lineup would also be nice. But that’s not going to be easy to find without giving up a lot. They already have a pretty decent bat with some pop playing in Omaha (Maxwell). And when Valencia gets back, you could go back to the platoon at third base.

          I would stand pat right now with the position players unless a deal blows you away, an injury happens, or someone completely goes in the tank (like Moose tends to do). In a month you will know better where you stand and what needs to be done and then you do something if needed. I would be looking for another starting pitcher whenever you can get one and for the right price.

        • jimfetterolf

          Last time I looked at Cruz’ spray charts he would have maybe four homers at the K. Dyson/Aoki works in right, Valencia will be back and that platoon doesn’t lose enough to justify the cost of a trade. Not like the Royals are starting Dane Iorg and Daryl Motley or something.

          • Ryan Caltrider

            I definitely don’t want Cruz. He is a liability in the field and I don’t think he will sustain his current hitting prowess. I am intrigued by the possibility of adding Ben Zobrist though. He can play pretty much anywhere, has some pop, gets on base, and can steal a base or two. I guess it depends on what they’d have to give up for him (probably too much).

          • jimfetterolf

            From what I’m hearing, the Rays think they can win next year with good health, so are unlikely to just dump useful pieces beyond David Price, and he’s a Greinke-haul. I like Zobrist, but don’t think he’ll be enough of an upgrade to justify the cost. One of the MLBTR sources says that Royals are talking about RF and relievers with other teams.

          • Ryan Caltrider

            Well, Zobrist can play RF as one of his many positions. He gives a lot of flexibility and upgrades the roster this year and next significantly. But I agree that they will probably be looking for a good haul for Zobrist, so it will likely cost more than I’d be willing to give for him.

            As for relievers, I’d guess they are looking for a proven LOOGY and/or another proven reliable reliever in general. As good as the bullpen has been, I really don’t have much confidence in anybody after Davis, Holland, and maybe Herrera. Crow is serviceable at the end of a bullpen. Collins is a mess.

          • jimfetterolf

            Agree on relievers, but checked stats on Zobrist and Dyson/Aoki is better and cheaper. Zobrist is sitting .251/.324/.377. The D/A platoon beats that handily. Zobrist is a better defender than Aoki, much worse than Dyson. This year he’s not hitting righties well, so would probably just replace Aoki in the platoon. He’s got great versatility and if he could be gotten extremely cheap and if Aoki could be traded there would be some value, but not an upgrade at the moment.

          • cardsfanatik

            Your statement still doesn’t fix what the Royal’s need, and believe you me, they aren’t fixed this year. They still need an offensive upgrade, and your love of the Dyson/Aoki platoon is overrated. Neither one of them are great at anything. Dyson is fast, which makes up for is poor jumps and reads on balls, Aoki has much better potential than Dyson, but hasn’t lived up to it. And neither one is a threat in the line up. Dyson’s only threat is when he’s on first base. The Royal’s NEED a RF’er with some power, period. The defense they have gotten from RF was far from what they had hoped when they acquired Aoki anyway, make a trade for a guy that isn’t a defensive wiz, for one that can hit the ball a long way. If you don’t like Cruz, fine, I was just thinking of a guy that can hit the ball a long way, that isn’t going to cost a metric shit ton. I would honestly rather have a guy like Blackmon or Gattis anyway. Hell, I would rather them trade a few unproven’s for a guy like CarGo, but I doubt Glass wants to tread into those waters.

          • jimfetterolf

            RF isn’t much of a problem if any and the team looks fine to me. In the off season they can look for a replacement for the departed Aoki, who I don’t think they’ll re-sign.

            As for Aoki’s defense, I loudly opposed the trade at the time because Aoki was an average RF in a bandbox, which would make him bad at the K. I was right. But with the platoon it’s hardly a disaster, as a quick visit to “splits” for Dyson and Aoki would show.

          • cardsfanatik

            RF isn’t a problem, but its not a strength either, you could say that noone on the team is a “problem”. But if this team wants to see October for the first time in 30 years, they need to add something to this line up. They can’t afford another month of stellar pitching but an offense that can’t hit the damn ball over 50 feet. Adding someone at the deadline that replaces Aoki, puts Dyson back into his 4th OF’er role, and can hit 20-30 HR’s goes a long way to making this team the top in the Central.

          • jimfetterolf

            Did you miss the last few weeks? Hitters jumping balls up, getting out front, driving mistakes, crushing cookies? And a few of those at the K? The adjustment the hitters needed to make has been kicked around since long before Sveum came in and it’s working. Last two games the opposing pitcher executed his game plan, just as ours did. They can’t do that every pitch.

          • cardsfanatik

            No, I haven’t missed the last few weeks, however, I’m not convinced that this team is “fixed” either. If you check projections, the Royal’s (right now) have a 50/50 chance at the post season, and a 29% chance to take the central. IF they want to win the division, and IF they want to get to the post season, they CAN’T have 5 regulars playing at or below replacement level. They NEED an offensive upgrade……..Pick whomever you like, whether that be Alex Rios, who might be had, Chase Headley for 3rd, Aaron Hill, I don’t care who you like, or who you pick, the point is, they are going to need a shot in the arm to get to October. Not only does a roster move like this help the club on the field, but it adds life to a clubhouse and a fan base, by showing that ownership is serious about its commitment to winning. Maybe you could talk Philly out of Dominic Brown?

          • jimfetterolf

            This is where we differ, you check projections, I look at the approach and swings.

            As for regulars playing below replacement, history means little in the present. And I did read the article you’re channeling. I disagree with it.

            As for Domonic Brown, I’m sure the Phils would let him go, .223/.272/.332. With bad defense.

          • Dave Hill

            Feel free to enjoy tomorrow’s article, scheduled for 12:00, that was written before seeing the Domonic Brown comments. :)

          • cardsfanatik

            Okay buddy!! I can’t wait. I’m actually excited about Royal’s baseball for the first time in a long time, however, if they don’t add to what they have, I feel that it won’t matter. Even with the winning streak, I don’t see playoffs on the horizon without an addition on offense. The Tiger’s have been scuffling, but Verlander won’t continue to suck all year, and their offense is still explosive.

          • cardsfanatik

            And a TON of upside, that could very well just use a change of scenery, Maybe send them Moustakas for Brown, then turn around and trade for Headley or Hill, I would be all for that.

          • jimfetterolf

            San Diego might trade Headley, .204/.288/.340 at a cost of $10.525m and 30 years old, on the decay side of the curve. He’s had one nice year out of seven and is a free agent after this year. Yeah, San Diego would take Moustakas for him.

            Domonic Brown reminds me more of Justin Maxwell than anyone.

          • Ryan Caltrider

            Yeah, I’d rather promote Maxwell than trade away anything of value for Brown.

          • cardsfanatik

            Well, I didn’t say Moustakas for Headley now did I? And Dominic Brown is twice the player that Maxwell is. If Maxwell was all that, why in the hell would Houston just let him walk? I’m not sure you actually WATCH baseball. Moustakas has had more than enough time to flounder away in Kansas City. Time to jettison his ass somewhere else. Maxwell isn’t an every day OF’er, or he would be one. Dominic probably needs out of Philly. There have been players that for whatever reason, didn’t perform in Philly.. It could have to do with not having the protection he’s used to having in the line up also, If you don’t have anyone that can hit around you, you get shitty pitches, and being a young hitter, he’s wanting to replicate last year, and swinging at crap. Now if you put him around Hosmer, Butler, Gordon, Perez, he has some protection, therefore will see more hittable pitches. Just the change in crowds could do a ton. You ever been to Philly? City of brotherly love my ass. And I also said we could trade for Hill also, who up to this point, I may rather have than Headley anyway. It doesn’t matter. If you believe that THIS team is going to October, you’ve been drinking with Dayton and Glass to much. Dayton knows he needs to make a move, as does Glass, or the statement about adding payroll wouldn’t have even been made. ALL of the baseball EXPERTS know that a move needs to be made. So not sure why your arguing to the contrary.

          • jimfetterolf

            Not sure Szymborsky is “all the baseball experts” or even one of them. Is he one of the experts that predicted the Royals at 72 wins last year? Is he even aware of the Dyson/Aoki platoon?

            Moves are possible, you just haven’t suggested any good ones. Figured you’ld like Maxwell because he’s about a .225 hitter also, like Brown and Headley. If you think of someone with some value that can be had for 3rd and paid for reasonably, I’m sure Dayton Moore will take a look at him. If you think value needs to be traded for an RF, no one serious will pay any attention to you.

          • Ryan Caltrider

            I agree that one good bat in RF or at third would boost this offense and this team. Dominic Brown? No thanks, unless they can ship us 2013 Dominic Brown.

    • Dave Hill

      I think a player like Domonic Brown is more of a possibility on offense. On the pitching side, I would expect a reliever instead of a starter.

      • jimfetterolf

        Brown looks a lot like Justin Maxwell. With our OF of Gordon, Cain, and Dyson/Aoki we have one of the better ones in the game. It makes no sense to trade value for bad defense and an extra homer every couple of weeks, assuming that could be generated at the K. Brown has had one good year out of five.

  • unclejesse40

    The phone call I would make would be to Toronto to see if they have any interest in trading Rasmus. An outfield of Gordon, Rasmus, and Cain would look pretty good to me.

    • cardsfanatik

      I wouldn’t make that phone call. Rasmus strikes out too much, can’t take a walk, and won’t hit for the same power at the K. He also goes to his dad for hitting instruction rather than his coaches. Pretty good defender, he’s making 8 million, and won’t sign long term is K.C. I like your thinking, look for a guy with a little pop, but I would rather sacrifice a little defense, for a little more power. In steps Evan Gattis, and he’s making around 600k this year. Granted, Atlanta might want a little more, but maybe not. He can play OF or catch, although his defense IS suspect, he is a legitimate power threat. You could call Colorado and see if they are ready to turn loose of CarGo. More money, and he also won’t have the same pop at the K. Another player having a good year in Colorado is Charlie Blackmon. Marlon Byrd is once again having a pretty good year in N.Y. He could probably be had, he would be more of a doubles guy at the K, but your not going to get a “true” masher without giving up half your farm. Baltimore might want to cash in on Nelson Cruz?. Again, less D, but more pop, but he might not cost half your farm either. If you want to know the true FIRST call I would make if I were Dayton Moore……It would be to Florida. I would say, “How much of my farm is it going to take to get Stanton?” However, Miami is looking pretty good this year, so that might be a mute point also, they are only one game out right now, but a bad run might make them at least open to listening.
      I guess my point is, I watched Colby pout and mope around with the Cardinal’s, and its not what I want to watch in K.C. Would I NEVER take him, no, but he would be one of my last choices, and I wouldn’t give up a ton of the farm to get him. He’s just not that much of an upgrade. And there are a few other options.

      • unclejesse40

        So what you are saying is that Rasmus would fit right in with this team minus the attitude, decent power but not great, solid defense, afraid to take a walk, with a low batting average.