It has been an interesting offseason for Dayton Moore and the Kansas City Royals. Fresh off their World Series appearance, the Royals went into the offseason with what appeared to be very few holes to fill. They needed a starting pitcher, a right fielder and a designated hitter, and some added bullpen depth would have been nice. It seemed as though Moore would not have a lot to do.
Instead, the Royals have been a hotbed of activity. The Royals bullpen, which relied so heavily on Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis and Greg Holland, has seen the resignings of Jason Frasor and Luke Hochevar while Aaron Crow was exiled to Miami. Moore and the Royals have reportedly kicked the tires on Jon Lester, and were listed as potential landing spots for Torii Hunter and Yasmany Tomas. Talk about not sitting on your laurels!
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It appears as though Dayton Moore is not finished. Heading into the Winter Meetings, Moore has a shopping list in hand, and is still looking to upgrade the Royals roster. Right now, that focus is on starting pitching, but Moore stated that he is also in the market for an outfielder and, just maybe, more pieces for that bullpen.
"“We’d like to acquire a starting pitcher, an outfield bat and maybe add another piece or two in our bullpen,” Moore said."
It certainly makes sense for the Royals and Dayton Moore to be looking for both a starting pitcher and an outfielder. The biggest hole on the Royals last year, and one that reared it’s ugly head in the World Series, was their lack of a true power bat. Meanwhile, the prospective departure of James Shields would leave the Royals with a relatively unproven front of the rotation. Yes, Yordano Ventura and Danny Duffy pitched well last season, but are they ready to step into that ace role as soon as 2015?
While Moore and the Royals may not make any actual moves during the Winter Meetings, they could set the groundwork for those final tweaks to the roster. There will be a lot of information, and possibly misinformation, that will be mentioned by the press. it is certainly going to be fascinating to watch the events of the offseason continue to unfold.
Dayton Moore has been very busy this offseason. By all indications, that will not change any time soon.