The Kansas City Royals have been rather busy this offseason, resigning Jason Frasor and Luke Hochevar, while bringing in free agents Edinson Volquez, Kendrys Morales and Alex Rios. Yet, even with these moves, there is still a bit of unfinished business in Kansas City. There is still one move that needs to be made.
That move involves an extension for manager Ned Yost. Yost is already the longest tenured manager in Royals history, and is only 38 victories away from becoming the all time leader in wins among Royals managers, with only Dick Howser and Whitey Herzog before him. He is likely to get that title by sometime in June in this upcoming season.
Yet, Yost is only signed through the 2015 season. Since the Royals are coming off their first postseason in 29 years, and have had consecutive winning seasons for the first time since the late 1980’s, this is likely a temporary status. Can the Royals truly allow their most successful manager of the past three decades to leave?
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Dayton Moore has already indicated that Ned Yost and his contract would be addressed later in the offseason. Now that the Royals have restocked their lineup, hopefully with the power bats they needed, and found a starter to replaces James Shields, the next item on the agenda may well be to extend Yost. Quite frankly, that seems to be the only thing left to accomplish this offseason.
And it will likely be taken care of. For all the criticism that Yost has had over his tenure, that amazing run during October has given him the gravitas that may well insulate him from that second guessing. Well, at least until sometime in early May, when Salvador Perez is starting his twentieth consecutive game behind the plate.
Ned Yost will be the Royals manager for the foreseeable future. It is just a matter of time before this is made official.