The loss of Moustakas and Gordon forces general manager Dayton Moore and manager Ned Yost’s hand in making some hard decisions. Do they seek help on the trade market, or do they stay the course with the young players they’ve developed on the farm?
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The choice might hinge on whether the organization is committed to trying to establish this era of Kansas City Royals baseball as a dynasty, or if they want to maintain a pipeline of talent that can provide consistent success for years to come.
May has been an up-and-down month, and after some called for goodbyes for Omar Infante, even he has responded with a 7-for-24 performance over the last seven games. Unfortunately, he’s still batting just .248 for the season.
Kansas City Royals fans will be saddened with the loss of Moustakas and Gordon – it stinks when the every day players are not out there every day. But let’s hold off on any doomsday scenarios just yet. Whoever takes over for Gordon will likely be an offensive improvement for the time being, and if Cuthbert can warm back up, he’s a reliable substitute for Moustakas.
At some point, the whole 162-game season fallback argument will go away. But with only 46 games down and 116 more to go, and with the KC Royals trailing the division lead by just two games, we can still say there’s a lot of baseball to be played. For the time being, it does not matter who is playing, just that he’s playing well.