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A competent GM should be able to hold together a team that will win the same # of games next year.
But I don't really see how the Royals could markedly improve,
Moore's biggest problem is that the prospects he kept (Hosmer and Moustakas) have disappointed so far (Hosmer did show signs of improvement this year) while the guy he traded (Myers) is looking like a future star.
Moore's biggest problem is that the prospects he kept (Hosmer and Moustakas) have disappointed so far (Hosmer did show signs of improvement this year) while the guy he traded (Myers) is looking like a future star. Whether this reflects some flaw in his evaluation process or is just bad luck is hard to say.
The Royals are also supposedly not increasing payroll (despite that new TV deal windfall). With their current obligations they're already at about $72 million, and if they tender some of their arb cases (Hochevar, Bonifacio, Kottaras), they are already at $80 mill with Erv Santana departing. So yea, hard to see how they improve. Hitting should improve, defense and pitching should regress. Probably about a .500 team next year.
#4 I think a generally underrated managerial skill is turning raw talent into major league results.
Mustaches bad year is par for the course for young prospects, the fact both made it to the majors in their early 20s and produced (Mustache 4.3 WAR in 374
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