In addressing the bloggers during last night’s Royal’s game with Baltimore, Moore said, “We’re not gonna out-talent anybody here. We’ve got one of the smallest markets in all of sports, period. Our owner is a terrific owner, but he’s not going to go out and spend a $100 million payroll when we can only sustain a $55 million or $60 million payroll in this market.”
Moore said there was a lot of criticism about why the Royals would sign a guy like Jeff Francoeur, “but the truth of the matter,” Moore said, “is we’re not going to out-talent anybody here in Kansas City. It’s impossible to do so.”
“Our team has to be better than anybody else,” the Royals GM went on to say. “We have to have synergy. We have to have togetherness, very similar to what the Colorado Rockies had three years ago. They had some young, talented players,” he said. “But they played together, they loved each other, their families got along, and they went out and played hard every single night.”
...What’s most disturbing about all of this is: How could Dayton Moore not have thought that his white-flag-waving-like comments regarding the Royals’ failure to compete wouldn’t be taken in an extremely negative light by the fan base the Royals are so desperately trying to retain and build upon to grow ticket sales and team revenues?
Why this choice of words and why now. Makes you wonder what’s really going on with the Royals off the field and behind closed doors at The K? Whatever it is, it sounds like not everyone in the Royals’ management is on the same page.