"You want them all to work out, but most of the time they don't, unfortunately,'' Royals general manager Dayton Moore said Tuesday.
This is what Dayton Moore came up with today in response to the inevitable dumping of our prize offseason pitching acquisition. Our General Manger takes the position that "most times" trades don't work out? Is this how D-Moore really operates, most times it doesn't work out? Why yes, Dayton, for a team that has been losing for 26 years, most times it does not work out. BUT YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO CHANGE THAT. IT'S YOUR JOB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I realize that this quote might have been taken slightly out of context, or that Dayton simply misspoke a little, but it left me feeling like writing a frustrated blog post venting about the current state of the Royals. No one blames Dayton for this one. People blame him for Jose Guillen, the demise of Gil Meche, Frenchy and Yuni part II and the Midwestern heat wave from hell. But he gets a free pass on Jonathan Sanchez. Even Royals fans who saw All Star MVP Melky Cabrera drop a bomb just a few days ago only to watch Sanchez's masterpiece final act yesterday don't hold too much of a grudge. If Melky Cabrera is arrested tomorrow for spying on the US for Fidel Castro, the Royals have still lost this trade. That said, this was a good trade at the time, unfortunately we have seen the worst result possible.
So Dayton should have simply chalked this one up to bad luck. But as Dayton seems to do, he tried to explain this in terms of fundamental baseball laws that not everyone understands. Hey guys, this is just the business, you all don't get it: most times it doesn't work out. Is Dayton writing a County & Western song? For someone who frequently talks about creating a "winning culture" this comment is very much that of a loser. Your goal should be that most times it does work out, are you admitting that you are less intelligent than most other GMs? The correct response was most times it doesn't go this bad, but I'll trade upside starting pitchers for reliable hitters any day of the week.
This has been a frustrating year for the Royals and Dayton has had a really bad run; the Jeff Francouer-Wil Myers saga, Bruce Chen returning to earth, four Tommy Js, the player formerly known as Eric Hosmer, the top prospect formerly know as Mike Montgomery, Luke Hochevar's 65th corner turning start and Melky Cabrera's revenge on top. However, I said it earlier this year, total failure might be the best thing for the Royals, Moore and Ownership. It's Your Time, now!