The Kansas City Royals have extended GM Dayton Moore's contract through the 2016 season, according to reports. He will get just a few more opportunities to finally turn the Royals into a playoff team.
Since taking over as GM on June 8, 2006, Moore has improved the Royals record by 24 games since the 2006 season. In 2013, his hard work payed off, as the Royals went 86-76, their first winning season since 2003. He still hopes to reach the playoffs with Kansas City, something that hasn't been done since 1985, when George Brett was still their slugging third baseman. They won the World Series in 1985.
Moore has developed young talent in the Royals system. Non-pitchers were an average of 26.9 years of age, while pitchers were 29.6 years of age. He definitely took a young team, and made them winners, as the Royals finished third in AL Central. Moore values pitching; the Royals had a 3.45 ERA in 2013, ranking first in the American League. The team's offense, however, seems to be their main focus this offseason. The .694 OPS that the Royals posted in 2013 ranked 11th in the American League. With a little more balance in this team, the Royals could reach the playoffs once again. And, they owe it to their GM, Dayton Moore.