The Kansas City Royals extended the contract of senior vice president of baseball operations/general manager Dayton Moore for two years, through the 2016 season.
Moore first joined the Royals in June 2006 and has been a big reason for the homegrown talent and the recent success. The Royals finished with an 86-76 record this past season. It was the first time the club ended a campaign above .500 since 2003. It was the most wins for Kansas City since 1989.
“When Dayton’s contract was extended during the 2009 season, I felt that this franchise had begun to turn the corner and that we were pointed in the proper direction,” said Dan Glass, Royals team president. “It’s been a challenging process, but we are now seeing tangible evidence that the process is working, thanks to the tireless efforts of Dayton and his baseball operations staff. Dayton is not only an outstanding baseball man, but he’s very much a part of our family and one of the top individuals I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with.”
Closer Greg Holland, who set the franchise record for saves this past season with 47, is one of many players who has grown through the team’s minor league system.
This past season also witnessed the first time the organization had three Rawlings Gold Glove winners in the same season in Alex Gordon, Eric Hosmer and Salvador Perez. The team also had three representatives in the All-Star Game (Gordon, Perez and Holland), the first time since 1988 that the club has accomplished that feat.