I first started following the Royals right after Moore signed Gil Meche. I'm pretty sure it was the first bit of Royals news I really read. I thought the free-agent signing might be worth it if Meche had the leadership qualities Dayton described when he signed him. Of course I knew nothing about Gil Meche before the signing. So the season started and immediately Meche went deep into the game while providing a solid start. Throughout the season he would continue to pitch very well. I've always assumed Moore had scouted Gil and knew that he could easily improve his control by landing toe-first. After Moore traded away prospects for Betancourt I'm no longer sure. Are you?
Dayton Moore seems to trust his basic instints and then his scouts in order to decide what to do baseball-wise. Discovering that a pitcher is landing heel-first is a discovery taht would play to Moore's scouting instincts. So its fairly likely that Moore's explanation is true. However he has thrown money at numerous free-agents including Farnsworth, Guillen, Jacobs and Bloomquist. All the free-agents he signed are vastly overpaid with a few exceptions. So the question remains: Do you think that Dayton Moore knew that Meche had an easily correctable mechanical flaw or do you believe that Dayton Moore is incredibly win-the-lottery-twice lucky?