Fangraphs is again counting down its rankings of each organization in baseball. Despite a recent binge of hiring Royals bloggers to counter a perceived bias against all things Royals, Fangraphs still dropped the Royals' ranking from 27th last year to 29th this year. An explanation of the rankings criteria is here, with the criteria further clarified as the organization's changes of winning now and going forward based on current talent, future talent, management skill, financial flexibility, and quality of ownership and ballpark (one and a half out of six is not bad, right?). Unlike last year, there are separate posts on the team's current talent (some guy named Matt Klaasen mutes his love of the Rick Ankiel signing), future talent, and overall health of the organization.
Not surprisingly, Dave Cameron is brutal as usual when it comes to the overall health of the Royals, which he dubs "the anti-FanGraphs team." And he is probably right:
The management is bad enough to offset almost all of the good. Zack Greinke, Billy Butler, David DeJesus – there are pieces here that should be the core of a good young team. But they’ve been surrounded by chaff, and expensive chaff at that. There are some good young players on the way, but not enough. By the time those guys get to KC – if they get there before Moore trades them for something else without value – Greinke’s contract will be expiring, Butler will be expensive, and they’ll be faced with another necessary rebuilding process, because there isn’t enough talent in the organization to contend either now or in the future.
He concludes that while the process might have worked in the 1980s, it just does not work anymore.