The new approach that Dayton forced on the Glasses will pay big dividends over the next 5-6 years. The Glasses take a lot of heat, and they should for their crappy start as owners of the Royals. Baird couldn't do anything and we are paying for that now. Dayton has forced Mr. Glass to pay BIG bucks out in the draft. Over the past two drafts we have taken and signed several players that were demanding high bonuses (Melville,Dwyer,Myers). These guys were drafted on top of our highly paid first round picks. It would be nice to know the exact $ amount of bonuses that the Royals have paid in the past two drafts. It has to be the highest in the league. Also, Dayton has gotten the ok to spend cash on the Latin American players that were previously off limits to teams like the Royals.
However, Dayton has failed time and time again at the mlb level. Most of his trades have blown up in his face. Our bullpen should still contain Nunez, J.P. Howell,R. Ramirez and Affeldt. Instead, we traded these players away for Ryan Shealy, Joey Gatright, Mike Jacobs and CoCo Crisp. All four bust!! We should have resigned Olivo this past off season.
Dayton's biggest problem is he devalues what we have, and over values what we don't. It is a scouting failure to have Aviles come up and surprise everyone by hitting .325 as a rookie. Kila is being undervalued at the moment. Stop running Guillen out there every game. We are simply trying to increase his trade value. He will not perform at a high enough level to command an A type prospect. So we block a guy like Kila from playing, all in the hopes that we will get a average prospect in return. I may be wrong but if Guillen leaves after this year, wouldn't we get a 1st round comp pick? That would be better than anything we could trade him for at the moment!
Anyone notice how injuries are the only way our minor league position players ever get a shot?