We've all seen it.
Be it on ESPN or MLB network or whatever. Baseball analysts just absolutely drooling over the Royals farm system. Going on and on about how the Royals have a bright future ahead and "hold on a little longer Royals fans, your year is coming." Then the host asks them the question. "Is it going to be this year?" Their mood changes. "Weeeelllllllllllll......Not this year."
It happens every single off season and I am tired of it. The Royals need to take that next step before they become locked in the cycle of promising prospects coming up, looking good, showing promise and either fading or leaving. You can't do it completely through the draft. Just look across the parking lot towards that other stadium. They've been talking about building through the draft and it hasn't gotten them anywhere. They have had a few bad drafts and now they are in the position to draft the most important player on the field, a franchise quarterback and there is only one problem. There aren't any in the draft this year. That's the problem with building through the draft. Every draft isn't full of amazing talent. Not every prospect pans out.
So what are the options? Free agency? Royals cant afford it. Trades then. The Royals don't have money (or aren't allowed to use any) and they do not have many all star type players, if they did they would be winning now. So the most valuable asset the Royals have are their prospects. The one's that everyone else drools over. Think about it, prospects sometimes are the most valuable when they are prospects. When they have potential. The next time prospects like Wil Myers are going to reach that value again is when they make a few all star games and that is far from a given, no matter how talented he is.
Was it the right move? Im not here to argue that. I'm saying Moore had to do something. Something to snap us out of that cycle of "The Royals have a bright future, but that future is not here yet." To bring that bright future here, a move had to be made.