If you haven't seen it yet on the Kansas City Star (as linked to in the fanshots by BHWick), Getz, Dyson, and Mazarro are being optioned to AAA Omaha. It strikes me as an odd move. Perhaps Soria's Tommy John surgery has put a damper on everything Royals for me, but I am extremely discouraged by this. I apologize if this is in any way harmful to anyone who is blindly optimistic (or not) about the Royals. Rant below.
It seems to me that the Royals will never be a model organization. They might win, and they're certainly due some good luck. But the Royals will never be a consistently well-run team. This offseason has been bad; I'll go ahead and say it. Under the guise of 'getting ready to win', the Royals went and signed Bruce Chen for starting pitching 'help' to an overpaid, 2 year contract. They legitimately thought he would help, which he will likely not do and, most likely, will in fact regress. Then they went out and signed one of the worst players in the history of the game--again. Finally, here, they honestly value a player who has hit only 42 extra base hits in over 1000 plate appearances, a player who neither hits for average or gets on base or plays legitimately good defense.
Add in past grievances--severely misusing Kila and signing FAs that were worthless (Guillen, Bloomquist) whilst allowing the manager to single-handedly blow their 2nd best pitcher's arm off and I see a recurring picture. The organization that trades away a good utility player for a less-good version of that utility player who is then cut in order to sign a legitimately bad utility player who is inexplicably 'pushing into the starting 2B position' is not an organization that will win consistently unless major changes happen.
This may not be a big deal (Gio may never be a good ML player anyway) but it certainly seems that way. It's another piece to the odd puzzle that is Dayton Moore, a piece that seems to suggest that he's still not quite sure what he's doing. Is it 'our time'? No. It may never be.