I don't believe that David Glass is preventing the Royals from being a good team. In the past, he did prevent them from winning games. That is evidenced by the way he ran the organization from major league payroll all the way down to the quality of equipment that the minor league affiliates were using. But now, he is an average owner. He is better than some owners, at least. Sure, he makes a profit on the team, but why do so many people think that an owner making a profit also prevents a team from winning games?
I believe that the biggest problem the Royals have is the general manager. David Glass hired him, which I guess is in the running for "Worst Decision by David Glass" but I think many of us recognize that that was a perfectly good choice at the time. Billy Beane had already had his success, but can we fault Glass for going with the tried and true Braves way? Dayton Moore was an up-and-comer destined to be a General Manager somewhere, and it was a bit of a success at the time that we were able to get him. Obviously, that hasn't panned out and it may be time to let Dayton go. Except for that glaring mistake that we only recognize in hindsight, David Glass since 2006 has been an adequate owner and I do not blame him for making a profit.
In 2006, the Royals payroll was $47,294,000 according to Cot's. Since then, it has fluctuated, but except for last year, has been higher than that 2006 number. In fact, 2010 saw a high for Royals payroll when it reached $74,985,210. Man, what a year that was. I don't remember off the top of my head how many games we won, but it must have been a lot. All joking aside, that number seems realistic for Glass' ceiling as explained by Dayton Moore. But to me it seems like David Glass saw progress and Dayton convinced him to provide more resources in order to make some of those free agent acquisitions and retain other players that were getting more expensive. That's actually exactly what needs to happen between now and spring training next year, but if you're David Glass, what's the point?
So my point is this... Why would Glass open up the pocketbook when he has done it before and Dayton has done nothing with it? This year is certainly different. We've obviously got a good foundation in place, even if some players are underperforming. But if I was Glass, I would need Dayton to somehow prove to me that he wouldn't go out and waste all of that money if I were to make it available to him. As of now, that is the only result any of us can foresee as probable. Throwing money at the problem isn't going to make Dayton a better judge of talent or a better negotiator. It won't make him a better GM. He will still play favorites (Francoeur) and he will still acquire role players and relievers and give them $2-$4 MM a year. So unless Glass feels comfortable ordering Dayton to sign Edwin Jackson, Shaun Marcum, Anibal Sanchez, or any other #2-#3 type starter, you have to think Glass is very hesitant to make that money available. It cuts into his profit and Dayton's track record tells us that it won't win us any more games.
I was listening to Kevin Keitzman's show today during the first hour and it was mainly callers, all of whom believe that David Glass is the reason this team will never win anything. That is what made me write this. I just want to express my opinion that spending money does not mean the Royals will be any better. Unless you have A LOT more money, the club needs to follow the Rays model, which could conceivably allow Glass to make even more profit while also winning a World Series.