H. Ramirez $1.8M
Wow. Just....wow. They might as well have invested in lottery tickets. This is an astounding failure. I mean it's not astounding that Moore would have a bad offseason (surprising, but not astounding). But it is astounding that it would be so spectacularly awful. Think there are better ways Moore could have spent $16 million? What an understatement of a question. Would it be hard to come up with a thousand better ways Moore could have spent $16 million? The worst thing about this, the most gut-wrenching thing about it is not how it affects the 2009 team, but what it says about Dayton Moore and how good or bad of a general manager he is. If this is how he values talent, how is he going to get the Royals into the playoffs? If this is how he spends limited resources, how is he going to get the Royals into the playoffs? If this is the best he can do, how is he going to get the Royals into the playoffs?
If a small market team is going to get into the playoffs, its front office has to do a lot of things well. You can't get to the playoffs merely by drafting well or being able to scout pitchers well. You have to be able to evaluate both pitching and position player talent well. You have to draft well. You have to make smart trades. You have to spend FA money wisely, on the right players at the right time.
Right now, it doesn't look like Dayton Moore has it in him. I think a C+ grade for his tenure as the Royals GM is the best possible grade he deserves (it might even be a little generous). And a C+ isn't good enough when you're the smallest market in baseball. Could Moore improve? He could. But I certainly didn't see improvement this offseason. In fact, he's going in the wrong direction.