We are just over two months into the season and things have not gone as expected in year eleven of the Dayton Moore era. The core of the championship club has one more year left together before they all hit free agency, and while Dayton Moore tried to “reload” this past winter with a franchise-record payroll of $145 million, the club has slumped out to a league-worst record of 25-32.
The team has played better after a disastrous April, going 18-16 after a terrible first month. They are just 5.5 games out of first place with plenty of baseball left to be played. Newer players like Jorge Bonifacio and Whit Merrifield have emerged from the farm system to become contributors. The starting pitching has been better than ever before, although injuries have taken their toll recently.
Still, the offense continues to lag behind as one of the worst in baseball. The once-dominant bullpen has become decidedly mediocre. Virtually every off-season move has backfired so far for Dayton Moore. Jorge Soler has failed to hit at all, Nate Karns has been promising, but hurt, and free agents Brandon Moss, Jason Hammel, and Travis Wood have been disasters. The franchise appears to be coming to a crossroads this summer, with Dayton Moore having to decide if he is willing to have a firesale to re-stock the farm system, or if he will continue to hold out hope his core of players has one more run left in them.
While there is no danger of Dayton Moore losing his job, and the team is still just under two years removed from a championship, there are grumbles of dissatisfaction with Royals management. Dayton Moore may have been the right man to guide this team from the depths of despair to a championship, but is he the right man to lead them into the next chapter?
You can see how Dayton Moore fared in the approval poll back in March, after he had completed his transactions for the off-season. Has your opinion changed? Do you trust Dayton Moore to build the next Royals contender?
Do you approve of the job Dayton Moore is doing?
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