KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ The Kansas City Royals have given general manager Dayton Moore a two-year contract extension through the 2016 season after the team had its best record in more than 20 years.
Financial terms were not disclosed.
Moore joined the Royals in 2006, taking over a franchise that had become a laughingstock. But he rebuilt a depleted farm system, and his work has begun to pay off. Several homegrown players contributed to an 86-76 season this past year.
The Royals rewarded manager Ned Yost with a two-year extension in October, which meant that for the past couple months he'd been working on a longer contract than his boss.
Moore had said all along he wasn't worried about getting a new deal.
ROYALS AND DAYTON MOORE AGREE TO
KANSAS CITY, MO (November 29, 2013) — The Kansas City Royals announced today that Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations/General Manager, Dayton Moore, has agreed to a two-year extension that runs through the 2016 season. Consistent with club policy, terms of the agreement are not disclosed
“When Dayton’s contract was extended during the 2009 season, I felt that this franchise had begun to turn the corner and that we were pointed in the proper direction,” said Dan Glass, Royals’ team President. “It’s been a challenging process, but we are now seeing tangible evidence that the process is working, thanks to the tireless efforts of Dayton and his Baseball Operations staff. Dayton is not only an outstanding baseball man, but he’s very much a part of our family and one of the top individuals I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with.”
“I’m very proud of the entire organization, especially our scouting and player development departments for their dedication and commitment to the Royals,” said Moore. “It’s a tremendous honor and privilege to work with Mr. Glass, Dan and the entire family.”
Moore, who officially joined the Royals’ organization on June 8, 2006, has engineered a franchise turnaround by building the majority of the roster from within, with 21 members of the current 40-man roster “home grown.” Of that group, the starting lineup had five full-time home-grown players, while the best statistical bullpen in the American League in 2013 featured a half-dozen hurlers who came up through the system, highlighted by closer Greg Holland, who set the franchise record for saves this past season with 47.
The 2013 squad finished with 86 wins, the 10th best victory total in franchise history and most wins for Kansas City since 1989. The 2013 season also witnessed the first time the organization had three Rawlings Gold Glove winners in the same season, each of whom were home-grown athletes (Alex Gordon, Eric Hosmer and Salvador Perez) and the first time since 1988 that the club had three representatives in the All-Star Game (Gordon, Perez and Holland).