Two weeks ago I wrote this: "Dayton Moore does many things well, and he still has my support as the man who could lead the Royals to the playoffs once again. But after three off-seasons to prove himself on the free-agent market, with one notable exception (Gil Meche), all he has proven is that he is prone to wildly overspending for highly replaceable talent." Now that he’s signed Bloomquist, I stand by these words completely. Well, accept for the part that he still has my support.
Well, there you go. This kind of offseason leads to breakups like this. Personally, I put a lot of stock in this offseason as far as my evaluation of Dayton Moore. He had done some things well (mostly involving pitchers) and some things poorly (mostly involving position players). So I was looking for him to start spending the currency of baseball and seriously address the offensive/defensive issues.
And then this offseason came. Wow. He spent the currency of baseball poorly. He spent David Glass's currency even worse. Dayton Moore isn't a good GM. Is he an average GM? Maybe. But as he can't be expected to make good FA signings, the only way the Royals compete is with cheap homegrown talent. So how long are we going to have to wait until there is enough of that to compete? Until Moustakas, Hosmer, Cortes, Duffy, etc. are in the majors and have all panned out?
If I may paraphrase Phil Connors, this winter has been cold, it's been gray and it may last us the rest of our lives.