8 to 10 years to rebuild the Royals, Really?
Kansas City Royals General Manager Dayton Moore keeps telling his fans to trust the process, and by and large they have grown sick of hearing that. So today he came out and said that the process is going to take eight to ten years. He has set a goal of 2013 or 20104 for a majority of the 25 man big league roster to be filled by home grown talent. There are so many problems with that statement that is laughable, the most important being how are the Royals going to develop their own talent and not watch them sign lucrative free agent deals with big market clubs.
As a veteran of the Detroit Tigers two five year rebuilding efforts that went absolutely nowhere, I have to call BS on this one. Great baseball teams are built by great baseball men, and Moore has more than proved he is not that. Sorry Dayton sell the crap to some other gullible idiot. Dayton quoted up and down the rebuilding job of the New York Yankees in the 1990′s. He claims that it took them eight years or so to do it. I would disagree with that. There rebuild job started in 1992 when they drafted Derek Jeter and signed Danny Tartabull to a free agent contract. If memory serves me right (and backed up by actual fact) the Yankees won the World Series in 1996, Jeter’s rookie year in the majors. In fact the Yankees may have won the 1994 World Series since they had the best record in the American League when the players went on strike.
So pathetic baseball executive take the eight to ten year plans and forget about them. Teams these days can be turned around much quicker, draft well and spend money to keep players and sign new ones. That is how this is done.