Despite recent swoon, Moore says Royals won’t become ‘sellers’ at trade deadline

When asked if Ned Yost's job is safe, Dayton Moore said 'we're all accountable' and 'it's not just one hitter, one player, one coach.'

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CHICAGO — Royals general manager Dayton Moore is flying to Chicago today, but don’t necessarily read much into that: Moore said it was a pre-planned trip not associated with the team’s recent swoon.

Asked if manager Ned Yost’s job was safe, Moore said by phone: "We’re all accountable. But he can’t play. I can’t play. It comes down to performance on the field.

"I really thought that at the end of the 2013 season, we would continue to get better. And that isn’t happening right now. But the bottom line is that I’m responsible for how we’re playing and whatever happens. It’s me."

Moore said he wasn’t about to single out anyone else.

"It’s all of us," he said. "We’re all in this together. It’s not just one hitter, one player, one coach. … Our success is all tied together as a group."

With that in mind, Moore said he didn’t expect any dramatic changes in personnel.

"We do have to keep looking to improve ourselves internally or externally," he said. "But right now, we’re just searching for what that would be."

While the Royals have been linked to several trade possibilities, Moore said "it’s not just one hitter. We’re not one hitter away. We have a lot of holes right now.

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"So we have to figure out a way to get better."

While the Royals have lost seven of eight and seem to be fading from playoff contention, Moore said he wasn’t about to become a seller at the trade deadline.

"Nah, we’re not going to do that," he said. "We’re going to keep pushing on. It can turn in baseball pretty quick. We’ve done it before. But you have to get started and we have to start right now."

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