GM Moore not in a hurry to address Royals’ needs just yet
The Kansas City Royals have enjoyed a peaceful time since wrapping up their impressive World Series title in October, but they have some needs to address ahead of the 2016 season.
GM Dayton Moore could look to the free agent market to fill some gaps in left field (should Alex Gordon sign elsewhere) and in the starting rotation, but as he told MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan this week he isn’t necessarily in a hurry to make any decisions just yet.
The Winter Meetings are kicking off soon, and Hot Stove talk is likely to heat up once that happens. Moore, though, says his club is still evaluating its to-do list. Rather, as he told Flanagan, "It is really early in the process. A lot of teams, including us, are just getting a feel for what we need and what is out there."
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That perspective is partly why Moore and the Royals don’t necessarily make any huge, headline-stealing moves during the Meetings: "You’re always in conversation with other parties to find ways to improve your ballclub, whether it’s at the Winter Meetings or not."
The Royals are facing the reality of potentially losing Gordon, infielder Ben Zobrist, pitchers Johnny Cueto and Jeremy Guthrie among others…and they’ll undoubtedly address those vacancies if and when they’re made official. It just, at least at the moment, doesn’t appear as if Moore plans to get it all done in the immediate future.