The “process” — that oft-favored word of Royals general manager Dayton Moore — will continue for at least three more seasons.
The club announced Friday that it had reached agreement with Moore on a two-year contract extension that will extend his tenure through 2016. If he completes the deal, he will become the longest-serving general manager in franchise history.
“When Dayton’s contract was extended during the 2009 season,” club president Dan Glass said in a statement released by the Royals, “I felt that this franchise had begun to turn the corner and that we were pointed in the proper direction.
“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.”
The move comes less than two months after the Royals reached a new two-year deal with manager Ned Yost through 2015 and follows the club’s most successful season, at 86-76, since 1989.
“I’m very proud of the entire organization,” Moore said, “especially our scouting and player development departments for their dedication and commitment to the Royals. It’s a tremendous honor and privilege to work with Mr. (David) Glass, Dan and the entire family.”
Moore, 46, became the sixth general manager in franchise history on May 31, 2006 when hired to replace Allard Baird. Moore had work for the Atlanta Braves in various roles from 1994 before joining the Royals.
When Moore arrived, he inherited a franchise slogging through its third 100-loss season in four years. He rebuilt the organization from the bottom up through a heavy commitment to draft picks and international signings.
Moore often implored the club’s fan base throughout the rebuilding play to “trust the process.”
Herk Robinson served 10-plus years as the club’s general manager before Baird got the job in June 2000. John Schuerholz held the job for 10 years prior to Robinson before leaving to fill the same job in Atlanta, where he hired and promoted Moore.