With all of the social media buzz about Dayton Moore fighting for a contract extension this offseason, some have forgotten that Ned Yost‘s contract situation is more immediate.
Yost is in the final year of a two-year contract that contained an option year for this season. After this year is done Ned Yost will technically be a “free agent.” The two teams he has led as the full-time manager when 143-181, with the team going 55-72 after he took over for Trey Hillman in 2010.
There are a lot of arguments in Yost’s favor to retain him as manager. First, the team he inherited was devoid of talent and had no veteran leadership. Even now with the arrival of the “best farm system in baseball,” massive holes remain on the 25-man roster. Even with those flaws, Yost has managed the team to an above .500 record – which would be a first in 10 years – and they find themselves just 4.5 games back of the second wild card position.
On the other hand, one could argue Yost does not do enough to optimize his team’s chances to win. He continues to mismanage his lineup (See: Alcides Escobar the “ideal” two hole hitter) and has angered fans over his usage of bunts, bullpen management, lack of understanding statistical data, and post-game comments. Additionally, it would seem the Royals don’t have a lot of faith in him either. They convinced George Brett to join the team as the co-hitting coach in part because the psychological state of the clubhouse was not doing well. Moore also failed to sign Yost to an extension after last season, which is not the biggest sign of confidence either.
Knowing what will ultimately happen to Yost falls on whether or not Moore is the general manager this offseason. If Moore is around one would think Yost would probably get another year to prove himself. The next manager Moore hires will be his third hiring in eight years. Typically, general managers don’t get to make that many managerial changes in such a short period of time, so the idea of Moore getting the go-ahead for David Glass to sign his third manager seems unlikely.
Still, Glass is known for doing unexpected things. He could easily tell Moore this is his last year and he can do whatever he wants to try to win in order to save his job. This would be a nightmare scenario for Royals fans because having a desperate GM leads to poor decisions, but this could easily happen.
So what do you think the fate of Ned Yost will be? Will Moore keep him around for one more season or will KC have a new manager in 2014?