So does this mean the Royals won the Wil Myers trade?
A day after Myers won the American League Rookie of the Year award, Dayton Moore finished third in the Executive of the Year award behind winner Ben Cherington of Boston and Neal Huntington of Pittsburgh. The award is voted upon by 31 Major League executives, four of which voted for Moore.
Last offseason was one of “make it or break it” for Dayton after he traded Minor League Player of the Year Myers to Tampa Bay for James Shields and Wade Davis. The deal was met with very polarizing opinions on whether or not the Royals should have made the deal and if they were in a position to “win now.”
Kansas City also boasted the American League’s best defense, anchored by Salvador Perez, Alex Gordon, and Eric Hosmer – each of whom won Gold Glove awards. Lorenzo Cain and Alcides Escobar were each nominees for a Gold Glove, too.
The Shields trade was paired with a steal of a deal for Ervin Santana, who each led the Royals starting pitching staff. KC’s starters were number one in the AL in ERA and second in the league in quality starts and inning pitched per start. This was a massive turnaround after being one of the worst rotations in baseball the year before.
KC’s defense, Shields and Santana, plus the AL’s best bullpen led the Royals to their first winning season since 2003 and their most wins since 1989. The 15 game improvement in the win column from 2012 to 2013 was enough for some executives to vote Moore as the best for 2013.
Moore is going to need another impressive offseason to keep the momentum rolling. Kansas City has to find a replacement for Santana, who is likely to leave in free agency due to his high salary demands. The Royals also have large questions marks in their lineup, specifically at second base and right field. The group finished 11th in the American League in runs scored, 11th in OPS, and last in home runs.