The Kansas City Royals made a major splash in the offseason, acquiring pitchers James Shields and Wade Davis from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for the organization's top prospect, Wil Myers, as well as other high-level prospects.
It was a move that brought Kansas City's total payroll, according to a report from Dick Kaegel of Royals.com on Monday, up to around $80 million, and, though it's going to be costlier, owner David Glass is fine with the moves that general manager Dayton Moore has made.
Here's Glass on the moves, from Kaegel's report:
"I don't know exactly where we are right now, but I would think in that range. We need to do what we need to do. But ultimately, my goal is to operate at a break-even point over a period of time. The focus on the dollar and the payroll is immaterial, really. The focus should be 'What players do you have and what players did you get?'"
On the other side, Moore spoke about Glass's support of taking on large contracts; particularly in Shields' case, as the pitcher is set to earn over $22 million over the next two seasons.
Here's Moore on the importance of improvement for the Royals over monetary concerns, from the article:
"The money doesn't make the player and regardless of what our payroll is, it's about the players that you have. Mr. Glass has always been very supportive of us getting the opportunity to improve our team if indeed we felt certain players made a difference for us."