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Royals GM livid over trade criticism

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08:13 AM ET 12.11 | Coming off a weekend blockbuster, Kansas City Royals general manager Dayton Moore didn't exactly get the benefit of the doubt. [Moore was] furious Monday afternoon, livid at the accusations, and trying to keep a calm demeanor on the telephone. He pulls off the Royals' biggest trade in two decades, giving them a shot at their first playoff berth since 1985, and he's read that he made the blockbuster deal simply to save his job. "To me, that's insulting," Moore tells USA TODAY Sports. "That's very insulting. Very, very insulting. I don't get too bent up about criticism, and I want to take the high road here, but that's insulting my integrity. If something happened, I couldn't get another job in baseball? Is that what people think?"

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December 11, 2012  08:59 AM ET

At least people are talking about the Royals.

December 11, 2012  09:13 AM ET

The lady doth protest too much, methinks.

December 11, 2012  09:14 AM ET

The GM was going to lose his job anyway after next season if he didn't make a major move on the 13 Royals to try and help them make the playoffs.

December 11, 2012  09:14 AM ET

This guy needs to grow a set. You're in the wrong business Drayton if you can't take criticism. And to think this guy almost came to Boston? That media would have torn him apart.

December 11, 2012  09:34 AM ET

All he managed to do was spray lighter fluid on the fire.

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December 11, 2012  10:12 AM ET

N.Y. Daily News reported today that the Mets asked the Royals what it would have taken to land top prospect Wil Myers...Royals told them Niese and Wheeler.....glad the Mets turned that down...

December 11, 2012  10:21 AM ET

Technically speaking, your skin has to turn a color, like dark blue, to be considered livid. Perhaps pi##ed off would have fit the headline better.

December 11, 2012  11:33 AM ET

playoffs? playoffs? playoffs? (Jim Mora, Sr. steps off the podium)

December 11, 2012  12:33 PM ET

Royals and playoffs haven't been used in the same sentence since probably last year when it was commonly said "The Royals are not even close to making the playoffs".

December 11, 2012  12:49 PM ET

One livid GM and how many livid KC fans for how many lividable years?

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December 11, 2012  02:10 PM ET

Tactical error by Moore to react with anger to an opinion piece from a guy who couldn't keep his baseball job and now works for ESPN. He should have just smiled and said "Trying to keep my job by improving the team and giving us a better chance to win? Guilty as charged! That is the job description for every GM in the league."

December 11, 2012  02:16 PM ET
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Tactical error by Moore to react with anger to an opinion piece from a guy who couldn't keep his baseball job and now works for ESPN.

Bobby V is back with ESPN?

December 11, 2012  02:59 PM ET

Don't understand what Royals fans are so upset about!!! They haven't been good for so long, Pitching wins games - they got 2 starters and one is there new Ace!!! They needed pitching and pitching costs prospects...

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December 11, 2012  04:29 PM ET

wiseup: If I was a Tampa Bay fan I would be upset trading away an ace in Shields

 
December 11, 2012  05:26 PM ET
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wiseup: If I was a Tampa Bay fan I would be upset trading away an ace in Shields

There's not enough of them to get all worked up over it.

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