No surprise: Ned Yost is sticking around as the Royals manager.
By BOB DUTTON
The Kansas City Star
The club announced agreement with Yost on a two-year extension Tuesday morning, just two days after completing an 86-76 season that marked their first winning record since 2003.
The news isnt a surprise.
Yost and general manager Dayton Moore each expressed a strong desire in recent days to reach a new agreement. The extension binds Yost, 59, to the Royals through the 2015 season.
Im really pleased that (Im) coming back, Yost said. I think weve made great progress this year, and Im very excited about our future.
Its a great honor to be able to work with somebody (Moore) you really respect and enjoy working with. Thats the funnest part of the job for me.
Moore and Yost worked out the details Monday on the new deal following a mutual agreement to delay discussion until the season ended. Yost said he received a slight raise, but further financial details were not disclosed.
Our relationship is very strong and very open, Moore said. Its very direct and transparent. And he leads that way.
The continuity aspect of what were doing in Kansas City is crucial. We said that from day one. Thats what weve tried to build, and we dont want change for changes sake in our key leadership positions.
Yosts new deal creates an unusual situation in that it extends longer than Moores contract, which expires after the 2014 season. Its rare that a managers contract is for a longer period than the general manager.
Moore dismissed the suggestion of a potential problem although he created a stir at the late-morning news conference by acknowledging only thats whats reported when asked to verify his deal expires after 2014.
Im very secure in what weve done as an organization and excited about what were going to do in the future, Moore said. My comfort level with Dan (Glass) and Mr. (David) Glass has always been very secure.
Theyve been very supportive of everything weve had to do and what weve tried to do. I cant thank them enough.
Owner David Glass indicated strong support late in the season for Moore, who arrived May 30, 2006 from Atlanta. That suggests an extension for Moore could occur in the near future.
With Yosts new deal now in place, he and Moore will now turn their attention to the coaching staff.
Were in the process right now, Dayton and I, Yost said, of reviewing all phases of the coaching staff. With the way the season ended, our focus was on the day-to-day.
This was something Dayton and I decided would wait until the end of the season. We got through the contract stuff (Monday), and were going to start the process of coaching reviews here later (Tuesday).
The Royals are 284-329 under Yost, who replaced Trey Hillman as manager on May 13, 2010 with a contract that initially lasted only through that season.
A two-year extension, announced July 31, 2010, included a club option for 2013. The Royals exercised that option on Feb. 14, 2012.
Ive known Ned for many years, Moore said, and weve worked closely together over the last few years...There was never a doubt that we wanted to make this work for a long time.
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