No surprise: Ned Yost is sticking around as the Royals’ manager.
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 isn’t 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.
“I’m really pleased that (I’m) coming back,” Yost said. “I think we’ve made great progress this year, and I’m very excited about our future.
“It’s a great honor to be able to work with somebody (Moore) you really respect and enjoy working with. That’s 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. “It’s very direct and transparent. And he leads that way.
“The continuity aspect of what we’re doing in Kansas City is crucial. We said that from day one. That’s what we’ve tried to build, and we don’t want change for change’s sake in our key leadership positions.”
Yost’s new deal creates an unusual situation in that it extends longer than Moore’s contract, which expires after the 2014 season. It’s rare that a manager’s 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 “that’s what’s reported” when asked to verify his deal expires after 2014.
“I’m very secure in what we’ve done as an organization and excited about what we’re going to do in the future,” Moore said. “My comfort level with Dan (Glass) and Mr. (David) Glass has always been very secure.
“They’ve been very supportive of everything we’ve had to do and what we’ve tried to do. I can’t 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 Yost’s new deal now in place, he and Moore will now turn their attention to the coaching staff.
“We’re 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 we’re 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.
“I’ve known Ned for many years,” Moore said, “and we’ve worked closely together over the last few years...There was never a doubt that we wanted to make this work for a long time.”