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Royals’ Dayton Moore declines to discuss Braves’ GM opening; David Glass says he wouldn’t block interview

General manager Dayton Moore (left) and manager Ned Yost
General manager Dayton Moore (left) and manager Ned Yost The Kansas City Star

General manager Dayton Moore plans to join the Royals on the road at Progressive Field either today or Wednesday. In the interim, Moore has no interest in distracting from what could be Kansas City’s first playoff run since 1985, even as owner David Glass told The Star he would allow Moore to interview elsewhere.

With a shake-up happening in his former professional home, Moore declined comment Monday through a team spokesman on the general-manager opening in Atlanta, where his name has been floated as a candidate to replace Frank Wren.

Glass indicated Monday that he was not worried about Moore leaving. He stressed the close ties between himself, his son — team president Dan Glass — and Moore. In that vein, Glass explained he “would firmly believe” Moore lacks interest in running the baseball operations department of another franchise.

“We’re all in this together,” Glass said. “It’s not like employer-employee relationships, or anything. It’s more like Dayton’s a part of the family. We’re all working together to get to the World Series. He’s got that commitment out there. I’m not concerned about that.”

Two years remain on Moore’s contract with the Royals, and he has shown no inclination toward departing. Team officials framed Moore’s silence Monday stemmed from a preference to keep the spotlight focused on his players during this critical week. Moore has not broached the topic with Glass, the owner stressed.

“We’ve never discussed it,” Glass said. “What we discuss is how to win more games.”

The Braves dismissed Wren on Monday morning after their second second-half collapse in four seasons, and formed a search committee to find his replacement. The committee includes Braves president John Schuerholz, Hall of Fame manager Bobby Cox and interim GM John Hart.

Schuerholz hired Moore in 1994. Moore spent more than a decade in Atlanta and appeared to be groomed to replace Schuerholz, who was then the general manager. Moore accepted the Royals’ job in the summer of 2006. Schuerholz accepted a promotion out of the GM role the next year.

For Moore to depart at this moment, after spending eight seasons building toward playoff contention, would surprise Glass. He respects Atlanta as an organization, and considers himself close with Schuerholz and team CEO Terry McGuirk.

“I know they have very high regard for Dayton,” Glass said. “And were pleased that he got the opportunity for the Royals, and were pleased for him. And I think that they wish him all the success in the world with the Royals. My guess is that they understand that he’s well-positioned here.

“I don’t know what they’ll do as far as where they will look. I don’t know whether they’d reach out to Dayton or not. I haven’t had that discussion.”

Davis sets record

With an eighth-inning strikeout, his 104th of the season, Wade Davis on Monday surpassed teammate Greg Holland and Jim York for the Royals franchise record for relievers.

“That’s pretty cool,” Davis said. “We’ve had some pretty good ones come through here.”

Colon likely done for year

Still sidelined by a broken distal tip in his right middle finger, Royals utility infielder Christian Colon probably won’t play again this season, manager Ned Yost said.

Colon became eligible to leave the disabled list on Monday, but his status appears unlikely to change.

“He’s starting to do some very light throwing,” Yost said. “But I don’t see him making huge improvements over the next seven days.”

FanFest dates

The Royals announced that their 2015 FanFest will be Jan. 30-31 at Bartle Hall. The event includes autograph sessions with current and former Royals. Single-day tickets are $14 for adults and $8 for children 6-17. Children 5 and under will be admitted free.

Tickets are available at royals.com/fanfest, by calling 816-504-4040 or at the Kauffman Stadium Box Office from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

To reach Andy McCullough, call 816-234-4370 or send email to rmccullough@kcstar.com. Follow him on Twitter: @McCulloughStar.

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