GM Moore believes best options are in Majors

KANSAS CITY -- Despite the Royals' recent struggles, general manager Dayton Moore is confident they have their best lineup on the field.

"Right now, there is nobody [in the Minors] we feel is better than the alternatives we have up here," Moore said. "Guys continue to get better down there, too, and we continue to monitor it."

When considering the future of young struggling players like Mike Moustakas, Moore said he considers three factors before sending a player down.

"Is this player staying positive and working hard?" Moore said. "Does the coaching staff remain positive in this struggling player, and do his teammates continue to rally around this struggling player? As long as those three things are occurring, it is very difficult as the general manager to make a change or want to make a change."

Dick Kaegel is a reporter for Kathleen Gier is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.