Kansas City Royals continue to invest in front office

DETROIT, MI - APRIL 04: A detailed view of a Kansas City Royals equipment bag prior to the Opening Day game between the Detroit Tigers and the Kansas City Royals at Comerica Park on April 4, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. The Tigers defeated the Royals 5-4. (Photo by Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - APRIL 04: A detailed view of a Kansas City Royals equipment bag prior to the Opening Day game between the Detroit Tigers and the Kansas City Royals at Comerica Park on April 4, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. The Tigers defeated the Royals 5-4. (Photo by Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via Getty Images) /
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While most teams are making cutbacks and announcing layoffs, the Kansas City Royals continue to invest in their future.

The Kansas City Royals have a reputation for not spending. A small market team that is typically not overly active in free agency, the Royals have typically watched their bottom line closely, sticking to a specific budget. And yet, while other teams have been announcing layoffs and cutbacks due to the ongoing pandemic, the Royals have done the opposite.

That investment into their front office is continuing. The Royals have hired former long time Mariners scout/executive Tom McNamara as a special assistant to the general manager.

This is in keeping with the Royals strategy this year. With a relatively new owner in John Sherman, they are better positioned to weather the economic downturn than most other teams. This investment into their front office and scouting department is just one example.

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The Royals had bucked the trend when it came to the shutdown as well. At a time when virtually every other team had looked to cut the pay of their minor leaguers, the Royals refused to follow suit. General manager Dayton Moore had referred to those players as the future of the game, whether or not they would reach the majors.

That investment makes sense in other ways as well. Players will remember that the Royals took care of their own, which could lead to an advantage in negotiations. If a free agent has similar offers, and the Royals are one of those teams, that investment can stand out.

It holds true with the front office as well. While other teams may not have the scouting resources they once did, the Royals will be ahead of the game. They may be able to find those hidden gems that snuck through due to those front office cuts. Although it may take some time, the Royals could benefit through their continued investment into their players and front office.

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The Kansas City Royals are continuing to buck the trends throughout Major League Baseball. Adding to their front office will only help moving forward.