Moore shows interest in Royals

Moore shows interest in Royals

CHICAGO -- Braves assistant general manager Dayton Moore has been talking to the Kansas City Royals, but it's still unknown whether he's officially been offered Kansas City's general manager's job, which hasn't yet become open.

According to a Braves official, Moore has had some discussions with Royals ownership this week. But with general manager Allard Baird still in place in Kansas City, Moore can't publicly confirm anything regarding his interest or the progress of these talks.

Moore has chosen to keep a low profile most of this week in respect to Baird, who many believe will be relieved of his duties in the near future. The Royals were 11-35 heading into Saturday's game against the Yankees.

Numerous phone calls and an e-mail have been unreturned by Moore, who is as organized and personable as anybody in the Braves' player development department.

It might be somewhat surprising that Moore, who is considered to be one of the best GM prospects in the game, would be interested in the Kansas City job. He turned down the opportunity to be Boston's general manager in November.

When he turned the Red Sox down, he cited that he didn't feel comfortable with his family living in Boston. But the 39-year-old Kansas native wouldn't have some of those same feelings living in Kansas City.

There has been some thought that former Braves president Stan Kasten, who now holds that same position with the Nationals, would be interested in Moore. But he has made it known that he will keep Jim Bowden as his general manager through at least the All-Star break.

Moore attended, played and coached at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. That, along with the fact that his wife's family is still located in the Washington D.C. area, makes the Nationals job appealing.

While neither organization is strong, the Royals seemingly have a better Minor League system than the Nationals. That certainly could help sway Moore, who has been instrumental in the efforts to ensure the Braves maintain what is arguably the game's finest farm system.

Given his choice, Moore would stick around Atlanta and maintain the strong relationship he's built with all of the Braves. He's earned the utmost respect from youngsters like Jeff Francoeur and veterans like John Smoltz.

Earlier this month, Braves manager Bobby Cox indicated how much he enjoyed working with Moore.

But recently there have been some thoughts developing that Braves general manager John Schuerholz may remain in his position even after his contract expires after the 2007 season.

With Moore's children nearing high school, he would like to ensure himself a GM job within the next year. Thus, he may be looking to get one as soon as possible, and, for that reason, the Royals may benefit.

Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.