Moore: Royals focused on winning in 2017

Moore: Royals focused on winning in 2017

KANSAS CITY -- As the Royals drifted to 10 games under .500 a week ago, the popular narrative among the team's fan base and parts of the national media was that the Royals were primed to launch their fire sale.

In fact, a New York Post story stated earlier this week that the Royals were the "early favorite to sell," and also quoted an anonymous American League executive as saying, "The Royals are dying to declare."

General manager Dayton Moore reacted sharply to that insinuation.

"Any AL executive who says that the Royals can't wait to blow it up just lacks integrity," Moore told MLB.com. "It's not a discussion I've had with any of our people or any other general manager in baseball."

The Post story also suggested the Royals have altered their pro scouting approach to focus more on the systems of potential buyers in a fire sale.

"We haven't changed our scouting approach," Moore said, shaking his head.

The Royals do have several pending free agents after 2017, including Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Alcides Escobar, Lorenzo Cain and Jason Vargas.

But as Moore has said repeatedly since the offseason, the Royals haven't conceded at all that they will lose all their potential free agents.

"Absolutely. We want good players," Moore said. "But I'm not going to get into hypotheticals right now. Right now, we're focused on today and this year. We'll talk about extensions at the appropriate time."

And right now, any talk of fire sales or giving up on the postseason chase is simply false, Moore said.

"Our process when we left Spring Training was to compete for a division title and the World Series," Moore said. "That thought process isn't going to change after 10 games or 20 games or 37 games or whenever. It's not going to change.

"We're going to continue to expect our team to play better. We're going to focus on winning our division. We had a plan in the very beginning and we're not going to abandon that plan. We're playing very good baseball right now."

The Royals, entering Tuesday night, had won six of seven.

"It is what it is," Moore said of the rumors. "They're just not accurate. I believe in this team."

Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.