JACK'S SMACK: ''It's time for the Royals to ante up'

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - It came as no surprise on Tuesday when the Royals told us Ned Yost has signed a two-year contract extension.

I think most of us were pretty much conditioned to the fact the manager was coming back.

The Royals won the most games in a season in 24 years. I like to believe it was more about having better talent.

I still have reservations about the manager's skill as a tactician. But so be it.

What disappoints me most about the Royals media briefing was listening to Dayton Moore and Ned Yost pat one another on the back about having their first winning season in a decade.

Sure, they won 86 games and were in the wildcard chase until the final week of the season. And that's a good thing, but it's no time for management to take a victory lap. They didn't win anything.

The Royals still have the dubious distinction of suffering through the longest playoff drought in professional sports history.

Name any pro sport; baseball, football, basketball, hockey, anything. They've all been to some sort of playoff in the last 28 years.

Not the Royals.

How much longer is this going to continue?

Here's the other reason we should be concerned about where this team is headed: Dayton Moore announcing the payroll would remain basically the same.

The Royals were right at $80 million this year.

They finished with the 7th best record in the American League. That's in the middle of the pack.

Detroit, who now wins this division every year, had a $150 million payroll.

We know that kind of money is out of the question for the Royals. But there is no reason why this owner can't bump the payroll to $90-95 million so they can get a big bopper who can hit the ball out of the park.

It will between $13-14 million a year to get one of these guys

Royals were dead last in home runs this year.   The revenue stream is there, folks.  No excuses from this owner.

Royals are getting extra $25 million next season from the new national television contract. They will be raking in $52 million in TV money alone next year.

There's an old saying, "If you want to dance, you've got to pay the fiddler."

It's time for the Royals to ante up.

That's, Jack's Smack.

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