Royals Reward GM Dayton Moore with Contract Extension

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- The Kansas City Royals are finally on the right path to contention in the American League, and the team has rewarded general manger Dayton Moore with a two-year extension as a result.

Moore will remain in charge of baseball operations through the 2016 season.

In 2013, the Royals had their best season in 20 years as they went 86-76 and finished 5.5 games out of the American League Wild Card standings.

"When Dayton's contract was extended during the 2009 season, I felt that this franchise had begun to turn the corner and that we were pointed in the proper direction," Royals president Dan Glass said in a statement. "It's been a challenging process, but we are now seeing tangible evidence that the process is working."

Through the work of Moore, the Royals have one of most quailtiy farm systems in Major League Baseball.

With players like Eric Hosmer, Alex Gordon, and Billy Butler, the Royals have a nice mix of young talent already up with the team and more minor league impact players who aren't quite ready for the big leagues yet.

The Royals haven't made the playoffs since 1985, the same year they last won the World Series.

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