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Royals commit to GM Moore through 2014

Kansas City Royals general manager Dayton Moore was rewarded Monday with a four-year contract extension through 2014.

Kansas City Royals general manager Dayton Moore was rewarded Monday with a four-year contract extension through 2014.

Financial details were not disclosed.

"I was surprised when it was brought up to me," he said.

Royals owner David Glass told reporters two weeks ago that he planned to retain manager Trey Hillman and Moore, who had exercised a contract option for 2011.

"Although it has been a disappointing season, I believe we are heading in the right direction and Dayton is an important part of the process," Glass said. 

Kansas City led the American League Central Division earlier this season, but has since plunged to last place with a lowly 50-80 record.

That said, the Royals showed gradual improvement the previous three seasons, from 62-100 in 2006 to 69-93 in 2007 and 75-87 last season.

"I always try to keep a positive attitude and be upbeat, but I have been hurting over our organization," Moore said. "It is troubling to see us lose and struggle, but I believe everything we do has to be with the mindset of what is best for the Kansas City Royals today and in the long term."

Moore, 42, broke into the major leagues as a scout with the Atlanta Braves in 1994 and served as assistant director of scouting, assistant director of player development, director of international scouting and director of player personnel development before being promoted to assistant GM in August 2005. 

He replaced Allard Baird as GM of the Royals on May 30, 2006.

"Regardless of when my opportunity ends in Kansas City — hopefully, I will be an old man when it does — I want to leave knowing the organization is in a better place," Moore said. "We got the opportunity to build on the success Allard Baird had and the next person who gets this challenge and opportunity, hopefully, can build on the success we have had."

With files from The Associated Press