12/05/12 8:50 PM ET
Moore still looking for pitcher to lead rotation
By Dick Kaegel / MLB.com
"I think our lineup is solidified with who we are and what we're trying to do with the future. There's stability there," Moore said early Wednesday night. "Our sense and our focus is simply improving from the top down [in the pitching staff]. We want to improve what we currently have."
As the annual baseball convention neared its final day at the Opryland Hotel, there had been scarce movement on signings or trades for such front-line pitchers as Zack Greinke, Anibal Sanchez, Ryan Dempster, Kyle Lohse, James Shields or R.A. Dickey.
And it's that type of pitcher that intrigues Moore. He's not interested in spending millions or swapping prime lineup talent for No. 3, 4 or 5 pitchers.
"We want pitchers that have the mindset of a No. 1 starter where they give us innings," Moore said. "And they compete and they prepare and they expect to win. So we're going to continue to develop and acquire pitchers with those kinds of ingredients."
But the competition is fierce as agent Scott Boras, who represents Lohse, pointed out to reporters late Wednesday.
"I think for all the starters, those guys that can fill No. 1 roles, it's pretty aggressive," Boras said. "I think we've met with I don't know how many teams the last three days, but every team is telling you [they] need a starter. And I think everybody is waiting for the cascade of that market to kind of unfold. And once it does, I think you'll see a lot of things happen more rapidly."
What makes a No. 1 pitcher?
"I think that's a guy that's pitched like a No. 1 the last three years," Boras said. "Certainly Kyle falls into that. Greinke falls into that. Certainly guys that are young and that have age and velocity. Sanchez had a good postseason."
Rumors of a "mega-deal," a deal involving multiple teams, including the Royals, swept through the vast hotel on Wednesday. Other teams supposedly involved included Tampa Bay, Texas, Cleveland and Arizona.
"I'm not aware of any mega-deal," Moore said.
Multi-team deals are naturally complex and could take days or weeks to construct, long after the baseball execs have gone back home.
Meantime, the Royals were focusing on their single-minded quest for a premium-quality starting pitcher. Could something happen before Moore leaves Nashville on Thursday morning?
"It might," he said.
Bo discusses upcoming documentary
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Royals fans watching the video clips at Kauffman Stadium last season saw Bo Jackson hitting monster home runs, climbing an outfield wall and making The Throw in Seattle. At times, the two-sport star seemed like Superman as he played baseball for the Royals and football for the Raiders.
Jackson, in a teleconference on Wednesday promoting a new documentary on his extraordinary career, said it was all normal for him. He didn't consider himself "a phenomenon" as one questioner called him.
"I would never call myself that. I'm just being me. I think you all labeled me as that, or the phrase that most of my buddies, my teammates used, a freak of nature," Jackson said. "But the stuff that I was doing throughout college and through my short pro career, I was doing that when I was a teenager, when I was 12, 13, 14 years old. It was normal to me. My friends and people that I grew up with and parents of my friends, they would say, 'Oh, we used to see him do that all the time. That's nothing new.' And that was normal for me."
The toughest thing about his two-sport career?
"Simple: Going to the supermarket and shopping and trying not to be recognized. That's it," he said. "Because I am the cook in the family, I do all the cooking. I don't allow my wife around sharp objects, so I do all of the cooking ... Sometimes back when I was doing both sports, that got a little hectic going to the supermarket in Kansas City, going to the supermarket in Los Angeles, and that was about it. Everything else was just fine."
Fans can view the new film, "You Don't Know Bo," when it premiers at 8 p.m. CT Saturday on ESPN following the Heisman Trophy presentation.
• Shortstop Alcides Escobar is hitting .349 (15-for-43) in 10 games for Cardenales de Lara in the Venezuelan League. Catcher Salvador Perez's .397 (27-for-68) for Tiburones de La Guaira includes five home runs with 21 RBIs in 16 games.
• There's no stop for any exhibition games for the Royals between the end of spring camp in Arizona and Opening Day on Monday, April 1, at Chicago. They'll leave Surprise for Kansas City after the Cactus League finale against the Indians on Friday, March 29, take Saturday off in KC, then fly to Chicago on Sunday for a workout and open the next day.
• Former Royals Minor League slugger Kila Ka'aihue has signed with the D-backs' organization. The big first baseman never could make it with Kansas City. Last year he hit .234 with four homers, 14 RBIs in 39 games for Oakland. He spent most of his season with Triple-A Sacramento (.256/15/52 in 66 games).
• Royals alumni will serve lunch on Thursday to children seeking treatment at the Ronald McDonald House in Kansas City. Among them are Royals Hall of Famers Dennis Leonard and Jeff Montgomery.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.