With Kansas City on pace for a third straight 100-loss season, the Royals finally decided to put GM Allard Baird out of their misery. Having traded away Carlos Beltran (not that they could have afforded to keep him) and stripped their minor league cupboard bare, Baird leaves the Royals with little more than the label of "perennial doormat." He will be replaced by Braves Assistant GM Dayton Moore.
Moore, by the looks of things, will have his work cut out for him: None of the Royals' everyday hitters has an OPS above .800, and only one of their starting pitchers has an ERA below 5.00 (Scott Elarton is scraping by with a 4.94). When the best thing you can say about your roster is that Jose Lima is no longer on it, you've got issues.