Dayton Moore came to Kansas City in 2006, replacing feckless general manager Allard Baird, caretaker of several lousy years of Royals baseball. Moore's move was a puzzling one, given that he was seen as heir apparent to one of the more coveted jobs in baseball: general manager of the Atlanta Braves. Moore's new job wasn't an easy one, and it has looked at times to be a futile effort. But Moore has built a formidable farm system, the only way a small market team can succeed, and he appears to have developed enough talent to sustain a decent lineup — one less susceptible to poaching by bigger market teams that have lured away up-and-comers Carlos Beltran and Johnny Damon in the Royals' past. Still, Moore hasn't been afraid to dispense with sacred cows such as Cy Young winner Zack Greinke or making big bets by dealing well-regarded prospect Wil Myers, who was sent to Tampa Bay for top pitcher James Shields. The result of Moore's work is the unthinkable: relevant Royals baseball in late September.