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Royals deny Braves permission to interview Dayton Moore

The former Braves executive will stay in Kansas City.

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Royals GM Dayton Moore will stay in Kansas City.
Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

With John Coppolella out as Braves GM thanks to rampant allegations of his misconduct ranging from breaking international bonus spending rules to mistreatment of his employees, the team’s President of Baseball Operations (and interim GM) John Hart has since been on the lookout for Coppolella’s replacement. However, that replacement will not be Royals GM Dayton Moore, as Royals owner David Glass denied Atlanta permission to interview his front office leader.

Moore worked for the Braves from 1994-2006, climbing the ladder within the front office to become Assistant General Manager in his last ten months with the club, before taking his current job with the Royals. Thanks to his tenure with the Braves and thus his familiarity with team Vice Chairman John Schuerholtz, Moore had long been speculated as a potential if not likely replacement for Coppolella since his resignation, most likely with Hart above him. However, with Hart in the way and considering his current standing with the Royals, a move to Atlanta would not be considered a lateral move; it could in fact be considered something of a demotion. Thus, Glass did not have to grant Atlanta any permission to interview Moore.

So, the Braves will continue their hunt for a replacement for Coppolella, and considering the turmoil within the Braves' front office, that person will in all likelihood come from the outside. Moore will now enter his 12th season at the top of the Royals' baseball operations department.