In 1997 Shuerholtz traded Jermaine Dye for Tucker and Keith Lockhart. It was a trade that would haunt him for many years. How many world series would they have won with his bat in their lineup?
John was fuming for years about this and wanted revenge. He considered many different ways to get back at the Royals. Trade them a star pitcher whose arm was about to fall off? That sounded good to him but it wouldn't be painful enough for the already downtrodden Royals. So he thought long and hard and decided to use a similar approach to his most famous trades. That of moving a highly regarded pitcher about to combust.The ole "Trojan Horse" trick.
For this plan he needed a very special person. A person whose pedigree, rise up the system, and perceived value was only matched by his monumental ineptitude.
And in November of 2005 he implemented his long-range plan. He looked deep within his own system and promoted one Dayton Moore.
And now for some excellent reading: