Mike Arbuckle is joining the Kansas City Royals.
ESPN.com reported today that Arbuckle, the former Phillies' assistant general manager, will be a senior adviser to general manager Dayton Moore. Arbuckle has a home in nearby Liberty, Mo., so this will give him a chance to sleep in his own bed more often. Arbuckle led the player development operation for the Phillies when they drafted Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Cole Hamels and others. The Royals certainly could use Arbuckle to unearth similar talents for them.
Arbuckle left the Phillies after he was told Ruben Amaro Jr. would get the GM job in Philadelphia. But because of his tremendous track record there was no doubt he would land on his feet elsewhere.