One thing is clear about the search for managers

Reports that the KC Royals have interviewed Clayton McCullough tend to confirm the financial parameters of their search for Mike Matheny’s replacement.

The Royals, long known for an almost unwavering reluctance to avoid overspending on free agent players, appear to be taking the same approach to finding Matheny’s successor.

The news of McCullough’s interview, as reported by MLB Network Jon Morosi (Twitter link) and KC beat writer Anne Rogers, among other things, suggests that KC won’t splurge. Adding Dodgers coach McCullough to the list of candidates widely reported to have been interviewed, including KC coaches Pedro Grifol and Vance Wilson, Phillies coach Dusty Wathan, Tampa Bay coach Matt Quatraro and Omaha skipper Scott Thorman, is consistent with the idea that he won ‘ It doesn’t take a lot of money to replace Matheny.

Why the new manager won’t demand that the KC Royals break their bank.

No one knows yet who will hire Kansas City. But who is not on the list of known possibilities says a lot about where the process is going from a financial perspective.

As of this writing, no unemployed managers with successful major league resumes, like Joe Maddon and Joe Girardi, appear to be in the running. And there was no indication that the Royals had pursued three-time World Series champion Bruce Bochy before Rangers signed him last week.

It’s possible, of course, but unlikely, that Kansas City general manager JJ Picollo has reached out to Maddon and/or Girardi — both may demand high salaries that the Royals are unlikely to be willing to pay. And it took a lot of money for Texas GM and former Royals pitcher Chris Young to land Bochy.

But not throwing huge amounts of money at a new manager is OK… and probably prudent. Piles of cash won’t guarantee what this franchise needs – a skipper who can energize and lead a struggling team whose roster is full of promising young players like potential American League Rookie of the Year candidate Bobby Witt Jr., Vinnie Pasquantino, MJ Melendez, Michael Massey, Nate Eaton and Brady Singer (yes, at 26, Singer is still young).

Matheny’s successor must also be committed or willing to embrace analysis and have experience developing inexperienced players.

Inside candidates Grifol, Wilson and Thorman, and outside possibilities Wathan and Quatraro, and now McCullough, seem, at least “on paper,” to fit the Kansas City bill. And because they all share an obvious hole in their resumes – none has ever served as a major league manager – they won’t be asking for big paychecks, at least not the kind that might make you think. the Royals.

Who Picollo hires, and when, remains to be seen. But one thing is clear about his quest: he’s not going to break the bank.

Kansas City’s search for a new manager continues.

Brandon D. James