KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ The Kansas City Royals have reached a deal to hire Dayton Moore of the Atlanta Braves as general manager, The Associated Press has learned.

A source close to the negotiations said Wednesday that the agreement with Moore, 39, will give him complete control of baseball operations for the floundering Royals, who are on pace to lose 100 games for the fourth time in five years.

The source asked not to be named because an official announcement was not expected until later Wednesday.

A native of Wichita, Kan., Moore joined the Braves as a scout in 1994 and in 2005 was named assistant general manager for baseball operations.

He will assume his new duties next week, after the amateur draft June 6-7.