When I finished eating dinner tonight I found out the news that the KC Royals have finally made one of their winter meetings rumors come true. They signed second baseman Omar Infante to a four-year, $30.25 million deal with incentives (according to ESPN’s Buster Olney). WOW!
I have always like Infante since his super-utility man days with Atlanta. I just did not think the Royals would go all out to beat out the NY Yankees, who was the other team really pushing for Infante‘s services. Plus, he will be 32 years old when the season starts and who knows if he will still be able to play every day by the time he is 36.
Infante hit .318 last season with the American League Central champion Detroit Tigers. He hit 24 doubles and ten home runs and played pretty good defense (he committed ten errors). His 12-year career average is .279.
My guess is that he moves back into a utility role and maybe pushes Mike Moustakas at third base. He could also spell some of the outfielders, which may mean Jarrod Dyson or David Lough would be playing in Triple-A in 2014. I expect Bonifacio to get some time at second base too, with Infante playing some third base (especially if Moose does not hit).
With this deal, I wonder which players are on the chopping block to clear payroll space for 2014. Billy Butler? I do not know if Seattle is interested anymore with all the moves they have made over the last week. Some of the relievers? That would be more likely.
I would also think the Royals will dangle fellow second baseman Johnny Giavotella in a trade because the poor guy needs a new team so he can get a legitimate chance in the big leagues.
Do you like/dislike this deal?