The Kansas City Royals have had a relatively quiet offseason up to this point. The most noise that has come out of Kansas City was the potential signing of Carlos Beltran, but that didn’t happen as he signed with the Yankees. With the Norichika Aoki trade being the main move so far, it’s time to make a splash. Second base seems to be the spot that needs to be filled and Omar Infante could be that guy.
Who he is
The Royals should be pretty familiar with second baseman Omar Infante as he has spent most of his career with the Detroit Tigers, on two occasions specifically. Infante, a soon to be 32-year-old second baseman, has been a pretty solid player in his 12 years in the big leagues. He has put up decent numbers both hitting and in the field. It would make a lot of sense for the Royals to take a shot at him in free agency.
Why it makes sense
The Royals have had a glaring hole at second base over the past few seasons, and with Chris Getz out of the picture, the Royals need a consistent starter. Johnny Giavotella has not been the big league player he has been in Triple-A, Christian Colon has yet to make his big league debut, and Emilio Bonifacio could be a very valuable utility player that can be more than just a second baseman.
I do not think money is an issue with the Royals in trying to sign Infante to a deal. It was said they offered a 3 year, $45 million deal to Beltran, so if that is the case, then obviously there is money to shell out to Infante considering the most he has made in a single season is $4 million. This would also leave room for the Royals to sign another pitcher as well, and we all know just how valuable depth in pitching is. Infante reportedly was offered a 3-year, $24 million dollar deal by the Yankees, but is seeking 4 years and $40 million. If 3/$45 was offered to Beltran, then 4/$40 would be money that could be spent and more efficiently.
Infante would be a great sign for the Royals and would put them ahead of where they were last year in the infield. Infante has also played shortstop, third base, and all three outfield positions. Infante, as well as Bonifacio, could be great assets to the Royals, as both can be valuable to a ball team at many different positions.
Infante could be a great short-term solution for the Royals. A two or three year deal is pretty reasonable for a 32-year old player who has shown he can be an everyday position player. I would like to believe Christian Colon is the future for the Royals at second base, but until then, Infante could start for the club, and possibly mentor Colon until he is ready to play everyday.
Infante would be a great addition to the Kansas City Royals and a move that GM Dayton Moore and manager Ned Yost need to seriously consider in the next couple of weeks. I can’t imagine Infante will go too much longer without a job for 2014 and the faster the Royals act, the quicker the club can start to work towards possible playoff hopes this coming season.
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