Inevitably these last two week or so of Spring Training, a few rumors start to leak out about player movement as teams scramble to cover injuries, failed prospects, or just plain poor performances, as the season approaches. The Royals are no different.
Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports the Royals are looking for a left handed platoon partner for Jeff Francoeur. Rosenthal states the Royals are not optimistic they will find what they are looking for.
MLB’com’s Angel Gonzalez reports the Angels are keeping an eye on the Royals’ back-up catcher situation as they may have interest in George Kottaras or Brett Hayes. The Angles are in need of a back-up themselves.
Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com reported on twitter last week that the Royals were willing to trade Luke Hochevar but the asking price was high.
Interesting (and surprising) on Hochevar: Teams that asked about trading for him were told Royals wanted quite a bit in return.
— Danny Knobler (@DannyKnoblerCBS) March 13, 2013
This was confirmed by the Kansas City Star’s Bob Dutton in a Q&A session. The question came via twitter.
@DanielSWesley: Rumor has it the #Royals are asking a lot in return to trade Hochevar… any idea what they’re asking for? Is a trade likely?
I’d say it’s more than a rumor. The Royals appear to want a guy who could help the big-league club or a legitimate prospect. Plus, they don’t want to eat a lot of Luke Hochevar’s $4.56 million salary.
At this point, unless they get their price, I think the Royals are quite willing to take a look at Hochevar in the bullpen.Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2013/03/16/4125084/royals-qa-a-rare-8-1-split-squad.html#storylink=cpy