March 12, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Kansas City Royals right fielder Jeff Francoeur (21) hits in the first inning during a spring training game against the Oakland Athletics at Phoenix Municipal Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas City Royal Rumor Mill: Jeff Francoeur & Luke Hochevar

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.

 

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.

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While the first of these two rumors listed above should really be no-brainers, the one concerning Hochevar is a bit puzzling. It is understandable that the Royals would want to trade him but why is the asking price high. They should be willing to send him off for a bucket of balls and a steak dinner for Dayton Moore the next time the Royals come to town., especially if they can find someone to take him and not require the Royals to pay much of the $4.56 million for which Hochevar was tendered.
The Royals have less than two weeks to solidify their Opening Day roster, with or without Hochevar, with or without a strong left handed right fielder, and with either Brett Hayes or George Kottaras caddying for Salvador Perez. We will keep our ears to the ground.

 

Tags: Brett Hayes George Kottaras Jeff Francoeur Kansas City Royals Luke Hochevar

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