Oct 16, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers second baseman Omar Infante (4) hits a ground rule double against the Boston Red Sox during the fourth inning in game four of the American League Championship Series baseball game at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Kansas City Royals "Agreed to Terms" With Omar Infante

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Tweets from Buster Olney and Jon Paul Morosi suggest the Royals are on the verge of signing second baseman Omar Infante to a four-year deal.

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A four-year deal is not optimal for the soon-to-be 32-year-old second baseman, but the money is $10 million below what he was rumored to be asking for earlier in the offseason. At $7.5 million per year, this puts Kansas City’s 2014 payroll to around $95 million, so that makes Billy Butler   (check out this piece by Joel earlier today) a little more relevant as the Royals may need to shed some payroll.

Infante is a .279/.319/.402 (93 OPS+) hitter over 12 seasons with the Detroit Tigers, Atlanta Braves and Miami Marlins. However, his last six seasons in the majors have been very solid, batting .296/.332/.413 (100 OPS+) with above average defense at second base. He hit .318/.345/.402 last season with the Tigers (113 OPS+) with a 2.4 bWAR. Fangraphs considered him to be slightly more valuable at 3.1 WAR.

The signing of Infante does improve the team significantly at second base from last season to this season. Gone are the awful bats of Chris Getz and Elliot Johnson and in are the much improved Infante and Emilio Bonifacio. If Kansas City can find a way to squeeze out four years of value from Infante then they may have a medium-term solution at second base.

 

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