Over the off-season, Dayton Moore inked a real second basemen for the first time in his tenure with the Royals. He signed Omar Infante to a 4 year, $32 million deal. People in Kansas City were ecstatic. Infante was coming off a 2013 season with Detroit in which he hit .318 and was seemingly all we needed at second base.
Well, things don’t always come to fruition. Omar Infante has not been the player that Kansas City envisioned when signing him. It would appear as if Kansas City might have just entered into a contract that they no longer want to be in.
I look at it a different way. I see that we have Omar Infante locked up until the 2018 season begins, and he is still a career .277 hitting second baseman. That is an acceptable number for your second baseman.
What I do not agree with is how the front office is using him. Ignorantly starting him every night and batting him second (with arguably the most stacked lineup Kansas City has had in 20 years) just because they don’t want to admit they were wrong in signing him, is not the way to approach this. He is hitting .190 with a .226 On Base Percentage since the All-Star Break for Pete’s sake!
Now, I’m usually not a guy that likes to mess with good team chemistry, and I am usually pretty superstitious about messing with a lineup with the team is doing well. But they need to admit that he is not doing the Royals any good as of late, and go with the hot hand, Christian Colon, for a while.
Management has been lucky that the Royals just can not be tamed, no matter who plays, or else this ignorance with Infante may have already costed the Royals in a huge way. So play the hot hand before it is too late, or at least move Infante out of the 2-hole!
The Royals have lucked-out so far, but I don’t want to see them test their luck any longer. This is a season for the ages in Kansas City. Let’s not ruin it just because we are paying a guy who is under-performing.
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