The Royals rumors are heating up and not just when it comes to trading guys away. The Kansas City Royals are reportedly interested in adding infielder Trevor Plouffe to their roster for the 2017 season.
It’s been an interesting offseason for the Kansas City Royals. From trading Wade Davis for Jorge Soler to just recently shipping Jarrod Dyson to Seattle in exchange for Nate Karns, Dayton Moore and the Royals are doing work this winter.
One of the most recent names to pop up on the Royals rumors radar is infielder Trevor Plouffe, who the boys in blue have faced quite a bit over the last seven years. Plouffe has spent his entire career with the Minnesota Twins and is now on the free agent market.
According to Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe, the Kansas City Royals have thrown their name into the Trevor Plouffe ring.
"Plouffe’s career with the Twins went poof. He was released and now is an intriguing extra piece for a team that might be looking for a bargain and the potential for a high return. The Braves also expressed interest, and the Royals as well, if they’re thinking about moving Mike Moustakas."
Obviously the potential news of Mike Moustakas playing elsewhere in 2017 is the biggest shock factor there, but if the Royals don’t feel they can re-sign him, then it might be the best move to make.
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Plouffe has experience at first base, third base, and at shortstop. The Royals have Alcides Escobar at shortstop and his eventual replacement (Raul Mondesi Jr.) in waiting. Eric Hosmer is also in the “could be traded” batch with Moose, but between the two, I’d expect Moose to be the one to go. That’s just me though.
Trevor Plouffe wouldn’t be a great addition to the Royals, as he’s struggled at the plate in the past few seasons. Last year he slashed .260/.303/.420 with 12 home runs for Minnesota and never has had higher than that .260 batting average he posted last season.
With the Red Sox and Braves both pushing for Plouffe and the Royals also looking at Aaron Hill, who’s to say how serious this rumor is. The Royals rumors have been flowing all winter long and this is just another one to keep an eye on as spring training draws nearer.
Connor Byrne of MLB Trade Rumors did mention that Plouffe has had more success against lefties than he has against right-handers.
"Plouffe has had more success versus lefties (.268/.344/.465) than righties (.239/.294/.403) during his career."
Obviously we’ll have to see what happens with Hosmer and Moustakas, but this could be a very interesting turn of events for the KC Royals and their fanbase.