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Royals acquire Humberto Quintero and Jason Bourgeois from Astros

Mar 20, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

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Kansas City has added a pair of bench players by acquiring catcher Humberto Quintero and outfielder Jason Bourgeois from the Astros for minor leaguer Kevin Chapman and a player to be named later.

Quintero became expendable in Houston with Jason Castro back from injury and veteran Chris Snyder signed this offseason, but his ineptitude offensively makes him little more than a mediocre backup. He’ll split time behind the plate with Brayan Pena until Salvador Perez returns from knee surgery around midseason.

Bourgeois brings speed and defense to a fourth outfielder role, but he’s 30 years old and has hit just .262 with two homers and a .631 OPS in 192 games as a big leaguer. His minor-league production isn’t a whole lot better, so presumably he’ll back up Lorenzo Cain rather than steal his playing time.

Chapman was the Royals’ fourth-round pick in 2010 and has racked up impressive strikeout numbers in the low minors, so he’s a pretty solid haul for a pair of bench guys regardless of who the PTBNL turns out to be.

  1. royalsfaninfargo - Mar 20, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    Im glad they did this and didnt sign Ivan Rodriguez.

  2. stex52 - Mar 20, 2012 at 5:41 PM

    Wow! A trade for the Astros that makes sense! Am I dreaming?

    Seriously, I will miss Q a bit. Extremely solid defensive catcher. He could just never quite hit out of the .230’s. I hope he gets a shot to play some.

  3. danielcp0303 - Mar 20, 2012 at 7:02 PM

    Got rid of these two for an average bullpen guy, keeps getting worse for us Astros fans.

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Mar 21, 2012 at 1:30 PM

      The PTBNL is supposed to be the key piece, so hold your opinion.

  4. posterkid88 - Mar 21, 2012 at 7:01 AM

    Joey Gaithright, Josh Anderson, Scott Podsednik, Gregor Blanco, Jason Bourgeois… Dayton Moore’s continues to stock up on light-hitting outfielders who can steal bases.

  5. spudchukar - Mar 21, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    Bourgeois is better than reported here. Cain is still a question mark, and the addition of Bourgeois makes sense.

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