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Royals targeting free agent second baseman Omar Infante

Dec 8, 2013, 12:25 PM EDT

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Another thing to monitor at the Winter Meetings …

According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Royals are expressing interest in free agent second baseman Omar Infante and will try to beat out the Yankees for his services. The two clubs engaged in a biding war for outfielder Carlos Beltran — which the Yanks won — and Heyman notes that Kansas City faces an “uphill battle” with its Infante quest.

Infante, 31, hit .318/.345/.450 with 10 home runs and 51 RBI in 118 games this past year for the American League Central-champion Tigers. He seems destined to become the Robinson Cano replacement in New York, but the Royals are going to try hard. Kansas City second basemen batted .243/.296/.304 in 2013.

  1. tc4306 - Dec 8, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    Perez behind the dish, Butler at DH, Gordon, Aoki and Cain in the OF, with Hosmer, Infante, A. Escobar and Moose in the infield would give them a nice lineup both at the plate and in the field.
    Bench would be a backup catcher and three of Bono, Ciriaco, Dyson and Maxwell.
    Pretty good, especially if they get any sort of bounce back years from Butler or Moose.

    • thomas844 - Dec 8, 2013 at 12:44 PM

      If they pull off an Infante trade and then get another solid arm to compliment Shields in the rotation, they will most certainly be contenders in 2014.

  2. kcrobert10 - Dec 8, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    Lets see if we can win this one with the bombers.

    • spudchukar - Dec 8, 2013 at 1:34 PM

      Something tells me they won’t though. But they are probably a little miffed not landing Beltran, so even a signing battle, driving up the Yankees in the process will assuage some of the hurt. Hopefully, I am wrong, cause the Royals need more offense, but having to convince Infante he has as good of a chance to reach the post-season with the Royals, is a tough sell, even if it is accurate.

  3. phillysports1 - Dec 8, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    Moose sucks .

    • spudchukar - Dec 8, 2013 at 1:31 PM

      So far that is fairly accurate. The Royals hoping he can live up to his much ballyhooed reputation.

  4. 18thstreet - Dec 8, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    Can we do some sort of crowdsourcing to help the Royals outbid the Yankees? If everyone who reads this blog contributes a mere $40,000 each annually for the life of the contract, we can help put a real dent in the Yankees’ plans.

    Who’s with me?

    Won’t someone please thing of the poor, struggling, Walmart heirs who own the Royals?

  5. blynch67 - Dec 8, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    THEY are Walmart heirs?

    Screw ’em, they have more money than even Robinson Cano.

    • cackalackyank - Dec 8, 2013 at 4:47 PM

      They have more money than Pujols, A-rod, CC, Hamilton and Cano put together x@ 500.

  6. leylandshospicenurse - Dec 8, 2013 at 2:34 PM

    Not a Wal Mart heir. He was a CFO and CEO between 1979-2000. So he has some money but he isn’t stupid with it.

  7. insidefastball - Dec 8, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    The Royals can’t sign Infante. That would actually make sense for them. I am surprised they did not try to bring back Betancourt.

  8. tuucamaron - Dec 8, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    infante is the perfect guy to make us Yankees fans forget about Robinson canot hustle,280 12 65 with an nice glove

    • Kevin S. - Dec 8, 2013 at 5:05 PM

      And he’s maybe a quarter of the player Cano is. If Infante makes you forget about Cano, you are an idiot. Sorry, no room for subjectivity there. That’s objective fact.

      • tuucamaron - Dec 8, 2013 at 7:20 PM

        ok Einstein go ahead and pay him 250 for 10 years and then see how everybody laughs at you for overpay,SUPER IDIOT,

      • Kevin S. - Dec 8, 2013 at 7:40 PM

        Salary or no, Infante isn’t nearly good enough to make any rational Yankee fan “forget” about Robinson Cano. It’s a massive talent downgrade. If the freed-up resources are used elsewhere for star-caliber players, *they* might be capable of making a Yankee fan forget Cano, but Infante has a snowball’s chance in hell. He’s the best among “meh” alternatives.

      • tuucamaron - Dec 8, 2013 at 11:37 PM

        I know cano is 310 30 100 automatically for the next 6 years,no other second baseman is capable of those numbers with a gold glove,but I saw Boston from the basement to world champions with the victorinos,napoli,drew and a bunch of guys who weren’t superstars but wanted to play hard,plus I will never forget last year playoffs,he was terrible,I would love to have him at 2nd,for 7 years and 175m,not a penny more,I don’t want one player to kind of handicapping the franchise because we overpaid him,and my apologies for calling you names you a smart man and I respect your opinion

  9. cackalackyank - Dec 8, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    The one advantage that I think the Royals might retain is that any savy negotiator upped the asking price for Infante by at least 10% when the Cano news broke. This could put the Yankees in the mind set that ‘We wouldn’t “overpay” Cano, we CERTAINLY won’t “overpay” for Infante’. While that plays out in Yankeeland someone could slip in and sign him. Why not the Royals?

  10. pisano - Dec 9, 2013 at 8:57 AM

    cackalackyank… I don’t see that happening. If the Yankees see him as their best option, they’ll get him. We’ll know in a few days. With the insane contract Cano was looking for, everything else is small potatoes.

  11. jakefishh - Dec 9, 2013 at 2:49 PM

    I dont want to drop too much on Infante. He’s a solid player, dont get me wrong. But last year was by far his best year. I would rather us give Christian Colon a shot and if he doesnt work out, give it to Emilio Bonifacio. In a couple years we have 3 solid middle infield prospects coming in and I dont want to make the same mistake Seattle did, although in a much smaller scale, and handicap ourselves.

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