MLB Rumors: Kansas City Royals Committed to Moving Jeff Francoeur?
Despite what ESPN might suggest, the constant flow of MLB rumors is not restricted to the big markets, big money teams and biggest names. Teams such as the Kansas City Royals often play a prominent role in trade speculation and will sometimes even pull the trigger on some high profile deals. 2009 Cy Young Award winner Zack Greinke had his coming out party as a member of the Kansas City Royals before being dealt prior to the 2011 season. Not to mention most of us remember that Carlos Beltran donned the white and blue during his first stint in the Show Me State before being traded in 2004. Jeff Francoeur won’t have the same impact as those two, but he still has the ability to help the contender that acquires him.
Ironically, Francoeur himself is not the main force driving these MLB rumors for the Kansas City Royals. That credit belongs to prospect Wil Myers as he continues to annihilate minor league baseball. Not only is Myers triple slashing .329/.408/.677 between Double and Triple-A, but he has slugged 27 homers and 19 doubles. You could argue that there is no need to start his arbitration clock before it is absolutely necessary, but it would also make a lot of sense to start him on the MLB learning curve. He’s been described by at least one industry insider as a right-handed blend of Mike Moustakas and Eric Hosmer. Enough said.
This brings us back to Jeff Francoeur who is currently blocking Myers from his eventual post in right field. The Royals have waffled on the availability of Francoeur this season, but it makes too much sense to move him and the salary remaining on his 2 year/$13.5 million deal. The Royals will be a regular in the storm of MLB rumors for the next few weeks, but when the dust settles look for Francoeur to be shipped away as the youth movement continues in Kansas City.
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