There are several teams at the 2013 Winter Meetings that are into second baseman Omar Infante. However, it will most likely come down to either the New York Yankees or Kansas City Royals. The good news for the Royals is that they just might have the edge in the Infante sweepstakes.
The reason why Kansas City has an edge is because New York recently offered Infante a three-year deal. The bad part for the Yankees is that the 31-year-old is looking for a contract that is worth $40 million over four years. If the Royals are smart enough to give him that deal then there is no question they will have themselves a new second baseman.
Obviously, Kansas City desperately needs a second baseman after the dismal performance by Chris Getz last season. Infante isn’t going to be much of an offensive threat, although he did post a .318 batting average in 2013. What he will do is provide stellar defense, add as many as 10 home runs and knock in anywhere between 30 and 50 RBI. Either way, he is a definite upgrade over Getz.
It’s peculiar that the Yankees wouldn’t give Infante a fourth year, especially since they need someone to replace the hole that Robinson Cano left at second base. With that being said, Infante’s age could be a concern and New York has given its fair share of pricey contracts to aging players.
It will be interesting to see if Kansas City has what it takes to add the fourth year and continue the improvement of the roster.