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Salvador Perez to Return to Royals

Once Salvador Perez was sent to Omaha for rehab, it was only a matter of time, so the news that he’s set to be activated from the 60 day disabled list following his spring knee surgery isn’t shocking.

But it sure feels like a boost.

The saga started earlier tonight as the Omaha Storm Chasers set their lineup. Perez was in as the DH but a couple of notables tweeted that Sal was no longer in the lineup, nor listed as available off the bench.

His agent also confirmed that he’s headed to Kansas City.*

*Thanks to reader Jon Saddler for pointing out that the tweet from Sal’s agent has since been deleted. The Royals are notable for preventing leaks from the front office so they must have made a friendly phone call…

Perez started his rehab assignment on June 7 and could have remained in Omaha, barring setbacks, until the 27th. So again, it was just a matter of time, but Perez returns with the Royals starting to pick up steam and about to open a series against the Cardinals that’s very nearly sold out.

No announcement has been made by the team yet, but that’s often due to no corresponding move being finalized. Because Perez is coming off the 60 day disabled list, the Royals must clear a spot on the 40 man roster either by trade, designating someone for assignment or moving a player to the 60 day disabled list from the 15 day. The Royals could keep three catchers for a while, but ultimately, one of Humberto Quintero or Brayan Pena will have to go. Pena is the popular choice by fans to stay. Quintero is the more likely, if for no other reason than he was acquired this spring in a trade that sent two minor leaguers with potential to the Astros and the Royals may want to justify the deal by keeping him as the backup.

Perez had 17 hits in 50 at bats during his rehab stint and caught in eight of the twelve games he saw in Omaha.


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  • mmeade17

    I’m sure I speak for a majority of people with remaining brain cells when I say that it would be an incredible mistake for the Royals to keep Quintero over Pena. Making moves to justify other moves is a terrible roster management practice and is entirely ego centered (as opposed to winning centered). Pena is so beloved in the club house, so beloved by fans, and offers a switch hitting option at catcher. Is he as good a defender as Quintero? Probably not. But he’s a much better hitter, and the defensive difference isn’t nearly wide enough to justify keeping Quintero and losing someone who has managed to become a leader despite the fact that he doesn’t even start. Keep Quintero over Pena and GMDM will have taken a significant chunk out of this team’s soul.
    Fanzi be with you.

  • Alan_Barrington

    Praise the Lord, our Salvador is nigh!

  • michael.allen.engel

     @mmeade17 Yeah keeping Quintero seems like throwing good money after bad. Just not a fan, as is pretty clear to most. 

  • JonSaddler

    I feel like this was a mistweet by his agent because his agent deleted the tweet….

  • michael.allen.engel

     @JonSaddler Interesting. I bet you’re right. 
    The Royals keep a pretty tight ship so until something’s official, they must have made a suggestion that he take it down. 
    Good catch, Jon. 

  • ArrowFan

     @michael.allen.engel I say the trades are all ready justified in the fact that Quintero filled his roll and the Royals are only 5 games back from 500.  I say park him in at Omaha until you can work out a trade for him, but don’t be in a hurry because he may still be needed.

  • ArrowFan

    With the current surprising sucsess of our pitching staff I wonder how much credit goes to Pena or Quintero?  Who has a statistical advantage?  Either way we need to keep both of them around through July.

  • michael.allen.engel

     @ArrowFan If they can get him to Omaha, that’d be acceptable, but both catchers are out of options so they’d have to be designated for assignment and then clear waivers to do it. That makes me think that the Royals wouldn’t want to lose Quintero for nothing after what they paid. No, that shouldn’t matter – if something, anything, isn’t performing and needs replaced, it’s best to just cut the losses and move on, but baseball and backup catchers aren’t the only places where people will still try to make it work. 

  • michael.allen.engel

     @ArrowFan Going by Catcher ERA (which is not really a great measurement but it gives some idea at least), it’s Pena 3.98, Quintero 4.01. So a wash basically. Trying to find team’s record with each player this year. It’s always tough to quantify a catcher’s defense, though. Quintero has about 90 more innings and twice as many wild pitches, but he’s not the one throwing so the “wildness” of each pitch he has to block isn’t noted in a box score, just that he didn’t block one. I’ve said before that I don’t think Quintero is as good defensively as his reputation and Pena’s not as bad as his reputation so….
    Simple answer, I don’t know. Pretty close. 

  • mmeade17

     @ArrowFan  @michael.allen.engel I totally agree. This is no knock on Quintero. He’s done his job admirably (not well but admirably). He’s been exactly what people thought he would be, maybe a little more clutch at times, and it helped the Royals when they needed it. Now, it’s time for him to go away.