So long, Humberto. (Photo Credit: Brett Davis-US PRESSWIRE)

Royals DFA Humberto Quintero, Option Francisley Bueno


The Royals calmed some angry voices today by announcing that they have designated catcher Humberto Quintero for assignment. Yes, that .232/.257/.341 line couldn’t save him, and his defense was, well, not all it was cracked up to be, to put it lightly. With “Savior” Salvador Perez back in Royal blue, the team was comfortable letting one of its three catchers go. As Brayan Pena is a team staple at this point, Quintero exited stage right.

So, we all got what we wanted and hoped for, and now the team has an opening, to be filled by outfielder Jason Bourgeois. Bourgeois spent some time in Kansas City earlier in the year and brings in a .294/.323/.357 line from his MLB time last season and a .214/.267/.286 line from 15 plate appearances with the Royals earlier this year. While at Omaha, Bourgeois hit .205/.262/.269 in 168 plate appearances. It’s not as if he’s a home run king or likely to help much beyond what the Royals already have in the lineup, but he’s a warm body that can fill space.

On the other side of the ball, the Royals also optioned 31-year old left-handed pitcher Francisley Bueno to Omaha in exchange for lefty Everett Teaford, who will see his second stint in Kansas City this year as the pitching merry-go-round continues to whirl. Bueno only pitched two innings in his time as a Royal, allowing one run and three hits. Earlier in the season, Teaford threw 11 innings, allowed seven runs and two home runs, walked seven, and struck out four. However, he blazed through lineups in Omaha, pitching 24 innings and allowing four total runs with eight walks and 25 strikeouts. It seems like it’s time for Teaford to return to Kansas City, as AAA batters are offering little challenge.

Basically, the Royals made two logical moves on one day. Quintero wasn’t helping anything and the team doesn’t need three catchers on its 25-man roster. It’s always good to have five outfielders if necessary, even if Bourgeois doesn’t add much to the team.

Still, that raises an interesting question. If Bourgeois is in Kansas City, why couldn’t Wil Myers be there instead? Neither Jarrod Dyson nor Mitch Maier pose much of a threat to taking his playing time, but it’s possible the Royals are waiting for a corner outfield spot to open. Nonetheless, this could be the precursor to a change that sees Myers wearing Royal blue. Because he’s not currently on the 40-man roster, a player would have to be removed, and that could well be Quintero. Once Quintero is off the roster, there will be a hole in the 40-man and the Royals don’t have to worry about removing another player they might actually want to keep. Enter Wil Myers.

Keep an eye on the announcements in the near future. We may see Myers in Kansas City before we know it.

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  • ArrowFan

    What a difference a day makes or should I say a sweep makes.  The good new is at this rate we can almost beat that any given series will be a sweep.  The bad news is we don’t know if it will be us or the other guys on the happy end of the broom!!!!!!!

  • jim fetterolf

    Quintero was an easy call, in spite of some of the chattering class predicting that he would stay so GMDM didn’t look like he was admitting to losing a trade for a AA reliever and a kid in rookie ball. Now the same class is changing the names and claiming Bourgeois is up so it doesn’t look like GMDM lost a trade… Bourgeois is up because he splits well against lefties, whom the Royals will see several of of. After that he goes back down.
    Everett Teaford was less “merry-go-round” than “injury rehab”. He’s healthy and dominated AAA so has returned to his season opening position as lefty swing-man.
    As for Wil Myers, makes little sense to make 40-man roster moves to bring a big prospect up for a week. He’ll be up eventually but when he comes up it will be to stay. A lot depends on Lorenzo Cain and offers for Frenchy and even on whether the coaches think he’s ready. Getting in a hurry and bringing up another Gio or 2011 Moose isn’t a good idea while in the division race.

  • michael.allen.engel

     @jim fetterolf I think the implication is that if Myers took the 40 man spot, he’d be here to stay, not just for a week like is suspected of Bourgeois. 
    Agreed otherwise, though I don’t think it’s right to dismiss the idea that Dayton would have stuck with HQ to save face. Would that have been surprising at all? Methinks not. Glad they went with the younger, switch-hitting option at any rate.