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Middle Infielder/Utility Player – Jose Offerman
Quick trivia question: Who is the all time Kansas City Royals leader in batting average (.306) and on base percentage (.385) with a minimum of 1500 at bats? Chances are, most people would guess George Brett. Instead, the answer happens to be Jose Offerman.
Offerman, who played at first, second and short for the Royals before settling in at second base in his final two seasons, was truly an undervalued player in Kansas City. Perhaps this was due to his arrival coming as the trust began the process of dismantling the team in an effort to turn a profit, but his defensive versatility certainly made him an attractive player.
Add his his solid bat control and ability to work the count, and Offerman was perhaps better than we recall. During his three years in Kansas City, Offerman posted a .306/.385/.419 batting line, hitting 84 doubles and 27 triples while stealing 78 bases. He certainly thrived by driving the ball into the gaps at Kauffman Stadium, using his speed to cause havoc on the basepaths.
Jose Offerman was the type of player that would have fit perfectly with the current Kansas City Royals. As it is, his solid offensive production, and defensive versatility, make him the perfect fit as a utility infielder for the Royals.
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