3) Rumors Indicate Royals Have Some Interest In Jose Reyes
ESPN Baseball Tonight analyst Alex Cora reported that the KC Royals are interested in disgraced middle infielder Jose Reyes as a second-baseman, despite his 51-day suspension from MLB for assaulting his wife:
If true, it’s rather interesting that the KC Royals want Reyes to play second base instead of third. Since rookie Whit Merrifield has been getting most of the starts at second base, I suppose that means the Kansas City Royals are looking to move Whit to third base in place of Cheslor Cuthbert or the outfield.
The Reyes rumor suggests that the club isn’t entirely convinced that either Cuthbert or outfielders Paulo Orlando, Brett Eibner, and Jarrod Dyson can handle the lineup spots they currently fill over the long-term. Of course, the Kansas City Royals are looking to defend a title rather than settle for adequate production.
It also tells me that the KC Royals front office doesn’t think Christian Colon can hold down second base over the long-term, or else why would they be pursuing Reyes?
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