Kansas City Royals prospect Wil Myers has put veteran right fielder Jeff Francoeur on the trading block, reports Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. Meanwhile, Sam Mellinger of The Kansas City Star believes free agent-to-be Zack Greinke could be a fit with the Royals.
While many teams are holding off on making players available until July, Myers’ enormous performance in the minors means Francoeur can be traded without any claim or thought the Royals have thrown in the towel, according to Heyman.
On the year, Myers has hit at a clip of .342/.404/.724 between Double- and Triple-A. Over his combined 225 at-bats, Myers has totaled 21 home runs, 17 doubles and 56 RBIs.
Heyman believes one potential impediment to a Francoeur trade is his limited value. Francoeur, 28, is making $6 million this season and $7.5 million in 2013. The outfielder has hit at a clip of .272/.312/.415 with 20 extra-base hits and 16 RBIs this season and owns a career OPS of .745.
Despite Zack Greinke’s bad breakup with the Royals, Mellinger believes the starter could be a fit in Kansas City next season.
Greinke, who was selected sixth overall by the Royals in the 2002 MLB Draft, demanded Kansas City trade him after the 2010 season. The Royals granted his request, shipping Greinke and Yuniesky Betancourt to the Milwaukee Brewers for Jake Odorizzi, Lorenzo Cain, Alcides Escobar and Jeremy Jeffress.