"We led all of baseball (last season) in passed balls and wild pitches," general manager Dayton Moore said. "That will be fixed in 2010. Our defense in general is our main objective to fix before next season. And it starts behind the plate."
The Royals bought out Miguel Olivo, and hope to find a legitimate replacement before being forced to discuss a contract with arbitration-eligible John Buck.
The KC Star mentions one trade in the works that would send Royals second baseman Alberto Callaspo to the Dodgers for catcher A.J. Ellis. Callaspo, who would take over at second base for the Dodgers, hit .300 with 11 home runs in his first full season of regular playing time.
Ellis, 28, is a .277 career hitter in the minor leagues with a .397 on-base percentage. He has a great eye for the strike zone, and is an excellent fielder behind the dish.
Even with all that said, I don't see why the Royals would ship Callaspo out for a career minor league catcher.