Just a season after signing him to a four-year, $30.25 million contract, the Kansas City Royals could be prepared to move on from Omar Infante at second base. According to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Royals have made the 32-year old infielder available and are willing to move him for the right price.
Infante posted a .252/.295/.337 batting line to complement six home runs and 66 RBIs in 2014. He did appear in 135 games, however many critics questioned if the Royals would get consistent production from Infante, who batted .318 and drove in 51 runs with the Tigers before becoming a free agent last offseason.
If the Royals are serious about trying to trade Infante, they will likely have to pay a significant portion of his remaining salary. He is due to make $7.5 million in 2015, $7.75 million in 2016, $8 million in 2017, and $10 million or a $2 million buyout in 2018. Christian Colon could take over at second base, or the Royals can explore the market for his replacement.
Kansas City could be trying to eliminate financial committment in order to make an offer to Melky Cabrera, who they are reportedly interested in. San Francisco and Washington could both be interested in Infante.
While they have made Infante available, the Royals are looking to keep their starting pitchers. Instead of trading key parts of the starting rotation, the club is looking to add a front of the rotation arm after losing James Shields, who elected to test the free agent market.
Several teams looking for late inning relief help have also asked the Royals about the avaibility of Greg Holland and Wade Davis. Kansas City reportedly does not want to split up the back end of its bullpen, however the lack of free agent bats may force the club to trade at least one of the two.