Friday, August 6, 2010

Royals designate Jose Guillen

The Kansas City Royals cut ties with their highest played player today, dumping outfielder Jose Guillen.  Guillen, in the final year of a 3 year, $36 million deal, was leading the Royals with 16 HR's and 62 RBI's wasn't in the plans of the perpetually rebuilding Royals.

Kansas City, now has 10 days to trade or release Guillen, although Kansas City would be lucky to get a fringe prospect for him.  The Royals recalled pitcher Phillip Humber to take Guillen's place on the roster.

Kevin Says:  It's not very often a team designates their leading power hitter, but their are several reasons why this makes sense.  First, Jose Guillen has an unfortunate history of being a malcontent, and a clubhouse cancer. Second, this expedites a trade, and hopefully the Royals can get something useful for him.  And lastly, Guillen clearly wasn't in the future plans for the Royals,and it gives guys like Mitch Maier and Alex Gordon an opportunity to play every day.  The Giants and the Cardinals could be possible fits for Guillen.

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