Dodgers interested in Guillen
Posted on: August 10, 2010 4:38 pm
It looks like Jose Guillen's next move will be west as the Dodgers have interest in the former Royal outfielder, ESPN's Enrique Rojas tweets .
The Giants have also been rumored to have some interest in Guillen.
Guillen was designated for assignment by the Royals last Thursday. Kansas City has five more days to trade or release him. He is owed approximately $3.93 million for the rest of the season and is a free agent after the season.
The 34-year old outfielder led the Royals with 16 home runs and 62 RBI (and had a .255/.314/.429 slashline) when he was DFA'd, but the Royals decided to actually follow through with their youth movement and allow young players to play, including first baseman Kila Ka'aihue, who was one of the minor leagues' best hitters. Ka'aihue has played in seven games so far and has two hits in 20 at-bats since being called up.
Putting Ka'aihue in the lineup has had one other effect, moving Billy Butler from first base to designated hitter. Butler, 24, is the team's best offensive player (.311/.381/.463 with 10 home runs and 55 RBI), but isn't much of a defensive player. He has a career -5.8 UZR at first in his career. However, much like another first baseman for a 60-loss team , Butler doesn't want to be a DH.
"I'll keep doing early work at first base, keep working hard," Butler told the Kansas City Star 's Bob Dutton . "I'm going to do whatever it takes to be a first baseman. That's the way it is. I'm never going to accept being a DH."
-- C. Trent Rosecrans
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