KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- OK, so this one comes totally out of left field.
Well, actually, it comes totally out of right field.
Consider this possibility: In search of more offense this off-season, the Royals find it more economically feasible to land a free-agent first baseman or designated hitter than a right fielder.
Therefore, they ask Eric Hosmer -- who has played some right field at this level -- to make the switch from first base to the outfield, much like the switch Alex Gordon made from third base to left field.
The idea is not totally far-fetched, Royals general manager Dayton Moore said.
"Those are good questions or possibilities," Moore told me. "Those are things you ask your staff and things you debate.
"Eric Hosmer can do a lot of things on a baseball field because he is so athletic. The fact that he is left-left (hitter and thrower) puts him in a position to play first base and outfield. But he would do whatever we asked him to do."