While he says that either starting pitcher Luke Hochevar or outfielder
Jeff Francoeur could be traded this offseason, Bob Dutton of The Kansas City Star
doesn’t believe the Kansas City Royals will simply dump either player.
Understand many want @royals to dump Hochevar and Francoeur for whatever available. Either could be traded. Don't see either being dumped.
— Bob Dutton (@Royals_Report) December 24, 2012
Based on Dutton’s comments, it would appear that a majority
of Royals’ fans want the team to trade Hochevar and Francoeur for whatever they
can get. However, he doesn’t expect either player to simply be dumped for the
sake of making a move or removing them from the roster.
Francoeur posted career-highs in several offensive
categories in 2011, hitting .285/.329/.476 with 47 doubles and 20 home runs.
However, the 28-year-old came back to earth last season, hitting only
.235/.287/.378 with 26 doubles and 16 home runs over 561 at-bats.
Hochevar has made 63 starts for the Royals over the past two
seasons despite his ugly ERA of 5.19.
Kansas City dealt top outfield prospect Wil Meyers earlier
this offseason so they may not be willing to part with Francoeur, especially
for nothing in return. However, with the additions of Ervin Santana and James
Shields and the re-signing of Jeremy Guthrie, Hochevar may not be depended on
as much this season.
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