Originally posted on Ken Rosenthal Blog  |  Last updated 3/20/12
No team can easily withstand the loss of its closer and starting catcher, and a low-revenue club such as the Kansas City Royals is even more challenged when injuries strike at those positions. The Royals do not expect to find a replacement for closer Joakim Soria, but they addressed their catching void and added outfield depth Tuesday, acquiring catcher Humberto Quintero and outfielder Jason Bourgeois from the Houston Astros. The two veterans cost the Royals minor-league left-hander Kevin Chapman and a player to be named. Quintero, 32, will be a part-time replacement for injured catcher Salvador Perez. Bourgeois, 30, is a right-handed hitter who plays all three outfield positions and even second base. Perez, recovering from surgery on his left knee, is expected to be out until at least June 15. Quintero will share time with Brayan Pena, each possibly playing 2 to 4 times a week. Pena is a switch-hitter. Quintero is a better defender, but offensively challenged, his career OPS is only .589.
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