Nearly three hours before the series finale with the Cleveland Indians, Kansas City finally did the inevitable: They designated Omar Infante for assignment. The Royals signed Infante to a 4-year deal before the 2014 season for just over $30 million, and will eat about $14 million between now and 2018. Dayton Moore commented on having to let Omar Infante go with so many dollars left as "a mistake you don't like to make."The team has recalled Brian Flynn from Omaha to take his roster spot.
Ned Yost on decision to DFA Omar Infante: "We needed a pitcher."
— Rustin Dodd (@rustindodd) June 15, 2016
This move came without any surprise. Infante didn’t even get a shot to play when Whit Merrifield was in LF, rather the team decided to hit Christian Colon against the lefties in the last Chicago series. Infante has played in just 39 games this year, and slashed .239/.279/.321 with only 10 XHB and 11 RBIs. His offense had always been the issue, but now with a deteriorating glove, the Royals almost had no choice but to pay him his remaining money, and let him go.
The DFA’ing of Infante isn’t a significant loss, and his role will be filled with ease by Whit Merrifield and Christian Colon. In Merrifield’s 23 games this season, he has hit .326/.340/.501 with 12 of his 31 hits being for extra bases. He’s got a solid glove and an above average arm. Christian Colon, who has spent parts of the last three seasons with the team, is averaging .300 in his 83 games played.
Omar Infante has had a very solid Major League Career. He’s spent 15 years in the league, mostly with Detroit, and has one All-Star Game appearance. He’d never been great for the Royals, but he got the job done. His home run off of Hunter Strickland in the 2014 World Series will always be one of the best memories Royals’ fans have of Infante.
Eating $14 million can’t be easy, but that’s what winning teams do. It’s very refreshing to know that Dayton Moore is always doing what’s best for the team, and not for individual people. It’s tough to see a guy lose his job, but it’s even tougher to watch a .230 hitter waste space on the roster when there could be productivity in his place.
Ned says his emergency backup infielder is Drew Butera. Drew says he is not Esky but he can get by #Royals
— Jeffrey Flanagan (@FlannyMLB) June 15, 2016
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The inevitable happened. The Royals finally parted ways with Omar Infante, designating him for assignment this afternoon. The writing has been on the wall for a while now. Infante had seen a drastic decline in his playing time of late, as his last start ... Read more