Olivo back for 2009 (and 2010?), KC Makes Other Moves
Whew! They call the baseball off season the “Hot Stove”. Here in Kansas City, just five days after the Phillies secured the final out of the World Series, that “Hot Stove” is already a roaring.
Royals GM Dayton Moore and his trusted staff has assembled in Dana Point, Calif. for the GM Meetings, which began today. Around The Horn seriously doubts Moore and his staff will be spending most days enjoying the beautiful Southern California weather (although who can complain about this KC weather?!?). Instead, they’ll be incredibly busy discussing items (including trade talk) with other Baseball Operations folks around baseball.
Case in point:
The Royals acquired slugger Mike Jacobs last Thursday and today assured that a former Jacobs’ teammate will return to the squad in 2009.
Catcher Miguel Olivo and the Royals both exercised their options for the 2009 season. What
this means is Olivo will bring his power bat, strong throwing arm and infectious smile back to the Royals next season. In addition to guaranteeing the 2009 contract, the Royals and Olivo added a mutual option for 2010.
As the Royals attempt to finalize a winter version of their 40-man roster, KC has added catcher Brayan Pena to
the mix, selecting his contract from Omaha. Pena, if
you’ll recall, was claimed from the Braves in late May. He is 26 and a switch-hitting catcher who, as many Sports Illustated junkies can tell you, was featured in that magazine earlier this year along with life-long friend, Yunel Escobar, about their separate journeys from Cuba to the Major Leagues.
As some are added to the 40-man roster this time of year, some are also removed. Today, the Royals outrighted both catcher Matt Tupman and pitcher Yasuhiko Yabuta to Omaha. In addition, shortstop Angel Sanchez was claimed on Outright Waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays.
The moves do not necessarily preclude Tupman or Yabuta from making the Royals in 2009, but make their climb a bit tougher.
Keep checking this blog for more updates and excitement from the GM Meetings and beyond.