The Kansas City Royals have added another quality bat to their lineup by reaching an agreement with free-agent second baseman Omar Infante on a four-year deal.
Buster Olney of ESPN was the first to report the contract, and Jon Heyman of CBS Sports has learned that Infante’s deal is worth just over $30 million.
exact infante guarantee is $30.25M for 4. also has incentives. #royals—
Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 13, 2013
Infante, 31, batted .318 with 10 home runs, 51 RBIs and a .345 on-base percentage in 118 games with the Detroit Tigers in 2013. The veteran infielder also posted a career-high .795 OPS. In the playoffs, Infante was a much less productive player with a .205 batting average, zero home runs, three RBIs and one run scored in 11 games. Detroit lost to the Boston Red Sox in a six-game ALCS series.
One important quality he will bring to the Royals lineup is plate discipline.
Newest KC Royals infielder Omar Infante was 3rd-toughest hitter in AL to strike out last season (9.2% of PA)—
ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) December 13, 2013
Kansas City is hoping that the addition of Infante will help the team improve on an 86-win season and reach the playoffs for the first time since winning the World Series in 1985.
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