As the Kansas City Royals continue to look for answers in the wake of Salvador Perez’s knee injury and rehab, the primary name to surface is Ivan Rodriguez, although nothing is official on either side with Pudge. Now another name is surfacing from MLB.com’s Dick Kaegel who says the Royals have been checking in on the Astros catching situation as to Humberto Quintero’s availability.
Kaegel writes, “Quintero, 32, is in his eighth year with the Astros and is signed to a one-year contract for $1 million. However, the Astros have Jason Castro slated to start, and Quintero is competing with Chris Snyder for the backup job. Snyder has had a good camp and Quintero, because of his back problem, has to play catch-up. The Astros also recently signed catcher Landon Powell.”
Quintero hit .240 last season with 2 home runs and 25 RBI. He has spent the last seven seasons with the Astros organization.