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Report: Royals Are 'Really Pushing' To Trade Jose Guillen

This shouldn't come as a big surprise but Jose Guillen is considered trade-able by the Royals.

Common sense tells you that a guy whose hitting is up close to the trade deadline, nearing the end of his contract and isn't part of the future would be considered trade bait.

Per ESPN's Buster Olney, Guillen is available and the Royals are pushing the issue:

Heard this: The Royals are really pushing to move Jose Guillen, and continue to tell teams they will eat a lot of dollars.

Again, this shouldn't be a surprise but the Royals need to do the right thing, move Guillen and get something for him while they can.

He's stepped up his game in recent weeks -- even if it is a lot of singles -- and his current 21-game hitting streak is evidence of that.

So who could acquire Guillen?

The money shouldn't be a huge issue because, as Olney reports, the Royals are willing to eat some of it. Guillen signed a three-year, $36 million contract in 2007. He's in the final year and is due $6.39 million, according to MLB Trade Rumors.

Which contenders could use a potential offensive boost?  An American League club makes the most sense.  The White Sox and Rays don't have much at DH.  The Yankees are another consideration.  The Padres and Giants could be suitors, if they'd dare let Guillen play the outfield full-time again.

Logic would say AL since he's not really a reliable everyday player anymore. However, we're only talking half a season here. It's possible some team is willing to take that gamble (and if you're in a pennant race, you're usually willing to gamble).

David DeJesus is the hot name being thrown around, but it appears his name will have some company in the rumor mill.