The Pittsburgh Pirates are on the verge of a couple of moves, according to MLB Trade Rumors Luke Adams, that would lead to a new home for a former Royal and feature another homecoming. Wilson Betemit, who the Royals sent to the Detroit Tigers in a midseason deal, has earned the interest of the Pirates while Nate McLouth could come back to the place where he was most successful.
Adams writes, ‘We heard yesterday about Pittsburgh’s interest in a reunion with McLouth, who hit .228/.344/.333 in 321 appearances with the Braves this season. Betemit, meanwhile, did not receive an arbitration offer from the Tigers and hit the free agent market coming off a season in which he posted a .795 OPS in 359 plate appearances in Detroit and Kansas City."
The Royals could actually use a player like Betemit at this point to provide some infield depth as well as veteran leadership and utility help for the infield that’s very young at every spot. Yet the Royals have been linked to some third base platoon help, so they’re likely to get someone — perhaps Carlos Guillen or Casey Blake sometime this off-season.