Despite Dayton Moore’s public indifference toward Jose Guillen’s steroid history, Dutton says that is one reason the Royals are moving toward Hunter. They can definitely afford him, even if they have to pay a premium for being a year or two off from contending. Signing Hunter could open the door to a David DeJesus trade. Dutton’s sources present a contrast of opinion, with one calling Hunter a top priority and another considering him a long shot.
Moore surprised the baseball world by outbidding many teams for Gil Meche’s services a year ago. That deal looks solid 20% through, and may have added some legitimacy for Kansas City when entertaining free agents.