Press release from the Royals – they’ve signed catcher Miguel Olivo to a one-year deal with options for both sides for ’09. This is a surprise; there hadn’t been any rumors of KC’s interest.
While allergic to walks, the 29 year-old backstop has above average pop for a catcher. He’s also adept at gunning down attempted thieves. Incumbent 27 year-old catcher John Buck also bats right-handed and has decent power. Perhaps the Olivo signing is designed to push him.