Ibanez May Be Too Pricey For Royals

According to Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star, Royals officials view Raul Ibanez as the best free agent fit for them.  However, they’re not likely to give him a three-year deal in the $10-12MM range.  They’re also reluctant to surrender their second-round pick to the Mariners.

Dutton says the Royals are "taking a hard look" at Rafael Furcal, who is the best available shortstop and doesn’t cost a draft pick.  However, Dutton doesn’t see the Royals as the high bidder for Furcal either.  The Giants, A’s, and Braves are eyeing Furcal, among others.  Dutton sees the Royals adding a cheaper free agent, someone of the Nick Punto/David Eckstein variety.

Also on the Royals front, Jesse Spector talks to GM Dayton Moore.  Moore denied reports that he’s down on Billy Butler.

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