Royals Acquire Jason Bourgeois, Humberto Quintero

5:36pm: Luhnow told reporters (including MLB.com's Brian McTaggart) that the player to be named later will be the "key component" of the trade (Twitter links). Astros Sr. Director of Social Media Alyson Footer says it'll be a while before that player is named, however. It's probably worth noting that any player drafted last year can not officially be traded yet, so they can only be included in a deal as a player to be named right now.

3:38pm: The Royals have acquired outfielder Jason Bourgeois and catcher Humberto Quintero from the Astros for minor league left-hander Kevin Chapman and a player to be named later. Both teams have announced the trade.

Bourgeois posted a .294/.323/.357 line with 31 stolen bases last year, while playing all three outfield positions and appearing at second base. The 30-year-old will be arbitration eligible for the first time after the 2012 season.

Quintero, 32, appeared in 79 games last year, posting a .240/.258/.317 line in 272 plate appearances. He'll earn $1MM in 2012 and hit free agency after the season. He and Brayan Pena will share the Royals' catching duties while Salvador Perez recovers from a knee operation.

“Jason and Humberto were a big part of this team last year and both will be missed,” Astros GM Jeff Luhnow stated. “This deal gives us an opportunity to add prospect depth and we are excited about both players coming our way.”

Chapman, a fourth round selection in 2010, split last season between Class A and Double-A in the Royals' minor league system. The 6'4" 24-year-old posted a 4.94 ERA with 13.1 K/9 and 4.1 BB/9 in 62 total innings of relief in 2011.

The move likely means Jordan Schafer will assume the starting center field role in Houston. The Astros have catchers Chris Snyder and Jason Castro, so they could afford to part with Quintero and his salary. Meanwhile, projected Royals starter Lorenzo Cain could find himself competing with Bourgeois for playing time. The Royals placed Perez and Manny Pina on the 60-day disabled list to create roster space for their new acquisitions.


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98 Comments on "Royals Acquire Jason Bourgeois, Humberto Quintero"


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Koby2
3 years 3 months ago

We got both? Why Bourgeois?

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Snoochies8
3 years 3 months ago

maybe they don’t feel lorenzo cain is ready to be a starter? or maybe jason bourgeois will spell all three spots every so often, not a bad move though, chapman could be a decent acquisition for the astros.

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Daniel Wesley
3 years 3 months ago

Uh, there are zero concerns about Cain, I know that much. My assumption is that the Royals have concluded that Jerrod Dyson will never hit.

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3 years 3 months ago

Cain is hitting .521 this spring. How could they be worried about him

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Snoochies8
3 years 3 months ago

because spring stats aren’t good predictors and really shouldn’t be taken into account much?

case in point: eric “keebler elf” sogard has been one of the a’s best hitters this spring

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twentyfivemanroster
3 years 3 months ago

How about a .301/.343/.402 line at the ML level and .295/.368/.430 line at the minor league level plus a great glove.  Don’t see any concerns.  He hasn’t given reason at any level to have concerns.

What Ben said in article(possible Cain to bench or minors) shows what little knowledge he has about the Royals.

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Snoochies8
3 years 3 months ago

that’s fair enough, obviously he forced the royals hand enough for them to trade melky. 

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toddcoffeytime
3 years 3 months ago

Cain still seems to have a reputation as a 4th OF candidate only, going all the way back to his early years with Milwaukee–I’m not saying its true, but that seems to be the perception

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Yankees420
3 years 3 months ago

Cain only has 181 PA at the major league level, so acquiring Bourgeois as an insurance plan isn’t a bad move, assuming the PTBNL isn’t too significant. 

Plus, if I’m not mistaken, Jeff Francouer is set to start in the OF, and he’s definitely not a sure thing to continue the success he had last year.

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notsureifsrs
3 years 3 months ago

cain is 26. i like him as much as anyone, but to pretend there haven’t been concerns about him is pretty silly

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twentyfivemanroster
3 years 3 months ago

Cain didn’t play baseball til his junior year of High School.  Being 26 is fairly young since he’s only been playing the game for a decade.

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notsureifsrs
3 years 3 months ago

nonetheless, he’s still been old for every level he’s played at over the last few years and he’s been in the minors for seven seasons

i like him. i think he’s been ready for awhile. but there always have been and still are concerns about him

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twentyfivemanroster
3 years 3 months ago

I think you get his actual age and his baseball age mixed up.  I don’t care how much of an age difference he’s had at different levels, those younger players more than likely have more experience of playing baseball than Cain.
He would’ve been up last season if the Royals hadn’t signed Melky Cabrera prior to the Greinke trade.  Dayton Moore has said as much.

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Snoochies8
3 years 3 months ago

being “younger in terms of baseball age” especially when you’re old for the level is never a good thing, no matter how you try to spin it

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dbreer23
3 years 3 months ago

If KC doesn’t feel Cain is ready after what he did in Omaha last year, then they ought to just deal him to someone who will play him.  He had a very good third-of-a-season in 2010 while in MIL, on top of his work in the minors.  Just needs the ABs.

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Snoochies8
3 years 3 months ago

i was more thinking aloud what reason there might be for getting bourgeois, he’s a good get but sort of weird since the royals outfield seemed pretty much set.

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dbreer23
3 years 3 months ago

Sure…I understood that it wasn’t your personal opinion on what they should do.

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philliesfan136
3 years 3 months ago

I’m thinking the 2nd option and he might play some 2B as well.

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johnsmith4
3 years 3 months ago

Bourgeois has options…he can be assigned to the minors without going through waivers.  This gives Royals depth beyond their 25-man roster.

Guest
3 years 3 months ago

Dang!

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101andCounting
3 years 3 months ago

Quiet down, you!

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D.J. Wilson
3 years 3 months ago

I love this trade for us. Even if Quintero has limited upside, Bourgeois is a stud with incredible speed and a good stick, he’s an upgrade over Mitch Maier. I would love to see him make our club as the 4th OF.

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jacks100
3 years 3 months ago

I think that’s a loose use of the term “stud”, but the guy can run and has upside.

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Backup_Slider
3 years 3 months ago

I wouldn’t call Bourgeois a stud. He hits lefties very well but struggles against righties. He has very limited power. His speed is superior and he is a top rate basestealer. His outfield defense rates at about average overall as he is a second baseman by nature with good foot speed but not much of an arm. 

If the Royals use him as a platoon outfielder/secondbaseman and limit his exposure to righthanded pitching, they should get good results.

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wadebets
3 years 3 months ago

On the Astros, he’s a stud :)

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East Coast Bias
3 years 3 months ago

On the Astros, I’m a stud. 

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JimmityCricket
3 years 3 months ago

I cannot believe they traded for Ian Desmond. What were the Astros thinking?

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Brian Allen
3 years 3 months ago

what?

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richardb21
3 years 3 months ago

they didn’t trade for desmond…

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FacelessGeneralManager
3 years 3 months ago

?????

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Guest
3 years 3 months ago

somehow i see this comment as a joke and really funny.  i’m probably the only one though

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Brian Allen
3 years 3 months ago

not sure how the Astros benefited talent-wise from this trade…sorry to see them go, however. Here’s to hopes they are successful in KC

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trevorc
3 years 3 months ago

 a 6’4″ lefty with huge K #s and decent upside for 2 career backups is definitely a talent upgrade.

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Brian Allen
3 years 3 months ago

his minor league stats weren’t impressive. His lowest ERA was a 4.84. It doesn’t matter how much talent you have if you can’t produce in the lowest talent-laden level…

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Lastings
3 years 3 months ago

You can’t simply account for ERA. His strikeout rates are very impressive, but his walks are really what concerns me…

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mwilly33
3 years 3 months ago

Yeah, true…but you like the power arm. That’s something the Astros lack right now. Even though the system is improving, there aren’t many “power” guys.

Hopefully they saw something they could “fix” and they can lower the BB rate.

Good luck to Jason and Q. Both are fun to watch.

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toddcoffeytime
3 years 3 months ago

As a non-contending team, it makes even more sense to stock the farm with fringy power arms with control issues and hope that a few figure it out.  I like it for the Astros

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Thomas Wilson
3 years 3 months ago

Exactly the Stros need talent more than they need 30yo’s Power LHP even if it is middle relief is valuable, look at what Marshall just netted CHC  a cost controlled SP and a 2B prospect.

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MoCrash
3 years 3 months ago

Not only a power arm, but a power lefty. The Royals have depth in hard-throwing LHP, so even dealing from near the bottom of the deck gets a little MLB depth.

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johnsmith4
3 years 3 months ago

Astros received Royals 18th best prospect plus a PTBNL.  A C-level prospect according to Baseball America.  Astros claiming PTBNL is better of the two.  PTBNL probably is a prospect from 2011 draft.  I wouldn’t be surprised if it is a C+ prospect.

Not a bad haul for a couple of backups.