The Royals' willingness to trade Jeff Francoeur has fluctuated greatly in recent weeks, major league sources tell Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports. An official with another club termed their interest in moving the veteran as "back and forth, every other week."
Francoeur should draw even more interest once Kevin Youkilis is traded as clubs looking for right-handed hitting could turn to the Royals rightfielder instead. Kansas City is within striking distance in the AL Central but strong play from prospect Wil Myers could motivate the club to move the 28-year-old.
Unsurprisingly, Morosi hears that Francoeur is more available than Billy Butler, who is on a longer-term contract One source said Kansas City would need a "[Zack] Greinke-type" offer in order to part with Butler.