MLB.com is reporting as a headline that Miguel Olivo has signed a one-year deal with the Kansas City Royals. The deal apparently contains an option for the 2009 season. There do not appear to be any further details on this alleged-signing.
If it is accurate, we have signed a relatively young and defensive-strong backstop. Nobody has ever accused Olivo of being an offensive force by any stretch. However, if he manages to break the Mendoza-line in back-up duty, it would represent an increase in production from the Jason LaPoo experiment.
Overall, count this Royals nut as pleased with the acquisition. Olivo has a good glove and better arm. His bat will be adequate for what he is being asked to do. Buddy Bell would have found a way to get Olivo 550 AB's - hopefully Hillman will limit him to 250-300 AB's. The limited duty could actually help increase Olivo's batting impact (less wear-and-tear).
What does everyone else think?