Talking to a season ticket holder Tuesday night; a guy who knows some of the front office personnel, supposedly. I think he knows some of the lower level guys, not the top-rung people, but still, some of the things he has told me the club was toying with doing in the past actually ended up playing out eventually.
If the Royals were able to get rid of Guillen, they would consider moving Callaspo to 3B, Gordon to 1B, and Butler to DH, with Aviles getting a shot at winning the 2B job next year, or acquiring a 2B and using Aviles as MI utility man. There is some thought in the organization that Callaspo's defensive "abilities" play out much better at 3B than 2B, because while his range is limited, he has quick reflexes and a strong arm ( much stronger than needed at 2B).
Now, I have no idea if this guy is accurate this time - but at least this makes some sense. It would strenghten the team defensively in several positions, while having the added benefit of not losing the offensive value of Callaspo's bat (800 OPS at 3B is acceptable). Assuming Aviles this season is irrelevant, since he was trying to hit with basically ONE ARM all year, and it is not inconceivable that he would be more than adequate offensively for 2B. I think we can all agree that he would be adequate defensively there, and a significant upgrade from Callaspo defensively.
The key to the offseason is to get rid of Guillen, somehow, someway. The Cubs are desperate to get rid of Bradley. Despite whatever issues he might bring, he is a SIGNIFICANT upgrade talent-wise over Guillen. Would love to see Moore pull that off, somehow.