The Royals have filled the Perezence void left by the injury to catcher Salvador Perez by acquiring catcher Humberto Quintero and outfielder Jason Bourgeois from the Houston Astros for minor league pitcher Kevin Chapman and a player to be named later.
The thirty-two year old Humberto Quintero is a nine-year MLB veteran, all in the National League as a backup catcher. Originally signed by the White Sox, he was dealt to the Padres as a minor leaguer, before breaking in the bigs with San Diego for two seasons. He has spent the last seven season in Houston, and hit .240/.258/.317 in 272 plate appearances last year. His lifetime OPS is .589 and he has thrown out 32% of would-be base-stealers in his career, slightly higher than league average. He is slated to make $1 million this season, but with free agent Chris Snyder and the emergence of rookie Jason Castro, was considered expendable in Houston.
Jason Bourgeois is a 30-year old right-handed hitting centerfielder known for his speed. He has bounced around from the Rangers to the Braves to the Mariners to the White Sox to the Brewers, before finally getting a chance with the Astros. Bourgeois enjoyed his best pro season last year hitting .294/.323/.357 with 31 steals in 37 attempts.
Kevin Chapman was a fourth-round pick by the Royals in the 2010 draft out of the University of Florida. Chapman has struck out over 12 per nine innings in the minors, but has struggled with his command, and has posted a 5.06 ERA in 80 minor league innings, all out of the bullpen. The lefty reached as high as AA Northwest Arkansas last season, posting a 4.99 ERA in 39 2/3 innings with 50 strikeouts and 21 walks.
Crisis averted. Soria and Perez are gone, but Dayton has called upon the reserves. All is well in Royal Land.