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Hunter Dozier is a Third Baseman and Other Quick Hits

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Consider this your post-season thread for tonight.

Ed Zurga
Bob Dutton is in sunny Arizona, catching up with first round pick Hunter Dozier. Dozier is apparently playing third base now, which seems to be where he'll play going forward. "The Doze" (that's what I'm calling him now) will begin next year at Single-A Lexington.

Dutton also answered some questions here about the Royals.
  • He thinks Yordano Ventura will go into spring training with a rotation spot as his to lose.
  • Kyle Zimmer is likely to get a long look in camp, but begin next year in AA.
  • The Royals would like a full-time second baseman with Emilio Bonifacio as a utility infielder, but don't see second as a high priority and could roll with Boner as the starter.
  • Dutton thinks the Royals might deal a reliever or two and no one is off limits - even Greg Holland.
  • He thinks the Royals won't need to overpay to keep Santana, but he seems doubtful the Royals can even offer market price.


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