Remember when Salvy Perez played first base in the Royals season finale at Chicago? At the time, manager Ned Yost said it was a preview of things to come this winter.
By PETE GRATHOFF
The Kansas City Star
Sure enough Perez is playing for Tiburones de La Guaira in the Venezuelan Winter League and has spent the majority of his time at first base.
However, Perezs work at first base has less to do with the Royals future plans for their All-Star catcher than simply making sure he is not catching too many games this year.
Dont read anything into it, Royals general manager Dayton Moore said. Hes playing winter ball and wants to play winter ball. Its what a lot of the kids from Latin America do.
If he was our center fielder, hed be playing center field. If he was a third baseman, hed be playing third. But hes a catcher and he just happens to be athletic enough to play another position and we just dont want him catching.
Perez has appeared in 21 games at first base, caught seven times and has been a designated hitter in four games. A quick scan of the box scores showed Perez made an error in each of his first two games at first base, but hes been flawless ever since.
It seems Perez, 23, has his eye on being a first baseman in the future.
"I'd like to play two positions in the majors ... so I would like to be catcher once or twice a week, Perez told El Universal in November.
However, Ultimas Noticias reported that Perezs time at first base will be reduced.
Tony De Francesco, Perezs manager, told Ultimas Noticias earlier this month (translation via my brother): The Royals spoke with Salvador and wanted to be assured that there is not a lot of work for him at first base. For that reason today I (will) alternate Alex (Cabrera) and Hector (Sanchez). I understand that he is a franchise player and Kansas City doesn't want him to get hurt.
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