The Royals added some outfield depth on Wednesday by acquiring outfielder Carlos Peguero from the Seattle Mariners.
By PETE GRATHOFF
The Kansas City Star
Seattle will receive a player to be determined or cash considerations from the Royals for the 6-foot-5, 260-pound Peguero. In the last three seasons, Peguero has split time between Seattle and Class AAA Tacoma.
Peguero, who turns 27 on Feb. 22, has shown some power. He was seventh in the Pacific Coast League with 19 home runs last year. In his first plate appearance for the Mariners in 2013, Peguero hit a 451-foot shot off the center-field batter’s eye, the third-longest home run in Safeco Field history.
“We felt like we were able to add some power to our organization,” Royals general manager Dayton Moore said. “We feel good about adding a power-hitting outfielder.
“Power is hard to find.”
Moore said hitting coach Pedro Grifol, who spent 13 years in the Mariners organization before joining the Royals last season, had positive things to say about Peguero.
But Peguero also has a propensity for missing the ball. Peguero, who bats left-handed, struck out 156 times in 118 games at Tacoma. He has 1,033 career strikeouts in 796 minor-league games. With the Mariners, he has hit .195 with nine home runs and 27 RBIs in 219 plate appearances during the previous three seasons.
Peguero, who began his minor-league career in 2005, took part in the 2010 Futures Game at Angel Stadium, where he went two for four with a double and a run scored for the World team.
The Mariners designated Peguero for assignment on Jan. 16 after they signed former Royals catcher John Buck.
To make room for Peguero on the 40-man roster, the Royals designated left-hander Everett Teaford for assignment. Teaford, 29, made one appearance for the Royals in 2013, pitching two-thirds of an inning at Cleveland on July 14.
Teaford was 4-6 with a 3.49 ERA last year at Class AAA Omaha in 31 games, including 14 starts. In 2012, Teaford was 1-4 with a 4.99 ERA in 18 games with the Royals.
Moore said he would like to retain Teaford in the organization.