Royals sift through options in efforts to acquire catcher
"Will the Royals take a run at veteran catcher Ivan Rodriguez as a temporary — or not so temporary — replacement for injured Salvy Perez? Or will they try to pry a spare part away from another club?
The answer could come Friday when club officials learn the severity of the torn cartilage in Perez's left knee after he undergoes an operation in Los Angeles.
"That's just the way that it is," manager Ned Yost said. "You go in and find out the extent of the injury. Depending on where the tear is makes a difference."
Club officials admit all options are under consideration but widely confirm growing urgency to find a veteran player to pair with veteran backup Brayan Peña while Perez recovers — however long that recovery takes.
Rodriguez, 40, is a free agent who batted just .218 last season in 44 games for Washington. He is a 14-time All-Star whose resume includes 13 Gold Gloves and the 1999 American League Most Valuable Player award.
Other potential targets include:
Craig Tatum, 29, appears a longshot to make the Arizona roster. He has one homer, 22 RBIs and a .223 average in 100 games over the last three years with Cincinnati and Baltimore.
Corky Miller, 35, is with Cincinnati on a minor-league contract. He has played just 199 games over the last 10 years with five clubs while batting .188 with 11 homers and 59 RBIs."
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