The Kansas City Royals tweeted late Tuesday afternoon that they have acquired veteran catcher Humberto Quintero and outfielder Jason Bourgeois from the Houston Astros in exchange for Minor League pitcher Kevin Chapman and a player to be named later.
Obviously a move aimed at bolstering the Royals roster with the loss of Salvador Perez for half of the 2012 season.
The 32-year-old Quintero, who will likely share playing time with Brayan Pena, owns a pretty dreadful .234/.268/.321 batting line and a .589 OPS in the big leagues. But the Royals didn’t pick him up for his plate performance, rather his defense, which includes a career of throwing out 32 percent of would-be base stealers.
He was also likely brought on board to provide experience behind the plate that included his ability to block balls and call a solid game.
Meanwhile, Bourgeois, adds insurance to an already pretty good Royals’ outfield that includes Mitch Maier and Jarrod Dyson.
The 30-year old who has bounced around with several organizations, appeared in 162 games over the last two seasons with the Astros, and had a career-best year in 2011 when he batted 294/.323/.357 with a home run and 16 RBI in 93 games. He also stole 31 bases.
In the meantime, Chapman struck out 90 batters in 62 inning pitched during his two minor league seasons, ending last year with AA Northwest Arkansas. But never really has shown his big league level abilities, struggling with control issues.