Omar Infante
2B KC
1 week ago

Infante (back) has been deemed good to go for Wednesday's Grapefruit League game against the Blue Jays, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.

EDGE Analysis

Infante isn't included in the lineup Wednesday, but should be available off the bench as a pinch-hitter or defensive replacement. The veteran second baseman has enjoyed a fairly productive spring, but he's not expected to crack the Tigers' Opening Day roster.

Omar Infante
2B KC
1 week ago

Infante was scratched from Monday's lineup with back stiffness, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.

EDGE Analysis

Infante felt something stiffen in his back while taking BP before the game, so the Tigers have swapped him out of the lineup. It's unclear how long this will keep him sidelined, so consider him day-to-day until the Tigers note otherwise.

Omar Infante
2B KC
3 weeks ago

Infante likely won't make the big league roster despite posting strong numbers this spring, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran infielder is slashing .353/.389/.471 this spring, but with Andrew Romine and Dixon Machado in tow, Infante seems to be the odd man out when it comes to reserve infield spots. However, this strong spring showing could act as a springboard to a major league job with another club, although he'll likely have to settle for an organizational depth role until that opportunity comes along.

Omar Infante
2B KC
4 months ago

Infante has signed a minor league contract with the Tigers that includes an invite to spring training.

EDGE Analysis

He will return to the organization with whom he's spent the majority of his 15-year major league career; the one that signed him as an amateur free agent in 1999. Infante began 2016 in a starting role with Kansas City, but hit just .239/.279/.321 and was eventually released. The soon-to-be 35-year-old is organizational filler at this point.

Omar Infante
2B KC
7 months ago

Infante was released by the Braves on Monday, Kevin McAlpin of the Braves Radio Network reports.

EDGE Analysis

After a disappointing start to the 2016 campaign with the Royals where he hit just .239/.279/.321, Infante joined the Braves via a minor league deal. Unfortunately, the 34-year-old's numbers continued to fall, as he hit a mere .209/.226/.300 with Triple-A Gwinnett.

Omar Infante
2B KC
9 months ago

Infante agreed to a minor league contract with the Braves on Thursday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.

EDGE Analysis

Infante was cut loose by the Royals last week after clearing through waivers unclaimed, and he'll now get the chance to continue his career in Atlanta. The 34-year-old was hitting just .239 this season after slashing a disappointing .220/.234/.318 in 2015, so it remains to be seen how much he has left in the tank but he could get an opportunity to provide middle infield depth in the majors at some point.

Omar Infante
2B KC
9 months ago

Infante cleared waivers Thursday and is now an unrestricted free agent, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Given his .239/.279/.321 slash line through 39 games and remaining contract, it doesn't come as much of a surprise that Infante was able to pass through waivers unclaimed. Following two and a half mediocre seasons in Kansas City, he'll now be free to sign with any team and it's possible he'll attract some interest as a middle infield depth option.

Omar Infante
2B KC
9 months ago

The Royals requested release waivers on Infante, Rustin Dodd of the Kansas City Star reports.

EDGE Analysis

Designated for assignment last week, Infante will now become a free agent if he isn't claimed by Thursday. Given his sizable contract in combination with his lack of production the past three years, he figures to pass through unclaimed.

Omar Infante
2B KC
9 months ago

Infante was designated for assignment Wednesday.

EDGE Analysis

Infante had seen a drastic decline in his playing time of late, as his last at bat came June 2. The veteran second baseman lost his grip on a starting role following a rough May in which he hit just .211 and eventually gave way to Whit Merrifield full time. The 34-year-old hasn't hit better than .252 in a season since arriving in Kansas City in 2014, but it's possible he'll attract some interest from other teams as a middle infield depth option.

Omar Infante
2B KC
10 months ago

Infante's playing time is taken a significant hit recently despite a slew of injuries to the Kansas City infield. According to Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com, Royals manager Ned Yost is currently defining Infante's role as "protection" against further injuries.

EDGE Analysis

Infante hasn't started since June 2, while Cheslor Cuthert, Christian Colon, and Whit Merrifield have been seeing regularly playing time. With an empty .239/.279/.321 line through 39 games this season, the Royals appear to have accepted Infante's contract as a sunk cost. On the books at the pro-rated portion of $7.8 million for the rest of this season and at $8 million in 2017 (plus a $2 million buyout for a 2018 team option), there is no guarantee that Infante will retain a roster spot with the Royals as the season progresses.