Burnitz to take Payton's place
Jay Payton's decision to decline Colorado's contract offer has provided Jeromy Burnitz with a new home.
Payton to Royals?
Now that he has declined an opportunity to sign with the Rockies for one year, Jay Payton has emerged on the Royals most wanted list. With the departure of Raul Ibanez to Seattle for a most generous offer, the Royals have been casting about for another outfielder to join the talented but short-timed Carlos Beltran and newly-acquired Matt Stairs. Payton could be that man according to a report by Dick Kaegel in today's Kansas City Star.
"He's an everyday guy because of the numbers he put up outside of Coors Field last year, but if you put him together with Stairs, it's a pretty good combination," said general manager Allard Baird. Payton was one of the few Rockies to excel outside of the rarified air of the high plains and he would hardly miss a trick moving into the very hitting-friendly environment of Kauffman Stadium.
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