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Swapping Trades

Alan Eskew -Premium Content

Damaso Espino did not take kindly to the news in 2005 that the Royals were switching him to catcher. "I was mad. I was sad," Espino said. "I was thinking a lot of bad things. I was surprised. I was in high-A, playing third base every day. All of a sudden, they told me the news." Espino sings a different song now.

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Royals Organization Report

Alan Eskew -Premium Content

Lefthander Rowdy Hardy was overlooked in the draft out of Austin Peay and signed with the Royals in 2006. He was named the organization's minor league pitcher of the year last season after going 15-5, 2.48 with high Class A Wilmington. He earned the same award in the Carolina League after leading the circuit in wins and innings (167) and finishing second in ERA.

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