Search for Escobar's backup not high on list

Search for Escobar's backup not high on list

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Royals might want to add a veteran middle infielder to back up shortstop Alcides Escobar, but it doesn't seem to be a burning issue.

"It's not something we're focusing on right now, it's not something we're actively pursuing," general manager Dayton Moore said. "We like the group that we have, but we'll see what unfolds later in the winter and into Spring Training. You're always looking for strong middle infield options."

The club currently has Tony Abreu and Irving Falu as potential extra infielders on its roster as well as whoever loses the battle for the second base job between Chris Getz and Johnny Giavotella.

There's also up-and-coming prospect Christian Colon, currently playing well (.300) for Ponce in the Puerto Rican Winter League. Colon was signed as a shortstop but also has played second base.

"We feel he can play both. The way our team is set up now, with Alcides signed long term, it's natural option for him to slide over. But we've got other guys there, too," Moore said.

And perhaps more to come at some point. The Tigers were believed to be willing to part with Ramon Santiago, a sure-handed, strong-armed vet infielder.